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  May 2017  
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A Brief History of the Church of God

COGIt was 1886, in a crude meeting house on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where the Church of God traces its roots. There, a group of eight sincere Christians had a deep desire for a closer relationship and life with Christ. Realizing the futility of reforming their own churches, they established a new church whose objective would be to restore sound scriptural doctrines of the Bible, encourage deeper consecration and promote evangelism and Christian service. Twenty-one years after the formation of the Christian Union that evening at the Barney Creek Meeting House, the growing movement would establish themselves permanently as the Church of God.

From this seemingly insignificant origin has grown one of the most influential worldwide Pentecostal denominations. For nearly 120 years the Church of God has been a distinctive movement focused upon communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Presently, the Church of God has a world-wide membership of over 6 million with a presence in nearly 150 countries. Leaders of the Church of God are recognized as some of the most respected Pentecostal leaders of today.

The call of the Church of God today beckons back to those early days at Barney Creek. Church of God congregations around the globe are experiencing the fire of the Holy Spirit today more than ever. Reports of revivals where hundreds are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit are frequent and on-going. The call of the Church of God is for world evangelization. It is a call to discipleship and prayer. It is a call of commitment. It is a call for the Church of God to be a channel for Pentecostal revival well into the new millennium.

For further information on the history of the Church God, recommended reading is the book Like A Mighty Army, by Dr. Charles W. Conn, available through Pathway Press. Visit their web site at pathwaypressor view our Resource Center.


Since its beginning in 1886, the Church of God has been a “movement” – a moving church that is activated by the Holy Spirit. It is not just a regional or national movement, but a global movement…

The Church of God had its humble beginning in a crude meetinghouse in the mountains along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. A small group of sincere Christians, led by the Rev. R. G. Spurling, had a deep desire for a closer relationship with Christ. Eight people established an infant church call the Christian Union. Later, the name of the church was changed to “Church of God.”

The Church of God is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations. Birthed from the Holiness movement of the 19th century, the early members of the Church of God experienced a modern Pentecost during a revival held at the Shearer Schoolhouse at Camp Creek, North Carolina during 1896. During this revival many persons received the “baptism in the Holy Ghost” with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.

As a Pentecostal church, the heart of our proclamation can be summarized in five statements:

• Jesus is our Savior!
• Jesus is our Sanctifier!
• Jesus is our Spirit baptizer!
• Jesus is our Healer!
• Jesus is our Soon Coming King!


Today, the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) is a global fellowship of over 7 million with a presence in nearly 160 countries. The Church of God is affiliated with the National Association of Evangelicals; the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America; and the Pentecostal World Fellowship.



The Evangel Church of God is a member of the International General Assembly of the with headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee.


Evangel Church of God
Come and Experience the Presence of God
218 Cornelia Street 
Boonton, New Jersey 07005 
Church Phone: 973-263-1787