Tennessee Welcomes New Pastoral Couple to Lawrence Chapel

PhotoWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Bishop Mack Allen Willis I and his wife Brenda to serve as the new pastoral couple at the Lawrence Chapel Church of God of Prophecy.  Mack holds a Bachelors Degree in Theology Studies and a Masters Degree in Counseling.  Mack and Brenda are the parents of Mack Allen Willis II and Kimberly Ann Willis.

Mack and Brenda are coming to us from the State of South Carolina and will begin their service on November 1, 2014.  Please join me in extending a warm Tennessee welcome to the Willis family.

Death Notice – Bishop W.E. Robertson

This report is from Saundra Johnston of Henderson, Kentucky.  She is the sister to Barbara Pritchett the wife of Bishop William Pritchett, the pastor of the Tullahoma Church.  Please join us in prayer for this precious family.

“Through tear filled eyes and a broken heart, my Daddy went to be with The Lord at 9:25 this morning. Bishop W. E. Robertson. Sept. 26, 1927 – October 9, 2014. Visitation will be Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Ridouts Funeral Home in Trussville, AL with his funeral service at 11:00 a.m.”

Bishop McKinley

Campground Upgrades

For the past several weeks, Bishop Jerry Payne, the pastor at our Grimsley Church worked hard to do some much needed upgrades to the Staff House at Camp Hickory Hills.  He enlisted the aid of a friend and they worked tirelessly to make the facilities much nicer.  Interior was treated and painted, along with other work.  Here are several photos of some of the work.  Not pictured here (yet) is the new furniture for the common area.  Thanks Brother Payne for you love for the camping program.Staffhouse Upgrades 1966781_1028970840452485_8297547845467760954_n (1) 1966781_1028970840452485_8297547845467760954_n 10505497_1028866777129558_1357619574148546655_n (1) 10505497_1028866777129558_1357619574148546655_n (2) 10505497_1028866777129558_1357619574148546655_n 10592698_1028970857119150_6701956780320206423_n 10593089_1028865533796349_1498249582354811171_n 10616185_1028865570463012_8860336850552071964_n 10646668_1028866760462893_8111407261458156528_n (1) 10646668_1028866760462893_8111407261458156528_n (2) 10646668_1028866760462893_8111407261458156528_n 10659313_1028865587129677_5237157750369802588_n 10676403_1028865603796342_4783295567297308653_n 10703887_1028865507129685_3450608970360793715_n

Congratulations Deacon Kevin Wagner

New Deacon Ordained at Crab Orchard

New Deacon Ordained at Crab Orchard

On October 5, 2014 it was a privilege to ordain a new deacon in the Church of God of Prophecy in Tennessee.  After having completed all of the necessary requirements for ordination, Kevin Dale Wagner was formally ordained during Homecoming Services at the Crab Orchard Church of God of Prophecy, where Bishop Terry Swaw serves as Senior Pastor.  We welcome Deacon Wagner to this vital and important ministry

Plateau District Meetings

This past Tuesday, Debra and I were privileged to share a meal in Crossville, Tennessee with the pastors and companions of the Plateau District churches.  Whenever we share these times, it is a great time of fellowship and sharing of information.  I have watched as we’ve conducted these meetings across the state year after year and the richness of the fellowship is evident and the desire to work together as local churches have grown.  This is the third of our meetings in 2014 and we are looking forward to the rest of the state.

Thanks to Dr. Freddie Harding the District Presbyter for helping to secure the location and provide the necessary preparations.  Debra and I enjoyed spending the night at their home in Spencer.

The next day, Wednesday, we met again with the group of pastors, companions and church treasurers to conduct a training session for the new SharePoint system being used by all levels of church leadership.  Special thanks to Brother and Sister Todd Bagley for a nice lunch preceding the class.

We are blessed to work with such wonderful people in Tennessee!

Bishop E.C. & Debra McKinley
Presiding Bishop of Tennessee

A visit with 108-year-old church member

Yesterday afternoon, Debra and I had the privilege of spending a little time with one, if not THE oldest church member in the

Member of the Lawrence Chapel Church in Crossville, Tennessee.

Member of the Lawrence Chapel Church in Crossville, Tennessee.

Church of God of Prophecy.  Sister Bee is special to our family, she was good friends with my parents, grandparents and Debra’s parents as well.  In fact, Sister Bee has known me longer than I’ve known her and I’ve known her my entire life.

Growing up in Evansville, Indiana, Sister Bee was one of the faithful members of the local church and a great encouragement to me as a young man preparing for ministry.  Included in this picture with Sister Vera Bee is my wife Debra and District Presbyter, Bishop Freddie Harding.

When Debra asked, “what is the secret of living so long?”  Sister Bee replied, “SECRETS!  I don’t have any secrets.”  It was a priceless moment.

We love Sister Bee and hope you will join us in prayer for her as she pushes forward to 109!

Fifth Sunday District Fellowship – Chattanooga

Last night I was privileged to drop in on a great fellowship service at the Hickory Valley Church in Chattanooga.  This fellowship service is one of the “FIFTH SUNDAY” that takes place across the state on a regular basis.

The idea is simple.  On the months there are five Sundays, the District Presbyter organizes a Sunday evening worship service in one of the churches in his area of responsibility.  The events are a great time to connect with other churches in your area and for our pastors to get to know one another a little better.

In last night’s fellowship, Darren Shalk, the Director of the Christian Education Department at the International Offices brought a great message from Matthew 11.  I encourage you to take advantage of special events like this when they are taking place in your area.  May the Lord bless you.

E.C. McKinley
State Presiding Bishop

New Pastoral Appointment – Ashland City, Tennessee

New Pastoral Appointment

New Pastoral Appointment

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Donn Lovvorn to serve as the new Senior Pastor at the Ashland City Church of God of Prophecy.  Former pastor, Bishop Mike and Kathy Burton are taking a short leave of absence and Bishop Burton will be teaching some educational development classes for the Tennessee State Offices.

Most recently, Pastor Donn Lovvorn has served as the youth pastor at our Crossroads Church in White Bluff, Tennessee and before that served as Senior Pastor at the StrongTower Ministries Church (formerly known as the Shady Grove Church)  Please join us in prayer for the wonderful people at the Ashland City Church and for the Burtons.

Women of Grace 2014 Fall Tour

Tennessee Women of Grace

Tennessee Women of Grace

This weekend, I was privileged to spend a few minutes at the Baggett’s Chapel Church in Cunningham, Tennessee with some very special ladies.  The event was the Tennessee Women of Grace Fall Tour, sharing upcoming events, casting vision and mentoring ladies.  We are truly blessed in Tennessee with a dynamic Women’s Ministries Department, led by Londa Richardson.

In the meeting last night, Londa, her board and Debra McKinley shared with the ladies gathered.  Without counting myself, I was told there was well over 50 women from the upper middle Tennessee area gathered at the church for fellowship, worship, the Word and fun.  This morning, the team traveled to the House on the Rock Church of God of Prophecy in Pulaski, Tennessee for the second of the fall meetings.

Each of the team shared in both locations their vision and ministry for ladies throughout our State.  Each one of these special ladies are ministers with thriving ministries:

Londa Richardson is our CFA for the State and has been mentoring her team for years.
Michelle Brooks-Young is the Tennessee Global Missions Director.
Kim Batson is our State Children’s Ministries Director.
Jill Mandrell serves the local church at Lakeside and is a gifted speaker and worship leader.
Debra McKinley (Bishop McKinley’s spouse) serves as a State Administrative Assistant and is the Director of Peek-A-Boo and Praise Ministries.

Each area of the State of Tennessee has an assigned coordinator who works with the State Director and her Council.

The next meetings are scheduled as follows:

September 5, 2014 hosted by the GreenRidge Church
September 6, 2014 morning meeting hosted by the North Hills Church in McMinnville
September 6, 2014 afternoon meeting hosted by the Stanley Street Church of God of Prophecy in Crossville.

For more information about upcoming state Women’s Ministries events CLICK HERE to go to the Tennessee Women of Grace Website, or check us out on the Tennessee Church of God of Prophecy (Official) page on Facebook.
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Special Prayer Request – Sharon Caruthers

I am asking everyone to join me in prayer tonight for Sharon Caruthers.  Sharon’s serves with her husband, Pastor Vernon Caruthers at the Madisonville Church of God of Prophecy in Tennessee.  She has been hospitalized for some-time-now with a serious infection and is recovering from multiple surgeries.  Again on Saturday, Sharon will be facing another surgery and I am asking all who can to join me in prayer for Sharon and Vernon.

We know the Lord has all the ability to heal, as well as guide the hands of the surgeons and other caregivers.  Thank you for helping us pray.

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