I received word today of the passing of Brother Johnny Lynn, a former pastor in the Tennessee Church of God of Prophecy. Please CLICK HERE to go to the funeral home website detailing visitation and service times. Let’s be sure to pray for the Lynn family.
In 2007 I made a very special missions trip to the Nation of Ukraine. On that mission trip we were blessed to worship at the Kiev Church, the site mentioned here. Today I read a heart-wrenching appeal from the area for assistance with refugees from the recent fighting between Russia and Ukraine.
Please read this PDF file that shows the special need. Feel free to print and share with your congregation and respond as God directs you. Click on this link to view the urgent appeal from the International Ministries of the Church of God of Prophecy. Ukraine Appeal – 2014.10.24
We 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.
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.”
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.
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
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
Yesterday afternoon, Debra and I had the privilege of spending a little time with one, if not THE oldest church member in the
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!
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.
State Presiding Bishop
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.