District Presbyter Announcement

Bishop Jimmy & Donna Barrett

Bishop Jimmy & Donna Barrett

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jimmy Barrett to serve the southern middle Tennessee region.

Jimmy Scott Barrett, is an ordained Bishop in Church of God of Prophecy, and serves with his wife, Donna.  Brother and Sister Barrett have been married for 42 years.

Bishop Barrett graduated High School in 1972, and has earned a Bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministry, and a Masters degree in Psychology, He also holds a Doctorate degree in Biblical Counseling. Bishop Barrett served in military intelligence in the U.S. Army for seven years and nine years in Tennessee Army National Guard.

Called into the Lord’s ministry in 1970, he served as Senior pastor for over twenty years, 17 years in the Church of the Nazarene, 5 years in the Church of God of Prophecy. Currently serving as senior pastor at Cornerstone Assembly Church of God of Prophecy in Chapel Hill, TN

You may contact him by email at Bishopjbarrett@gmail.com

District Presbyter Announcement

Gene and Edwina Dasher

Gene and Edwina Dasher

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bishop Gene Dasher to serve as the District Presbyter for the Cleveland/Chattanooga area churches.  Currently, Bishop Dasher also serves the local church at the Union Grove church, the historic site of the Second General Assembly of the Church of God movements.  Edwina has served alongside Pastor Dasher

The Dasher family became acquainted with the Church of God of Prophecy in the early 50’s and Gene joined the Orlando 22nd St church in the early 50’s. The family moved Ohio in 1959 as he started High School. The family calls Mansfield Ohio their spiritual home church.

In 1966 Gene left Ohio for the U.S. Army and was trained at Ft Knox KY, his first assignment was in the Republic of Vietnam 1966-1967.  He returned home and was at Ft Hood Texas until 1969 when he left to attend College.

Beginning at Cleveland State Community College, Gene transferred to Lee and graduated in 1973 with a Business Administration Degree.

Gene was in sales until 1975 when Bishop Billy Murray appointed him to go to Jackson TN to pastor, and in 1977 was moved to Livingston to Pastor the local church there. While there, Gene attended Tennessee Tech and completed his Masters Degree in Education with a Business cognate.

In 1979 Gene served the church in  Willard, Ohio and was pastor for four years. In 1983, Gene accepted a challenge at Paterson, LA and we stayed that one year

In 1984, he returned to Cleveland hoping to teach at Tomlinson College full-time, however, due to a low census at TC, he as adjunct faculty.

In 1985, Gene was the CFO for the White Wing, and also ran the bookstore a couple of years before jobs were eliminated in the mid nineties.

Gene served at Union Grove when pastor left in the middle of the year, then sent to Eastview for six years. After this a pastor left in the middle of the year in 1996 and he has been filling in almost 20 years now at Union Grove again.

Please join us in prayer for Gene and Edwina in this new ministry assignment.

District Fellowship at Roberts Tabernacle

District Rally RT

Concert at GreenRidge


Funeral Services for Perry Pearson

Perry Craig Person

Perry Craig PersoObituary for Perry Craig Pearson

Sensitive, loyal, brilliant, adventurous, one-of-a-kind, 17 year-old Perry Craig Pearson of Johnson City, Tennessee, went to his heavenly home on Monday, July 27, 2015. Perry was born on May 8th, 1998, a son of Craig and Rachel Slagle Pearson. Perry was preceded in death by his maternal great grandmother, Mary Martha Davis Slagle, on May 26, 2015.

He is survived by his loving family: parents, Craig and Rachel Pearson, sister, Rayanna Pearson, and brother, Jonas Pearson; grandparents Marvin and Sara Slagle of Johnson City; grandparents John and Sue Pearson of Stevensville, MT; “Aunt” Nichole, great-grandfather Ralph Slagle, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Perry has friends from BSA Troop 35 and ETSU University School who will miss him sorely.
Perry enjoyed computer gaming with his friends, movies, music, trivia, reading, bicycling, roller coasters, and the outdoors.

A service to celebrate the life of Perry will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Larry Stamm, officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Sunday; or at the home of Perry’s grandparents, Pastor Marvin and Sara Slagle.

The graveside service will follow at Washington County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Kevin Slagle, Erik Pearson, Tristan Pearson, Ronnie Zimmern, Bowen Wexler, and William Rogers.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Perry Pearson Memorial Foundation, C/O Heartland Fellowship Church, 211 Heartland Way; Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Pearson family. Office 423-542-2232, Obituary line 423-543-4917.

Perry will never be forgotten by those who knew him. Perry was loved immensely and he will live in our hearts forever, until we see him again. Rest in peace, Babe.

Funeral Arrangements for Perry Pearson

Perry PearsonFuneral Services for Perry Pearson will be at Tetrick Funeral Home in Elizabethton, TN, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 2, 2015.  Perry passed away earlier this week near Dayton, Ohio.  Please continue to pray for the Slagle family during this difficult time.

Prayer Request

Please join me us in prayer Pastor Marvin Slagle and his family. Marvin’s grandson Terry Pearson has passed away at the age of 17, near Dayton Ohio. More information will be forthcoming.

Prayer Request for Patterson Family

Please join us in prayer for the Patterson family of Westmoreland, TN. Bob Patterson passed away today after a struggle with cancer.

Bob’s wife just retired as the long time treasurer of the Westmoreland and was acknowledged at our state convention.

Bob’s sister is Donna Creasy, the wife of Pastor Glenn Creasy of our Hartsville, TN church.

Visitation is Friday after 3:00 pm and the funeral services are at 3:00 pm on Saturday at the Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland.

Upcoming Changes

Now that the convention is past, we will be posting all appointments shortly.  Bless you.

Bishop McKinley

ALERT: Affordable Care Act Reimbursement Info

“July 1 is the deadline for compliance for small employers regarding individual health insurance.
You possibly have seen information of changes that have been imposed on the long-standing practice of small employers in which they have reimbursed premiums for individual health insurance policies (termed “Employer Payment Plans” or EPPS by the IRS). Many churches follow this practice as they were unable to obtain or provide group health insurance for their pastor(s) or other staff.
Through a progression of Notices, the IRS informed employers that EPPs cannot be compliant with the Affordable Care Act requirements and therefore cannot be paid as nontaxable benefits. Furthermore, if an amount is added to salaries so that employees can buy health insurance, the employer cannot require those employees to use the increase for health care. Any violation of these guidelines is subject to stiff penalties up to $100 per affected employee per day.
In February, the IRS announce “relief” from the penalties until July 1, 2015. Employers not complying by that date will be subject to the penalty and to self-reporting their violation.”