Imagine Pastors Conference

Death Notice – Bishop Edsel Hartman

Bishop Hartman was born on June 27, 1927 and passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Bishop Hartman was a resident of Cleveland, Tennessee at the time of his passing.

Bishop Hartman was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and he was a graduate of the Chattanooga Central High School.

  Bishop Edsel Hartman

Funeral Arrangements: Edsel Hartman Visitation & Funeral

Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy
3301 Peerless Road.

Thursday Jan. 26, 2017 time 11:00-1:00 visitation with funeral at 1:00.

Arrowhead Church of God of Prophecy
3113 W. John Sevier Hwy
Knoxville 37920 on Friday

Jan. 27, 2017 time 11:00-1:00 visitation with funeral at 1:00. Internment following at the Berry Highland South Cemetery on 9010 W. Simpson Road in Knoxville 37920

21 Days of Prayer

Beginning January 5, 2017 the Church of God of Prophecy will begin a period of 21 days of prayer.  As our first CORE value we recognize the need for God’s people to make His house a House of Prayer.  Local churches, districts, nations and regions of the world will be involved in this special time of humbling ourselves before the Lord, recognizing that we cannot change the circumstances of our world, but we can allow the Lord to change us.

Our General Overseer, Bishop Sam N. Clements has addressed these 21 days in a video message to the church.  You may find it by going to this link:  CLICK HERE

Death Notice – Margie M Bice

margie-bice-1482077215Obituary for Margie M Bice

Mrs. Margie Trivett Bice, age 90, of Elizabethton, TN passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. A native of Poga, TN she was the daughter of the late (T.L.) Lackey and Oda Guy Trivett. Mrs. Bice was a homemaker and was a teacher during World War II at Elk Mills School and Charity Hill School. She was a member of Heartland Fellowship for sixty-nine years where she served as Church Clerk and Treasurer and leader of the Women’s Missionary Auxiliary for many years. Mrs. Bice enjoyed camping, hiking, sewing, quilting and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Bice; a son, Johnny Bice; sisters, Gladys Lund, Mildred Treadway and Ruby Trivett and brothers, Roy Trivett and Oscar Trivett. Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Charlotte Pate and husband Gary; Nancy Bennett and husband Lester, all of Elizabethton; Freda Russell and husband Joe, Chapmansboro, TN; four sisters, Daisy Shingleton and husband Gary, Hampton, TN; Christine Hill, Fayetteville, NC, Elva Hoke and husband Gene, Clearwater, FL and Pauline Leatherland, Orlando, FL; two brothers, Preston Trivett, Sarasota, FL and Lloyd Trivett and wife Joy, Foster, RI; six grandchildren, Jessica Bennett-Shim and husband Dongseop Shim, Jeju Island, South Korea; Jami Bennett, Jeju Island, South Korea; Kelly Culp and husband Tyler, Murfreesboro, TN; Kevin Russell, Franklin, TN; Angela Waters and husband Julius and Melissa Burchfield and husband Kevin, all of Elizabethton; four great-grandchildren, Jay Waters, Julie Waters Colbaugh, Jacob Waters and Austin Burchfield and one great-great-grandson, Caleb Waters, all of Elizabethton.

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Margie Trivett Bice will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Pastor Marvin Slagle officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 -7:00 P.M. on Tuesday prior to the funeral service.

Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10:45 A.M. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Kevin Burchfield, Julius Waters, Jacob Waters, Jay Waters, Dongseop Shim, Steve Bales, Cole Harmon and R.V. Arnold. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:40 A.M. on Wednesday.

The family would like to express a special thanks to the entire staff, nurses, cooks, housekeeping and frontline caregivers of Ivy Hall Nursing Home who gave compassionate care, love and concern for our Mother. Also special thanks to Hannah Counts of Hospice.

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Haiti Missions Project, c/o Heartland Fellowship, 211 Heartland Way, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Condolences may be sent to the family visiting and signing the guestbook or by fax 423-542-9499. Tetrick Funeral Home is serving the Bice family. Office: 423-542-2232, Obituary Line: 423-543-4917


Death Notice – Pastor Steve Wilson

Wilson, Steve

Wilson, Steve

I am saddened to report the death of Pastor Steve Wilson Jr., former pastor of the Peerless Road Church in Cleveland.  He was killed in a hunting accident this past weekend.
The memorial service for Steve Wilson will take place on Friday, November 25.

Visitation 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Service at 3:00 p.m.

Mount Olive Church of God
3522 Harrison Pike
Cleveland, TN 37311

Revival Update from Roberts Tabernacle

Bary Ray
16 hrs ·
Revival update: in the last 4 days at Roberts Tabernacle, Jesus has saved 10 souls and at least 5 have been filled with the Holy Spirit. Many have been renewed. chains have been broken, bodies healed and many more blessings have been received. We have enjoyed the PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY. TO JESUS BE ALL PRAISE. SIster Shanon was anointed by the Holy Spirit to bless our church. We will be in Heaven before we know the full results of this revival . It was so wonderful to see so many young people seeking more of Jesus each night.

Finland Harvest Partner News



Harvest Partner letter from Finland October 2016






clip_image004Lataamo (Loading Station) at Hameenlinna


I wrote in March that young adults of Free Evangelical church started a new ministry – Loading Station – that will empower and give a place for service for young adults at our place. These meetings are held once a month in our Link Center at the moment. We will see how these meetings develop in future.

Meetings have been continued. New people have visited, around 200 persons during this year. Some of them have stayed and come back every time. Gatherings are more like a big family reunion. And the greatest thing has been that God has encountered us mightily. Attendees have mainly been believers, but at least one person has become a believer because God touched him during the meeting.

What is coming out of this? We are still not sure, but it seems to be more and more like a church, or community of people who want to encounter with God and to live as disciples of Jesus 24/7.

Heli and I are privileged to be part of the development process. We are also part of the leadership team as mentors and encouragers. What a change, what a great experience!


Links – our small groups


As Link Church, Church of God of Prophecy in Finland, we are having three small groups working at the moment. Groups meet in three different locations around an hour drive from each other. Links are helping people to stay with Jesus and to grow in Him.

It is so important that Christians are getting together. When we can pray for each other our burdens are lightened and we are giving thanks to our Lord Jesus together. I believe that multiplies our thanks.

There is a possibility to share insights and inspirations in the Link meetings. That gives a possibility to model how to walk with Jesus.

Leadership team


Bishop Endecott wrote in WWM October 2016 issue, that a leadership team has recently been strengthened and is helping pastor/overseer Satila. Faithful members of the team are seeking direction to reach out more effectively to our nation.

That statement is true. I can also see that God is answering to prayers and efforts in finding the direction. One of those answers is that we are getting familiar with Emotionally Healthy Course -material, that is developed by Pete Scazzero whom you might remember from our International Assembly. He was speaking to us there and I have found his material very helpful. As a team we started to practice Sabbath, a break of 24 hours once a week. That is a time to play and pray as Eugene Peterson describes the Sabbath.

I just read, ”It always seems impossible until it’s done – Nelson Mandela” And that describes our situation well. It just seems to be an impossible task to have an effective local church reaching out and influencing the nation.

Keep on remembering us with these impossible situations here!!


We need help


We are satisfied with the present situation. We have our calling together with other Christians. We are trying to fulfill that calling though it seems to be a bit different what I have expected it to be.

There is one area where we as a Link Church are not satisfied with: our reaching new people. Pray for us that we are encouraged by our Lord Jesus to share the Good News. Pray for us that we as human beings are willing to get close enough to those persons we could reach. Pray for us that we will stay long enough with these persons so that the Gospel can be contagious.

Pray specifically for youth in Finland. Many of them are lost. They do not know why they exist. They are not sure if there is a purpose for their life.


Yours in Christ Jesus!


Tapio Satila

Overseer/pastor for Finland



Contact information:

Tapio and Heli Satila

email: tapio.satila(ät)



Death Notice – Jean Talbot

Jean Talbot

Jean Talbot

Age 85 of Hendersonville, TN, was received into the merciful arms of the Lord on the morning of August 26, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, H.M. and Beulah Cowan. Jean lost her first husband of eleven years, Glenn Blackburn; and then her second husband of ten years, John C. Talbot. Jean leaves behind her daughter, Amy Jean (Ted Bock) Dorris; sons, Andy Glenn (Sherry) Talbot, John Marvin Talbot; twelve grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Weakley, Joyce Cowan; Carol Dupre; brother, Marvin Ray (Linda) Cowan; several nieces and nephews; and a host of treasured friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at “Team Isaac” or The Epilepsy Foundation at “Team Willpower.” Please be sure to click on the respective “donate” tabs and select the respective honor/memorial gift option.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 29 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and again on Tuesday, August 30 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. A Celebration of Jean’s Life will follow visitation on Tuesday at noon. All will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-824-3855 Interment will follow the chapel service at Brush Creek Cemetery in Smith County.

New Tennessee Women’s Minister Named

Roxanne Corbett

     Roxanne Corbett

Roxanne Corbett is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands and comes from a loving and musical family. She and her husband Nathan have been married for 28 years and are the blessed parents of 5 daughters and 2 granddaughters.
They served as missionaries to Japan for six years and while there she developed a love for ministry to women, youth, and children.  Since that time she has served the body of Christ as a worship leader, choir director, teacher, and women’s pastor.
In 2011, she received a B.A. in health administration and continues to love working in this area among seniors. For the past two years, she has served as the worship leader for Harvest Christian Fellowship in Knoxville, TN.  In addition to this ministry, she also served as the choir director for the Salvation Army Community Choir and now serves in KAIROS prison ministry international.
She is a licensed minister in the Church of God of Prophecy and is passionate about encouraging women and helping them learn about God through his word.   Over the next several years, her desire is to continue raising her family and to reach out to unchurched women with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Ruby Evans honored

Dear Friends,

The following is an announcement that is from WRJB RADIO in Benton County.  Ruby Evans is a long-time member of the Church of God of Prophecy (Rock Church) in Big Sandy, Tennessee.  She and her family are life-long friends with our overseer’s parents and grandparents.

Ms. Ruby Evans (Pictured Center)

               Ms. Ruby Evans (Pictured Center)


“Quite an accomplishment! She has had a rough month health wise, but is improving. Ruby was 83 in May. It was the end of an era at The Benton County School Board Meeting Monday as Ruby Evans took her seat as a board member for the final time. She’s retiring after serving on the Board of Education for 40 years representing Big Sandy.
She was first elected to the panel in 1976. School Board Chairman Joey Cooper stated, “we call her mama so that tells you the special place she has in our hearts and her heart. She’s been a great asset to our county.”
Director of Schools Mark Florence said, “on behalf of our entire school system, our community and especially this board, we appreciate all you’ve done. You’ve been a true blessing to Benton County Schools.”
In her remarks Ms. Evans said “I’ve served 40 years and this is a great board. There’s no reason for you not to continue to be great for the betterment of Benton County Schools. We’ve worked well together and I feel like we’re great friends. I appreciate and love each one of you.” WRJB and WFWL also salutes and thanks Ruby Evans for her 40 years of dedicated service to Benton County Education and wishes her a Happy Retirement!