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Fairfax, Safety Harbor Regionals Last but Not Least!

Worship at the Fairfax Regional 2018.

By Carl Stagner

Church of God pastors and laypeople who descended on Fairfax, Virginia, and Safety Harbor, Florida, in September were the last to experience the impact of the Church of God Regional Conventions this year. By no means, however, were they disappointed. They were, in fact, the first to hear featured speaker Kevin Earley and regional guest speaker Brad Lomenick. The tested strategies and insights of host pastor Rod Stafford were only available in Virginia, and the deeply personal dare to dream came only from host pastor Terry Rolen in Florida. Jo Anne Lyon and Jim Lyon spoke at all five Regionals, but instead of tired, overdone messages, they brought refined words, fresh with content, anecdotes, exhortations, and inspiration. After the third 2018 Regional, the events took a three-month hiatus. But based on the new life breathed into the Movement this September, it was a busy summer for the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Announces Domestic Ministries Director


Photo: Rev. Handel Smith and family.

By Mary Baker-Boudissa

Church of God Ministries (CGM) has named Rev. Handel Smith as the new director of domestic ministries.

“Churches grow through God’s power,” says Rev. Handel Smith. “My desire is to be used by God to help our churches continue to discover God’s purpose.” Smith will join the executive leadership team at Church of God Ministries later this summer, under the direction of Jim Lyon. Continue reading