Rod Stafford preaching at Fairfax.
By Carl Stagner
Growing up in the shadow of his older brother isn’t an accurate description at all. Seventeen years separated the two of them, but very little else did. Sibling rivalry wasn’t an issue, neither was the need for either brother to be in the Church of God limelight. In fact, Gilbert Stafford was more of a second father figure for Rod, the senior pastor of Fairfax Community Church in Fairfax, Virginia. Rod Stafford considered Gil a role model, though he never planned to follow in his family’s ministerial footsteps. As the Church of God Regional Convention at his home church nears (September 18–19), Pastor Rod Stafford opens up about life, family, and calling. Continue reading
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Tagged 2018 Regionals, CHOG Convention, church growth, cities of influence, D.C., District of Columbia, Embrace Life, Fairfax, Gilbert Stafford, Give Life, global, Hear Life, international, Life Fairfax, LifeFairfax, nation's capital, Receive Life, regional conventions, Rod Stafford, VA, Virginia, Washington
Photo: CBH recording studio on the camp meeting grounds in Anderson.
By Mykaela Alvey
In 1947, an Anderson College student named Richard Lee Meischke, who had an interest in radio, conceived the idea of a nationally distributed radio broadcast about the Church of God. This idea, followed up by conversations with a talented preacher at Anderson’s Park Place Church of God, Dr. Dale Oldham, and the Board of Church Extension and Home Missions, led to the launch what would be known as Christian Brotherhood Hour in January of 1947. Using the sanctuary of Park Place Church, they began producing programs, with Dr. Oldham acting as host and speaker. Their slogan would be, “A united Church for a divided world.” Continue reading
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Tagged broadcast, CBH, Christian Brotherhood Hour, Christians Broadcasting Hope, Dale Oldham, Eugene Sterner, Gilbert Stafford, global, history, James Earl Massey, Jim Lyon, languages, media, radio, speakers, ViewPoint
Theology for Disciples, an essential textbook by the late Dr. Gilbert W. Stafford, will be released in Spanish this month under the title Teología para Discípulos. The translation was sponsored by the Hispanic Council of the Church of God and the Literature Endowment Fund of Warner Press, Inc. Continue reading
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Tagged Anderson University School of Theology, books, Concilio Hispano, Gilbert Stafford, Hispanic Council, Spanish, study, theology, Theology for Disciples, Warner Press