The congregation honoring Pastor Walls for his faithful service (Image courtesy Ferman Brown Photography).
By Carl Stagner
They came from near and far. Pastors, politicians, family, friends, and members of the community descended upon East Second Street First Church of God in Xenia, Ohio, for a very special and very unique occasion. On Sunday, March 18, notable Church of God figures addressed the over-capacity crowd, including—but not limited to—Ed Foggs, former executive secretary of the Church of God; Miki Merritt, presiding elder of the National Association; Demetrius Booker, associate state pastor of Ohio Ministries; Timothy Clarke, senior pastor of First Church of God in Columbus; and Dennis Kidd, senior pastor of Front Street Church of God in Hamilton, Ohio. Morning and afternoon services, complete with preaching, presentations, and powerful moments of worship, celebrated the sixty-five-year ministry of Dr. J. Douglas and Lady Donna Walls: fifty faithful years at one church. Continue reading
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Collage: Miki Merrit and Richard Mansfield
By Whitney Knight and Elizabeth Sieg
Mid-America Christian University honored two influential Church of God leaders during commencement services on Saturday, May 13, at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Reverends Miki Merritt and Richard Mansfield received honorary doctor of divinity degrees for their contributions to the Church of God movement, MACU, and the world. Continue reading
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We hope you are making plans to attend the 2015 Mid-Year Leadership Conference, March 3–5 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Please register as soon as possible to ensure special low-rates on rooms.
This year’s conference format features two tracks of study that allow for specific dialogue on leadership issues related to pastors and ministry leaders. These sessions offer a fantastic opportunity to dialogue with some of our most respected leaders—Milton Grannum, Ronald Fowler, and Gideon Thompson—on the vital topic of leadership. Their combined service represents over one hundred years of excellence in ministry. We are deeply fortunate to have this time to learn from, and share with, these leaders. Continue reading
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By Mary Baker-Boudissa
St. Louis, Missouri, is a big city. In many respects, though, it feels like a small city. Its residents are closely connected, even across the many municipalities that makeup the St. Louis metropolitan area. It is no wonder, then, that the shooting of Michael Brown could have such widespread impact. What much of the nation is seeing only through television and social media reports, Miki Merritt, presiding elder of the National Association of the Church of God and pastor of New Cote Brilliante Church of God in St. Louis, is witnessing firsthand. “St. Louis is my home. This is where I grew up.” Merritt goes on to describe the changes in the community since the shooting in August, “My drive to the office brings me through downtown Ferguson every day. You kind of feel like Nehemiah—that the walls of your city are being burned down.” Continue reading