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                     History of the South Lenoir Church of God

  The South Lenoir Church of God is part of the Church of God, an International Pentecostal Denomination with Headquarters located in Cleveland Tennessee, and we will be celebrating 86 years of ministry this past August 24th, 2016.

  This local congregation was organized from a tent revival on August 24th,
1930 with fifteen charter members. By July 1933, there were 53 members. Presently,
there are near 160 members.

  The first church building, completed in 1934, was located on the property purchased
from Albert Triplette on Harrisburg Road. Soon the Sunday School attendance was averaging 200.

  By 1945, a new building was erected on Underdown Avenue with it's seating
capacity of 450; by 1951 that building was expanded, providing another 100
as well as additional classrooms since Sunday School was now averaging 450.

  Four of the seven Churches of God that now exist in Caldwell County were organized from the South Lenoir Church: the Hudson Church of God (1955),
North Lenoir (1956) and the Kings Creek Church of God in (1974), and the
Cajah's Mountain Church of God in (1977).

  Meanwhile, South Lenoir completed a new parsonage, a Fellowship Hall, and additional parking at the Underdown Avenue location.

  In 1968 South Lenoir Youth participated in the State and National Teen Talent sponsored by the denomination, winning the Choir, Brass/
Woodwind Ensemble, Piano Solo, and Male Vocal Trio divisions. Again, in 1970, the Youth took top
honors in five categories.

  However, a true highlight of South Lenoir history occurred in mid 1960 when a
92 year old man came to church for the first time in his life and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord & Savior..!

  For more than 30 years, South Lenoir has been community oriented in Ministry, particularly in five or six Nursing homes, Prison and Jail facilities, Gideon representatives, Literature distribution, Yokefellow, and Hospice support. Also,
the church has supported World Missions and even errected a dormitory for the Church of God Bible School in Haiti. Also, within the local congregation there is
an extensive ongoing hospitality ministry.

  Yearly, any child who desires to attend our State Sponsored Youth Camps may
do so through the contributions of its members. In the past, the church has also conducted a "live" Radio program at 8am each Sunday for 35 years.

  The Church has continued to move forward evolving into "Newer" areas of
Ministry over the past several years. We have updated our Sound Booth by
installing all new equipment, as well as a Church Website, and also securing
High-speed Internet service..!
have now recently added "Live" Internet Streaming of our Main Church services on
a weekly basis..!

  We've also added a new Video Projector for the main stage of the Sanctuary,
and have added a rear projector for those who sit in the Choir area..! 

  This has already enhanced our Praise & Worship part of the service by giving
those who are in the Choir area the ability to Worship and Sing "Hands-Free"
to watch Video presentations from the stage area with total ease..! 
  We've added a New Steeple on the Main Church Sanctuary that sits beautifully atop of the church..! Also, we've added security features that have enhanced our
ability to deter crime...

  We've purchased a 15 Passenger Center Isle Bus to accommodate our seniors
so that they can board easily for church trips near and far..! This gives us the
ability to carry a total of 30 passengers on Major Church Trips so that we can
include all who would like to venture out with the church..!        
  We're rejoicing for the awesome things that God is continuing to do in the midst of the Church! God is definitely up to something good at South Lenoir, and we want you and your family to come and be a part of our great church family...!

  The rest of our history continues to be written every day of our lives until the Lord Jesus Christ returns for His Church. To God be all of the Glory for the things He has done, and continues to do...!

                      A Brief History of the Church of God Denomination

     The Church of God was founded in 1886 upon the principles of Christ as
they are revealed in
the Bible, the Word of God. It has its foundation of faith
and practice in the Scriptures and the
vital experience of its constituents is scripturally oriented.

     A group of eight sincere Christians in a crude meetinghouse on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where the Church of God traces its roots had a deep desire for a closer relationship and life with Christ. Realizing the futility of reforming their own churches, they established a new church whose objective would be to restore sound scriptural doctrines of the Bible, encourage deeper consecration and promote evangelism and Christian service. Twenty-one years after the formation of the Christian Union that evening at the Barney Creek Meeting House, the growing movement would establish themselves permanently as the Church of God.

     From this seemingly insignificant origin has grown one of the most influen-tial worldwide Pentecostal denominations. For nearly 120 years the Church of God has been a distinctive movement focused upon communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Ghost. Presently, the Church of God has a worldwide membership of over 5 million with a presence in more than 160 countries.

                                      WHAT THE CHURCH OF GOD IS

First and foremost, the Church of God is a powerful determinedly Christian church. It is built upon the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The doctrines and practices of the church are based upon His teachings.

The Church of God is founded upon the principles of Protestantism, although it is not a traditional follower of any specific leader of the Protestant Reformation. The denomination stands firmly for justification by faith, the priesthood of believers, the authority of the Bible, religious freedom, and the separation of church and state. It stands against abuses and extravagance of ecclesiastical ritualism and dogmatism.


Evangelical is the term used to describe those who affirm the primary doctrines revealed in the Scriptures. These doctrines include the inspiration and authority of the Word of God; the Trinity; the deity and virgin birth of Jesus Christ; salvation by faith in the atoning death of Christ; His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father; the ministry of the Holy Ghost; the second coming of Christ; and the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.

In 1896, many members of the Church of God experienced a spiritual outpouring they identified as the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Because it was so similar to the experience of the early Christians on the day of Pentecost, it came to be called a Pentecostal experience, an enrichment of the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit that empowered believers to be effective witnesses of Christ. The principle distinctive of the Church of God as a Pentecostal organization is its belief in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance and that this is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost.


From its inception the Church of God has been a revival movement. Evangelism has been in the forefront of all its activities. The church has maintained an aggressive effort to take the message
of Christ throughout the world by all means and methods. Every program of the church reflects an evangelistic attitude: revivals, worship services, teaching, preaching and its missionary efforts.

From its beginnings, the Church of God Denomination has felt its responsibility to benevolence ministries. The Headquarters of the Church of God operates a number of specialized programs and institutions: Homes for Children, Youth and Unwed Mothers, Operation Compassion, and a variety of Ministries by Chaplains.

The heart of Missions is the implementation of a global strategy of evangelism, church planting
and training. Its scriptural purpose is to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ; share Christ's love for the world; minister to the totality of human need; bring men and women to the knowledge of God and His redeeming grace; and obey Christ by confessing Him to the world. Today, Church of God missions is carried out in 157 countries organized in eight geographical regions.



  From the local congregation there have been 13 ministers as well as several music ministers set forth, most of them whom are still in active service.

  When the Lewittes Showroom property became available in the late 1980's, the congregation transformed it into the educational and Worship site, (now the fellowship hall) and officially moved to the Hickory Blvd., Highway 321 South location in 1992.

  Ground-breaking for the new Sanctuary was held in July, 2001. The first worship service in the new Sanctuary was held April 28th, 2002 and the Dedication Service was held June 2nd, 2002. Pastor,
Bishop Ernest E. Bowes came to South Lenoir in Sept. of 2003, and
has faithfully served as pastor for nearly 14 years...

  In May, 1974, a Memorial Service honored 56 deceased members;
and in August
2002, we honored 129 deceased members.

  Quoting one member, which aptly expresses the sentiments of most of the South Lenoir congregation speaks:  "We cannot live in the past, & neither can we ignore it. May the knowledge of the past, & the urgency of the present inspire us to labor more fervently."

"To God Be all the Glory...