First Church of God

Johnson City, Tennessee‎

Church Leaders

Pastor:   Reverend Ron McEwen
Choir Director:   Linda McEwen
Song Leader:  ‎ Conley Dockery
Organist:  ‎ Sandra Fox‎
Bass Guitarist:  ‎ Jonathon Fox‎
Guitarist:  ‎ John Stone‎
Pianist:  ‎ Pauline Dockery‎

The History of First Church of God of Johnson City, Tennessee

First Church of God (central office in Anderson, Indiana) is located at 801 West Watauga Ave. in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The original Church of God movement was founded in 1881 by Daniel S. Warner, and although it has some characteristics of a denomination, it has no formal membership____ believing that if you have experienced true biblical salvation, and are living a righteous life, attending and supporting the church regularly, you are a member. It has no formal creed, other than the Bible.

On June 4, 1980, a group of twelve people met at the home of Mrs. Geneva Dockery to discuss the possibility of starting what is now First Church of God in Johnson City, TN.

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On July 11, 1980, the group met with the Tennessee Coordinator of the Church of God. The Coordinator ask the group to pray diligently about their intent to organize a new church.

On July 22, 1980, the original group of twelve met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Doyle to nominate a Worship Committee, Trustees and a church Secretary.

The first Trustees were John Doyle, Tom Emery, J.L. Gentry, Graden Trentham, Conley Dockery, Luke Whittemore, and Willis Jones. The Worship Committee was William Campbell and Margaret Whittemore, and Anna Spaller became the first Secretary/Treasurer.

On July 25, 1980, a group of twenty-four met again with the Tennessee Coordinator and two other ministers. They again continued to pray.

On August 15, 1980, the original group made the final decision to establish the First Church of God. At that time, Lois Fuller was also asked to serve as trustee.

On Sept. 7, 1980, the congregation of First Church of God met at a temporary location for their first worship service with Reverend Ivan Alls providing the message.

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On November 14, 1980, the First Church of God purchased the building and property at the corner of Watauga and Lamont Street. Many hours of work by members prepared the church quickly for occupation by December of that year. Rev. Dan Bullion became the first full-time pastor beginning in February, 1981.

Currently, The First Church of God has services weekly with Reverend Ron McEwen serving as our pastor. We sincerely invite you to come and visit with us at any time.