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First Church of God Holds Centennial Celebration

 

By Tricia Hall

Sojourner’s Truth Reporter

 

The Toledo community welcomed the congregation of First Church of God in 1917 when three women organized meetings and Bible study classes in the city. One hundred years later, the congregation has reached several milestones and celebrated with a banquet on Saturday, October 14th and church service the following morning.


BACK Pastor Miki Merritt, Rev. Clifton McDowell Sr,
Rev. Kerwin Manning. FRONT Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Rev. Robert Culp, and First Lady Culp

 

Saturday’s banquet included tributes from Rev. Cedric Brock, pastor of Mt. Nebo and leader of Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance; Ray Woods of Toledo NAACP; and Elder Florie Huntley, the church’s oldest member. Proclamations were presented by Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo Public Schools and the Lucas County Commissioners.

 

“I am reminded that we Christians are charged to go in the highways and byways and uplift those who are down. Let us never forget that mission. First Church of God has done that for 100 years,” shared Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

 

“I’m honored to be here. First Church of God has and continues to work in the community. I’ve known Bishop Culp as a leader who speaks his mind. I admire him, as a past president of Toledo NAACP, but also as a community leader, mentor and friend,” explained Ray Woods.

 

Sunday’s service was held at the historic structure located at the corner of Collingwood and Central in Toledo and opened with a homecoming mass choir, comprised of church members. The service continued with selections, praise dancing and a guest speaker.

 

“Thank you everyone for your love and support,” said Bishop Robert Culp, pastor of First Church of God.

 

The church’s history began in 1917 when three sisters Sallie Foster, A.V. Burns, and Janis Barber began preaching, conducting meetings, and organizing Bible study classes in Toledo. By 1929 the church became the first “colored” congregation of The Church of God in Toledo, Sunday school classes and the choir were organized, the church relocated to Collingwood and Avondale then Erie and Tecumseh, built a structure on Vance street, and received their first woman pastor, Sister Lucinda Vines. In 1932 the deacon board and mission society was organized.

 

The church continued to move to different locations between 1936-1979, but welcomed current pastor, Rev. Robert Culp, who preached his first sermon as pastor on May 21, 1961. In the past 10 years the church dedicated their nursery ministry, and celebrated the consecration of Rev. Robert Culp to the office of Bishop in 2014.

 

 
 

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Revised: 10/26/17 21:49:29 -0700.

 

 


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