Former Church Leader Harris Passes Away

Rev. B. Gary Harris, a retired ordained bishop in the Church of God, passed away on November 9, 2020. He was a member of Spring Creek Church of God, and served in multiple ministry capacities with the Church of God.

SMCH Centennial Celebration Goes Virtual

Sevierville, TN–The Smoky Mountain Children’s Home (SMCH) will officially turn 100 years old on December 17, 2020. For several months, the children’s home had been planning creative ways to celebrate this momentous occasion during a year marked with the ongoing pandemic. With heartfelt concern, SMCH has made the difficult decision to not move forward with an in-person celebration. Dr. Walt Mauldin, Executive Director, stated the following:

Division of Education Introduces DOE1 Platform

In 2021, the Church of God Division of Education will launch its latest innovative educational tool for online resources and training with the introduction of the DOE1 Platform.

Prayers Requested as Tropical Storm Targets Florida

Cleveland, TN: With Eta wavering between tropical storm and hurricane strength, Dr. Timothy M. Hill, General Overseer of the Church of God, issued the following call for prayer:

Lee Homecoming to Begin Next Friday

Cleveland, TN–Lee University’s virtual Homecoming, “Forever a Flame,” will begin Friday, Nov. 13, and celebrate alumni through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Memorial Tribute for Ministers Planned for November 23

A tribute to credentialed Church of God ministers who have passed away since the 2018 General Assembly, will be honored during a special virtual event slated to take place on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

2021 Smoky Mountain Gathering Planned for April

One of the first Church of God events to be cancelled in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic was the Smoky Mountain Gathering. It was supposed to be a celebration of the 30th year of the event designed for senior adults in the Church of God.

Roebuck to Present Azusa Lecture on Benevolence Ministries; Honorees Named

Dr. David G. Roebuck will present the Fifteenth Annual Azusa Lecture on Tuesday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m. Rather than a public gathering, the lecture will be livestreamed from the Church of God International Offices at,, and Roebuck will speak on “Unto the Least of These: Roots and Fruit of Church of God Benevolence Ministries.” His lecture is part of a series of events celebrating the centennial of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. Now located in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home began as the Church of God Orphanage in Cleveland, Tennessee, in December 1920.

AWAKEN Church Planting Event Set for November 12

The Church of God Office of Church Planting has announced the AWAKEN Church Planting Interest Meeting on November 12, 2020. The free two-hour virtual event will be conducted via Zoom beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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