PRC Offering 1986 Centennial General Assembly Online Experience

Video recordings of the 1986 Centennial General Assembly of the Church of God will be available online beginning Monday, July 20. The Dixon Pentecostal Research Center (PRC) is presenting these services on their YouTube channel at

Starting with a celebration of the Church of God’s musical heritage on Monday, the PRC will highlight one service each day on Facebook.

The Mass Choir at the 1986 International General Assembly. (click photo to enlarge)

More than 25,000 people reportedly attended the Centennial General Assembly held at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, July 29-August 3, 1986. Emphasizing the theme “The Church Triumphant,” General Overseer E.C. Thomas opened the 61st General Assembly on Tuesday night. Other speakers were Wallace Sibley (Wednesday), Lamar Vest (Thursday), Victor Pagan (Friday), C.R. Spain (Friday), Annette Watson (Saturday), Hal B. Thompson Jr. (Saturday), and newly elected General Overseer Raymond Crowley (Sunday).

Special musical events included a youth afterglow concert on Thursday, a late-night heritage celebration on Friday, and a Sunday morning presentation of “The Anointing,” written and arranged by David Horton and Michael Frazier especially for the Centennial Assembly. A memorial service honoring deceased ministers and the installation of executive leadership were highlights of Sunday morning’s concluding service.

“With no General Assembly this summer, a look back at our Centennial Assembly will bless and inspire Church of God members and friends,” said Dr. David Roebuck, director of the PRC. “Viewers may watch any service at any time or in their original order in 1986. The Dixon Pentecostal Research Center will feature a service each day beginning Monday, July 20, with the heritage music celebration.”

Founded by Charles W. Conn on the campus of Lee University, the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center is one of the world’s significant collections of Pentecostal resources as well as the archives of the Church of God. The Research Center regularly posts historical highlights, photographs, and recordings on its social media sites. You may subscribe to the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center Facebook page at and their YouTube channel at

In partnership with Church of God Publications, the PRC has also made available the Minutes of the Centennial Assembly and all General Assemblies up to 2016 available online at

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