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Looking forward

This last year has finally drawn to a close. There have been many struggles, but here have been victories as well. We have watched as loved ones have passed to their eternal reward, and we've shared the joy of new births.

Our year began with ministerial intensives, and has ended with Christmas and New Year's celebrations. We celebrated together in youth camps, women's retreats, men's retreats and children's training conferences.

We've watched as children have started school, and others who have graduated from college. Our churches gathered in meetings all across Tennessee, and have gathered corporately in our bi-annual state convention.

As I write what I believe will be the final post of 2007, I would like to share with you the words of the great Apostle Paul:

"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead," (Philippians 3:13)

With this scripture in min…

Special Prayer Request

I've learned of the passing of Donnie Kirby's mother in South Carolina. Brother Kirby is the pastor of the Big Sandy church. She passed away around 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and the following arrangements have been released:

Viewing: Sunday evening (Dec. 30) 7-9 PM
Funeral Service: Monday afternoon 3:00 PM (Dec. 31) Cades Pentecostal Holiness Church

Services conducted by: Brockington Funeral Home, Lake City, SC

Many of you will remember that Donnie's daughter, April is a former employee of our International Offices, working in the White Wing Messenger department.

I spoke with Brother Donnie this morning, and he and his family are still in South Carolina. Let's pray for the whole family for the comforting touch of the Spirit of God.

Ministerial Intensive Registration Form

On February 1 & 2, 2008 ministers will gather from all across Tennessee to participate in the annual Ministerial Intensive Training. The intensive will be a wonderful opportunity for currently license ministers, pastors and other leaders to gain much needed information that will assist in ministry.

Also, the overseer will be teaching a class for all regularly licensed ministers, establishing the requirements for ordination as a Bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, and what he looks for before recommending a minister for that rank of ministry (overseer's recommendation is required for anyone to be licensed as a bishop).

There will be a class for trial deacons taught by a seasoned Deacon in the church, and those currently serving as local deacons should also attend this class to assist them in continuing education.

Remember, this is open to all desiring to attend, not just licensed, credentialed ministers.

CLICK HERE to visit our download site where a registration form can be …

New Church Dedication Scheduled

The Heartland Fellowship Church (Elizabethton) has scheduled the dedication for their new sanctuary on Sunday, January 6th, 2008. I am sharing this information for anyone who can attend the service and share in the great day of celebration.The local website at will be continually update, which will include directions to the new church.Congratulations to Pastor Marvin Slagle and the wonderful congregation for this great achievement.

World Events Touch Our Church Members

Note: I am posting an email received from our National Overseer of Pakistan. I hope that you will understand that I am not posting his name or contact information for security reasons. Please join me in prayer for our Bishop there:

Dear Brothers and sisters

Greetings to you in the highest name of Jesus Christ. Hope you are informed of the suddenly death of X
Priminister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto Killed. The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, 8 miles south of Islamabad. She was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up. After attack Bhutto was rushed to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery. She died about an hour after the attack.

Many chanted slogans against Musharraf, accusing him of complicity in her killing. As news of her death spread, angry supporters took to the streets.

In Karachi, shop owners quickly closed their businesses as protester…

Evangelist available for revivals

I would like to ask that the information in this email be put into your state paper if possible. I am a full time evangelist and at the present have been working in the states of VA. WVa. and TN, & Alaska.
I have started to book for the summer in 2008 and also for 09.. Please let your pastors know that I am willing to come and share the gospel with them and the church and community as well. I can be reached at:
Evangelist Rebecca Spicer
H: 540-726-3197 or C: 540-623-4960

Available to book now for revivals , children's crusades outreach seminars.
Will work with any church , no matter the size or distance. Please reply ASAP.
References you may use are: My overseer in VA. (Bro Davis - 540-992-3696 ) or (Overseer Larry Dotson - 407-877-0733-- Bro. Dotson was a former pastor to me.)
Thank you, Evangelist Rebecca Spicer

January Upcoming Events


6:00 PM
West Tennessee Leadership Meeting
Jackson (Location TBA)
1:00 PM
Children/Youth Fellowship
Crossroads Church
6:00 PM
Middle Tennessee Leadership Meeting
Crossroads Church
1:00 PM
Children/Youth Fellowship
Murfreesboro Church
6:00 PM
Middle Tennessee Leadership Meeting
Murfreesboro Church
6:00 PM
Plateau Region Leadership Meeting
Lawrence Chapel Church
1-29-2008 through
All Day
Synergize Pastor's Conference

Update on Jeff Slaten

Today, I received a voice mail from Pastor Geneva Carter (Livingston, TN) concerning her son Jeff Slaten. We had asked for special prayer for him prior to Christmas after he was rushed to the hospital.

Sister Carter relayed that Jeff has expressed his thanks to all who have prayed for him. It is a wonderful thing when God moves on our situations in answer to our prayers. Yes, He still answers prayer! God bless

Youth and Children's Conference


Christmas Holidays with family...

This year, our family celebrated Christmas on the 24th instead of the 25th. Stephanie had to work today, so we all gathered at Shaun's house on the 24th, along with Frank and Glenda Shroyer to share a meal and open gifts!

Imagine, a toddler amidst all of the toys with every eye focused on her, and you could probably get a picture of what it was like. We had such a wonderful time together in Cleveland and we are all so thankful for the goodness of the Lord to our family.

This morning, in my devotional time, the study guide I personally follow made the point that Christ was born to die. That His birth was a forward look to the day when He would become our "kinsman redeemer" and rescue us all from the punishment we so justly deserve.

I am so grateful for His sacrifice, and for the understanding that He will one day return to catch the church away. What a joyful thought on this Christmas Day!

The Sunday Before Christmas

This morning, my family was all together at the Peerless Road Church in Cleveland. Debra, Lindsey and I made the trip over to the home of Shaun, Stephanie and Reagan, along with a friend of ours, Secil Mathew who had flown in from London, England to spend the holidays with us.

The music and other parts of the service were great and the Pastor, Tim Coalter preached on of the best sermons I believe I've ever hear on the "Gift of Grace." My heart was so full as we concluded the service with holy communion, with my family and so many friends present. God certainly has been good to our family.

I am certain that whatever form the services took today in our churches across Tennessee, that many others were blessed just as I am. We have such wonderful pastors, pastor's families and laity in this great State and we are all blessed to work and worship together in the great harvest the Lord has placed us in.

My final thought concerns a Christmas service well over 30-years-ago, …

W.H.I.T. Electronic Version

Earlier this week, we sent out our second W.H.I.T. (What's Happening in Tennessee) electronic version. This is a weekly version sent to keep you abreast of events and news in the Church of God of Prophecy (Tennessee and beyond).

If you did NOT receive one of these E-news versions, I would be more than happy to add you to our list so you can begin receiving them. To subscribe simply CLICK HERE to send an email requesting to be added to the list. In the "SUBJECT" line of your email or in the body, type "Subscribe."

God bless!

Office Closings

Just a brief reminder to let you know that our State Offices are now closed for the holidays. As always, you can send email, or leave voices messages at the office if there is an urgent need.

All of us at the state office wish you a Merry Christmas, and remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season.


New Pastoral Appointment - Lewisburg, TN

Today we welcome Donny & Linda Giles into our world-wide fellowship of the Church of God of Prophecy.

Brother Donny was also appointed to serve as the new pastor at the Lewisburg church. (Pictured: Donny & Linda Giles, District Presbyter Gary & Joyce Riley, E.C. McKinley, Presiding Bishop - Tennessee.


General Assembly Business Reports

As a service to our readers, I am placing two committee reports on our download page for your convenience. These two reports are released so that the constituency of our church can review, comment and participate in the process.

You can download these documents by CLICKING HERE.

Any questions or comments should be directed to the particular General Assembly Committee. I invite the members of the Church of God of Prophecy to take an active role in the General Assemblies of the church.

Address Page Removed from Website

Dear Friends,

Please be advised that I have removed the email list of our churches in Tennessee from the state website for privacy reasons. If you need to make contact with any of our churches, please feel free to email me, and I can help direct you.

We have a policy in the State Office that we do NOT share email lists with any organization. I hope you will understand, and I pray this is not too much of an inconvenience.

Update on Prayer Request

I spoke with Pastor Geneva Carter a few-minutes-ago, and she reports that her son is doing better. The doctors will still do some tests tomorrow, and there is the possibility he will be released. Thank you for praying and please help us pray for total recovery. God bless.

Special Prayer Request

I just learned a few-minutes-ago that Jeff Slaten, son of Pastor Geneva Carter (Livingston, TN) has been rushed to the hospital. He was recovering from a shoulder surgery when an event took place. I don't have any further information right now, please help me pray for Jeff.

Everyone Can


Each pastor in the Church of God of Prophecy has received a promotion from our North American General Presbyter's office concerning an initiative called "EVERYONE CAN." In these two photos, you will find a copy of the mailer that was sent to each local church.

One of the great needs in church planting is the funding to help with rent, utilities and operational expense. This is a great end-of-the-year opportunity for you or your church to give to a needed project. All funds should be sent to:

Church of God of Prophecy
North American General Presbyter
P.O. Box 2910
Cleveland, TN 37320-2910

Together, we can!

Bellshire Church - Nashville

This morning, Debra and I joined our daughter Lindsey at the Bellshire church in Nashville. In this morning's service, the church hosted its annual Christmas service, which was well-directed, inspiring and hopeful. Jeff and Kimmy Jones did a great job of organizing and directing the program, and as always, the people were so warm and friendly. Pastor Shannon Bowdoin and his family were honored by their congregation shortly after the communion service. Special thanks to all who did a great job!

New W.H.I.T. Format

This week, we began a new format of sharing Tennessee news on our electronic format of the W.H.I.T. newsletter. I am including a sample of the email here for your information. If you would like to be added to the email list, please send an CLICK HERE and type subscribe. Thanks and God bless.


Children's Workers Training Event - Note from Kim Batson

A One day Training just for YOU:

The Local Children's Minister. If you work in Sunday School, Children's Church, Vacation Bible School, or have a desire to make a difference in the life of a child, please join me at Lakeside Church in Westmoreland on Feburary 9th.
It is $25 per person for advanced registration. Make an investment in the Children's Ministry of your local church today.
Sis Kathy Creasy, Children's Ministry Director from International Offices will be in Westmoreland sharing with us. This is a wonderful opportunity. Hope to see you there.

Carolyn Kephart Surgery

This morning, Carolyn Kephart, wife of our Slayden Pastor, E.C., underwent knee replacement surgery at St Thomas hospital in Nashville. I was with Brother Kephart for about three hours and was able to visit with her after she was moved to a regular room.

She seemed to be doing well when I left this afternoon. Please join me in prayer for her today, and for a rapid recovery.


This morning, Debra and I ministered at the Liverworth Church where Bishop James Huff serves as pastor. After the morning service. the church had their annual Christmas lunch. The food was great and the fellowship was even better. We appreciate the warm welcome, and the Presence of the Lord in the services. Special thanks to Brother and Sister Huff and the entire congregation for such a special day!


Our 2008 Tennessee Marriage Retreat is just around the corner. CLICK HERE to download a PDF file to complete and return to our office.

We are looking for a great retreat. The registration deadline (to insure a room) is January 10, 2008. Bishop Mike & Ann Willingham will be our guest ministers this year and I am sure they will be a real blessing to you.

Marriage Retreat

February 15-17, 2008

(Click on the Image for Full-Size Poster)

Synergy Pastor's Conference

Attached you will find details of an upcoming conference. I am planning to attend this conference and it is my understanding that Bishop Howard and some of the International Office Staff may be attending as well. The SYNERGIZE! Pastors Conference will be held January 29-31, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia at the MountParanChurch. Over 35 pastors and teachers will present strategies for building churches and reaching the lost. These presenters represent over one million congregation members and some 400,000 churches worldwide. A complete list of presenters, as well as other conference details, is available online at .If this sounds as if it would be beneficial for you and possibly some of your key pastors you may want to share this information and the above link with them. You will notice early registration cost is just $79.00 (plus additional fees for premium parking and/preferred seating). In addition, of course, will be the hotel costs. Please consider this …

Gallatin Church

This morning, Debra and I joined the worship at the Gallatin Church of God of Prophecy. There, we received a warm welcome by the church, and enjoyed the choir, music and ministry. Afterwards, we had a nice lunch with Pastor Windell and Myrna Moore.

At 3:00 pm., we participated in the dedication of the new parsonage, recently built and almost ready for occupancy. The home is beautiful, almost 3,300 square feet, in a new subdivision and is valued at close to $250,000 although the net cost will be well below that.

Congratulations to Pastor Windell and Myrna Moore and the congregation on this great achievement!

NOTE: Pictured above is Pastor Windell Moore and builder Ron Jones

District One and Two Ministry Team Dinner

This evening, Debra and I were with Bishop Robert & Sister Ledford and a group of the ministers, deacons and pastors and their companions for a Christmas dinner at the Knoxville (Arrowhead) church. The Ledford family did a wonderful job of preparation and serving of the meal.

The dinner was followed by a time of fellowship, fun and laughter. We are so thankful to have such great leaders in Tennessee.

Chattanooga/Cleveland Area Pastors Breakfast

This morning, Debra and I were privileged to be with the pastors in Bishop A.J. Coalter's district in the Chattanooga/Cleveland area. It was such a blessing to share the fellowship and a good meal at the Holiday Inn (on the hill).

Special thanks to Bishop A.J. & Norma Coalter for organizing the event, they did a wonderful job (as always) and the breakfast was well attended. The final count was 29 pastors/companions and we are so grateful, and blessed to work among such wonderful ministers of the Gospel.

As I write, Debra is doing a little Christmas shopping, while I am posting. Tonight, we will be with pastors of District one and two (Upper East Tennessee) at the Knoxville (Arrowhead) church, and we look forward to the good food and fellowship.

May God bless you!

Christmas Program - Erin

Jeremi Richardson - on NBC

Hi folks,

Just sharing some good news I received from Londa. I am posting below. Check your local stations to see one of our own church kids do well! We are proud of Jeremi..
"Just wanted to share Jeremi and "Avalon" will be singing on the Billy Graham Special dedicated to Ruth Graham on Saturday - December 1st on NBC Channel 4 in Nashville at 9:00 p.m.They will also be on in Chattanooga, ABC - Channel 9 December 4th at 8:00 p.m.Wherever you are on that date, thought you might want to take a look!

God bless.

Awakening America


Please join me in continued prayer

Debra's mother is still hospital in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has been here since Tuesday. Debra and I arrived yesterday afternoon and will be trying to return to Tennessee today.

She is in need of your special prayers, and we thank you in advance for praying. God bless.

Happy Thanksgiving

On the chance that some of you are like me, and you can't stay away from your computer very long...

I wish for you to have a wonderful, joyous, Christ-filled Thanksgiving today. As you spend time with family and friends, please remember to take the time to tell them how much you love and appreciate them.

This morning, my heart was filled with sadness when I thought about my own mother and father, who have gone on to be with the Lord, and I was saddened that we are not sharing a Thanksgiving meal together today, however, I know that "Christians never see each other for the last time."

The truth is, that I didn't stay sad too long, because I heard my granddaughter downstairs calling out, and the sadness was chased away by the joy of being with my family today. God certainly is GOOD to me.

We have much to be thankful for, but mostly its not the "things" but rather the "people" around us. Family, friends and acquaintances make such time so special.


Tennessee Youth Retreat

I am posting a report (from Joshua Lynn) of the Tennessee Youth Retreat conducted last weekend. Special thanks to all who made this event a success:

Bro. McKinley, I wanted give you and the state a praise report from POWERhouse- Tennessee Youth Retreat 2007. On Friday night we were blessed to have our state overseer Bishop E.C. McKinley speak to the youth of our state. I was so proud to have a state overseer to be transparent of how God has brought him from a life of sin to where he is today. This along with the continued encouragement to not just be somebody but be the greatest generation ever as they usher in the return of the Lord, has and will continue to raise our youth to levels they have never seen. East TN Youth Director Caleb Winstead preached on Saturday night to our youth.
During all our services the Lord filled our presence as each night our youth filled the alters. After the way the Lord moved on Friday and Saturday night we knew that the Lord has saved many. We ask for th…

Special Prayer Request - Margie Lindsey

Debra's mom, Margie Lindsey was taken to the hospital in Owensboro, Kentucky today and is undergoing several tests. She is in need of special prayer tonight. Debra's dad serves as the pastor of the Central City, KY Church of God of Prophecy.

Please join me in prayer for our family...

Update on Mike Luithle


I just spoke with Monica Luithle a few-minutes-ago about Mike, who underwent surgery for a broken shoulder today. The doctors took a little longer than expected, but they believe the surgery was successful.

Mike was injured at the Lake Barley Regional Ladies retreat, when he fell from a ladder. Thank you for praying for Mike and his family during this difficult time.

Mike serves as the IT department manager at our International Offices.

Website and Blog updates

Hi folks,

Thanks for stopping by today to check out our blog. You might have noticed, that I removed the redirect (computer code that points my website to this site) that was taking people directly here when checking our our web address (

I was noticing how "cluttered" this blog looks from different browsers, and decided to separate them again. One thing that might be helpful is that when you go to our state website, there are several helps:

1. List of future events
2. Church listing
3. Extended list of links

Since our domain server is upgrading the web software, there will be changes at the state website and on this blog too. I do hope you will check back from time-to-time to see the improvements and upgraded features.

Here are the web addresses for your convenience:

Blog is located at
Wed is located at

I do hope that these two information mediums will be a blessing to you. God bless!

College/Career Weekend


God bless everyone!!!This is Kirk Rising, State Youth Director in North Carolina! I just wanted to make all Overseers aware of the CCMN (College and Careers Ministries Network) website and upcoming events! We are going to be in Myrtle Beach, SC. Jan 4-6, 2008. The cost for this week-end is $30.00 ($40.00 at the door). The hotel information is on the our website. (These rooms sleep from 6 to 14! Living rooms, kitchens etc. Most are condo's) This is a very affordable week-end! This week-end is for College and University students, young single professionals and young married. There will be a learning tract for each group. We are trying to fill the gap of our youth ministry to help curve the loss of college students and career path young adults. We hope this week-end will benefit your state and local churches. Sis Palma Hutchinson, our General Youth Director, is boosting this from General Headquarters. I have sent emails to most stat…

Union Grove Revival Services

Come worship with us

Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy located at 533 Union Grove Rd will be in revival with Evangelist D.L. Wilson on Friday and Saturday (November 16 & 17t h at 7:00 PM and Sunday November 18th with Special Singing at 10:00 AM and Evangelistic message at 11:00 AM. Come worship with us.

Youth Event- Lebanon

Dear Bro. McKinley,

Attached is a flyer of the New Year's Eve Rally sponsored by Lebanon COG
Worship & Ministy Center & Mt. Juliet COG. They have extended invitation to
all of our area COGOP churchs. We are on the mailing committee to contact
these churchs address & phone's for not only this event but future events as
well. As a follow up of our phone conversation of retreiving this info.
help is greatly appreciated.
Blessings to you and yours,
Kalei & Dianne Lam
Lebanon COGOP
Y4C (Youth for Christ)

Christmas Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale - Clarksville, TN

Hi Dr. McKinley,

I would greatly appreciate if you would post the
following announcement in your blog:

When: November 16-17, 2007
Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Clarksville Church of God of Prophecy
1586 Ashland City Hwy. (41-A Bypass)
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 552-2540

We have some wonderful handmade crafts and delicious
baked items, so come do your Christmas shopping with
us and take home a great tasting desert for your
Thanksgiving Dinner.

Thank you,

Linda Arnold
Clarksville Women's Ministries

Update on Mike Luithle

After posting last night from the Emergency Room of the Regional Hospital in Madisonville, KY, we learned that Mike's shoulder is broken in two places and will need surgery. The doctor was able to reset his dislocated shoulder.

I brought Mike home with me and we arrived in Hendersonville at about 2:30 a.m. this morning. After a chance to rest, I met his family at Monteagle in order to get him home later in the morning.

Please join me in prayer for Mike

Special Prayer Request - Mike Luithle

Today, while breaking down equipment at the Regional Ladies Retreat in Lake Barkley, Mike Luithle, IT director at our International Offices, and member at the Peerless Road Church, fell about 10 feet.

Mike was transported by ambulance to the Trigg County Hospital in Cadiz, KY. He was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. After several attempts to correct the problem, he was transported by ambulance to the Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, KY.

As I write, the orthopedic surgeon is trying to correct the problem. Debra and I are staying with Mike to make sure he is taken care of and that we are able to get him home.

Please join me in prayer for Mike.

What kind of a Christian are you?

Now before you say it, I know this might be an awkward subject, but I do believe for our own spiritual well-being, it is a question we should ask.

I was fascinated by an article I read in my morning devotion time today. I would like to share it with you. CLICK HERE to go to the article at Leadership Journal's website (taken from Christianity Today).

I have to admit, that since my trip out of the United States last month to the Ukraine, I have been asking myself some soul-searching questions. My mother used to say, "ask God to allow you to see yourself through His eyes," and after all of these years, I have began to today...I'm not really happy with everything I see in my own personal walk with Christ.

There is so much more I can do, and in fact, I probably need an attitude adjustment. The Christians in Kiev, Ukraine affected me more than I could have imagined...they demonstrated a faith that has humbled me. To realize that I was standing in a church, that was built…

Regional Ladies Retreat - Lake Barkley

It's here! The Regional Ladies Retreat at Lake Barkley, Kentucky starts today. Debra and I arrived last night and we are anticipating a rather large crowd for this annual event.

Cathy Payne and her staff do a great job of ministering to the ladies who attend. The retreat begins today and continues through Sunday.

Death Notice - Virginia Jean McGill

I just received this notice from Pastor Helen Hall

"Brother McKinley,

Virginia Jean McGill passed away and they have her at Williamson & Sons Funeral Home in Soddy Daisy. Her husband, neal McGill pastored Jones Chapel (Greeneville) many-years-ago."

Please join me in prayer for the family.

Heartland Fellowship - Elizabethton, TN

This past Sunday, Debra and I visited and mistered at the Heartland Fellowship Church, in Elizabethton, Tennessee. There was a full-house and a great time of worship, fellowship and the word!

I am including three photos taken of the new church they are building. It was only a few short months ago that we were there to break ground and celebrate the vision of Pastor Marvin Slagle and the congregation there.

In these photos you can see the view from the front of the church, the one overlooking the mountains, and another from inside the church showing what the inside view will be once the window is installed.

Pastor Slagle and the congregation are to be commended for their hard work, sacrifice and vision.




"Recently Overseer McKinley sent out a blog regarding the pay-off of the Greeneville Fellowship Hall. I was moved for Lebanon to be a participant in this and we have pledged $100.00 from the women at the Lebanon church, as a matter of fact, I am picking up the check from the church clerk tomorrow. This led me to a challenge if you will, to other churches in the state. While I have a passion for foreign missions,
I am also a believer that missions begin at home!

While the $2500.00 balance for this church may be a financial strain for lots of our churches, I believe the 24 congregations that I have emailed can afford a $100.00 offering to help pay off this debt. Together we can make a difference!!

I know God will bless you and your congregation for this unselfish giving, according to the scripture your generous giving is just another way of showing your gratitude to Chris…

Glen O'Kain funeral service

Yesterday, I was honored to take part in the funeral of a great man of God, Pastor Glen O'Kain. Former state overseers, Bishop Eugene Weakley and Bishop H. Wayne Hall and I all officiated the service. The special singing was such a blessing as David and Debbie Bowker ministered.

After the graveside service, the Slayden church had the family and friends to their church for a meal.

I was so happy to see Brother O'Kain's peers as so many pastors, ministers and state staff attended. Special thanks to all who have prayed for the O'Kain family, and I am asking that you continue to pray for them through this transition.

Avalon announces new member --News Release

Group Pays Tribute to Christian Classics on Ninth Studio Album In Stores Feb. 26

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.)—Nov. 6, 2007—Dynamic vocal foursome Avalon welcomes new member Jeremi Richardson to the group. Richardson joins the award-winning artist in time for the release of its ninth studio album, Another Time, Another Place: Timeless Christian Classics, on Feb. 26.

Originally from Cleveland, Tenn., Richardson and his wife Amy currently reside in Orlando, Fla. where he is a member of the Disney groups Voices of Liberty and Four for a Dollar. He has toured singing and leading worship all over the United States, Jamaica, Bermuda and Israel. His voice can be heard on numerous recordings by Tribe Studios, Jeff Arthur Productions, WiseGuys Productions, Walt Disney Studios, Word Music, Brentwood-Benson, SpiritSound Music, and Integrity Music.

“I have been a longtime fan of Avalon,” says Richardson. “I first saw the group on tour with Crystal Lewis my sophomore …

Special Prayer Request

I am posting an email I received from Brother R.C. Meadows, pastor at the Crossville mission work. Please join me in prayer:

"I learned late this afternoon that Brent Human was killed in an automobile accident. Brent was the son of R. B. and Velma Human from the Sunbright church, and he was my friend. I sat with the family at the hospital for a couple hours until the funeral home picked up the body and the family went home.

Brent and his wife Savannah just had their second child on September 20 of this year. Please remember Savannah and R. B. and Velma in your prayers!

I will post arrangements on my blog as soon as I know them."


Funeral Arrangements for Pastor Glen O'Kain

I have spoken with Pastor Glen O'Kain's family today and learned the following arrangements for his visitation and funeral services:
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow (November 5, 2007) 
Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday (November 6, 2007) at:
Taylor Funeral Home 214 N. Main Street Dickson, TN  37055 (615) 446-2808

Pastor Glen O'Kain

I just learned a few-minutes-ago that our pastor at Dickson, TN, Brother Glen O'Kain passed away late last night.  As most of you know, Glen has suffered for a long, long time with physical illness, and at times has been unable to fill the pulpit.
I am asking all the pastors, ministers, and members to please remember Sandra O'Kain as she, and the rest of the family goes through this difficult time.
The arrangements will be posted on this blog site when I receive them later today.

Follow up on prayer requests

I am referencing prayer requests that were made in earlier posts:

1. Joyce Cowan. I spoke with Joyce this morning and she told me that she is doing better, but is weak. Please continue to pray for Joyce for a full recovery.

2. Barbara Creasy's brother. I spoke with Pastor Bob Creasy this morning and Barbara's brother is doing some better today.

3. Gary Riley, pastor a Crossroads Church and is also a District Presbyter underwent surgery yesterday for a detached retina. Please join me in prayer for his full recovery.

Finally, let's all pray for revival/renewal among God's people. God bless.

The House of Prayer

Today, I've included a picture taken from Eastville, Virginia. I obtained this photo some-months-back when I was preaching at a local church in Maryland. The photo to me is self-explanatory.

It is the photo of a church, that has been grown up with weeds and is literally falling in. This photo could be representative of the individual believer's life or that of a local church. Jesus said, "My house shall be called a house of prayer." (Luke 19:46)

When we allow our lives to be taken up in the cares of life, we stop praying and the cares grow up like weeds to take over our house which will lead to its collapse. Are you struggling in your personal life? Is your local church struggling? Perhaps the answer is as simple as prayer!

Greeneville (Jones Chapel) Tennessee

Over this past weekend, the church at Greeneville had a fund raiser to try to pay of their fellowship hall debt. They still need $2,500 to get completely debt free.

I am making this need known in the event that any of our readers or their local churches might be looking for a worthy mission project. This is a small church that has been faithful for a long, long time.

Pastor Helen Hall has done an excellent job of leading this church, and did not make this request...but I did tell her that I was going to make this known. Any giving could be sent to my office marked for Greeneville:

Church of God of Prophecy
Tennessee State Office
P.O. Box 2319
Hendersonville, TN 37077-2319

Be sure to mark you gift for HOME MISSIONS: GREENEVILLE

Ladies Training Conference - Paris, TN

West Tennessee's First Women's Leadership Conference was held last Saturday, October 27th at the local Church of God of Prophecy in Paris. Seventy-two ladies came from area churches with anticipation in their hearts. It was a power-packed day, full of fun, fellowship, laughter, learning, worship, tears, and rejoicing.

Hostess, Joann Winchester, began the day with a special devotional assisted by the Praise Team from the local church. The Women of Grace Advisory Council consisting of Kim Batson, Michelle Brooks-Young, Jill Mandrell, and Londa Richardson team taught throughout the day on various essentials of leadership. Debra McKinley shared on the "Value/Worth of a Woman".

Pastor Cliff Winchester served as Chef for the day (assisted by his wife's expertise). Local ladies provided a variety of delicious desserts. Fellowship was sweet and delightful. We appreciate the opportunity to use the beautiful facilities at Paris.

Saturday afternoon, there was an out-pou…

Thanks for your prayers

Just a quick note to say thanks to all of you who have been praying for my recovery. When I returned from the mission trip to the Ukraine, I came down with a bug of some type that became pneumonia. When I went to the doctor, she told me that I was pretty much worn down which made it easier to get sick.

The doctor ordered me to bed rest last week and I was "laid up" from late Tuesday night until returning to the office a partial day today. While I am still weak, and at times have difficulty getting a deep breath, I do know that I am recovering.

So many of you called the office, house and cellphone, while others sent email wishes....I just wanted to leave a general thank you for your kindness and consideration, and appreciate your understanding as I try to "slow-down" for the next little while.

It was so funny, but Bishop Weakley (our former State Overseer and my mentor) called and told me that Jesus said, "come apart," and that we have to do that every onc…

Update on Joyce Cowan

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your prayers for Sister Joyce Cowan who suffered a stroke earlier this week.

Tonight, I called Bishop Eugene Weakley (former Tennessee overseer and brother-in-law to Joyce) and inquired about her progress. He informed me that Joyce has been released from Sumner Medical Center and that she is now at home resting.

While she still needs our prayers, we are thankful for an improvement in her situation. THANK YOU FOR PRAYING!

UPS Job opportunities


I am including the text of a letter we received from UPS concerning job opportunities. Normally, I don't post this type of material, but I thought there might be some in our state needing work:


3205 Whites Creek Pike Nashville, TN 37207 1-800-PICK-UPS

TO: Colleges/Universities, Community Based Organizations, Churches

FROM: Meghan Oliver, Tricia Hanna and Kelley Luberecki UPS HR Representatives

RE: Seasonal Positions with UPS

We are looking for your help in staffing all of our facilities in middle Tennessee for our peak season. We are looking for seasonal package handlers and seasonal driver helpers. Package handlers will load and unload our trucks for four to five hours per day Monday thru Friday making $8.50 per hour.

If they do a good job, they may be offered a permanent part-time package handler position at the first of next year where they are eligible for FREE medical benefits and $3,000 per year in tuition assistance.


Special Prayer Request - Joyce Cowan

Joyce Cowan has served the Church of God of Prophecy for decades, most notably as the capable State Treasurer. Earlier this week, Joyce suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in the Sumner Medical Center in Gallatin.

Would you please join me in prayer for Joyce? I will give further information as I receive it.


It's almost here!

Tennessee’s Second Women’s Leadership Conference is scheduled for next Saturday, October 27th at the Church of God of Prophecy in Paris. The church location is 4088 Highway 218 Highway By-Pass.

You can expect six hours of inspiration, information, fellowship, worship, resources, and much more. It’s a great opportunity for Sunday School teachers, Small Group Leaders, Women’s Ministries Directors, Children’s Ministry Workers....any lady who wants to minister in the local church. Topics to be addressed include Time Management, Relationships, Group Building, Conflict Managements plus other ministry highlights.

Cost is $20.00 which includes lunch on site. Groups of five or more from any church may attend for $15.00.

The time frame is 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. If you have not already registered, please do so today @ or phone 615-824-3563.

We hope to see you there!

Londa Richardson, State Director
“Women of Grace”
& Advisory Council

New Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center

Today, Debra and I joined Shaun, Stephanie and Reagan (and about 600 others) for a rally and march in Cleveland, Tennessee to support helping unwed mothers. One of our members in Cleveland, Perry Horner serves as a board member of the pregnancy center. Shaun and Stephanie served on the steering committee for the event.

It was a beautiful day as we shared the fellowship of others, and walked 1.3 miles.

Tennessee Women's Leadership Conference

It’s only one week away!

Tennessee’s Second Women’s Leadership Conference is scheduled for next Saturday, October 27th at the Church of God of Prophecy in Paris. The church location is 4088 Highway 218 Highway By-Pass.

You can expect six hours of inspiration, information, fellowship, worship, resources, and much more. It’s a great opportunity for Sunday School teachers, Small Group Leaders, Women’s Ministries Directors, Children’s Ministry Workers....any lady who wants to minister in the local church. Topics to be addressed include Time Management, Relationships, Group Building, Conflict Managements plus other ministry highlights.

Cost is $20.00 which includes lunch on site. Groups of five or more from any church may attend for $15.00.

The time frame is 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. If you have not already registered, please do so today @ or phone 615-824-3563.

We hope to see you there!

Londa Richardson, State Director
“Women of Grace”
& Advisory Council

Azusa Lecture

(Click on Photo Above to Enlarge)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
7:00 p.m.

North Cleveland Church of God
Bryant Fellowship Hall

Krystal Commercial filmed at Hickory Valley

We've all seen them, The Krystal Hamburger (made famous by Elvis) commercials featuring college students. Well, the next time you see one on television, pay close might just see members of our Hickory Valley (Chattanooga) Church.

The Restaurant chain came to the Hickory Valley Gymnasium to shoot a commercial for the small screen, and our pastor's son, Michael Stone is featured as a basketball player in the commercial.

Conference Announcement

Reigniting Prayer and the Word
Abundant Life Ministries Prayer Retreat
1660 Peavine Road
Crossville, Tennessee 38572

October 26–28, 2007

Sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

During our travels to the Leadership Conference in Kiev, Ukraine we saw a lot of fascinating sights, among them churches that we're built up to 1,000-years-ago. As you can see, they are ornate wonders, and they draw a lot of curiosity from those of us from the West who are more accustomed to our more modern style.

Also pictured here, are the greeters who met us a the Salvation Church in Kiev. Dressed in their traditional Ukrainian style, they are quite eye-catching with the multitude of colors and the difference of style we normally see.

The final photo shown here was taken from the top of our bus as we entered the area of St. Andrew's church, a marvel of ancient architecture.

Huntingdon Homecoming

Huntingdon Church of God of Prophecy SIXTIETH (60th) Year Ministry Celebration:

Sunday, October 28, 2007. Service will begin at 10:30 am. No Sunday School.

Guest Speaker, Bishop Eugene Weakley, Guest Singers, Sisters in Grace.

There will be "a pot-luck meal after the service approximately at 12:30-1:00 pm.

No services that evening.

Salvation Church - Kiev, Ukraine

This is a video clip of the worship team at the Salvation Church, Kiev, Ukraine. Please be sure to give it time to download, as it may be a large file. I was impressed by the pagentry and the level of worship during the services. If you would like to save the file, you should be able to "right click" and "save as" to your computer, where you can play it at your convenience.

Kiev, Ukraine Leadership Conference

Dear Friends,

Today is my first day back in the office since arriving home from the Ukraine. What a wonderful time it was for me personally and for all of the delegates from a multitude of nations. I will be writing more and sharing photos and video clips for those interested in the next few days.

This first photo is from a part of our Tennessee delegation. This was taken after arriving at the Kiev, Ukraine airport. All of us had been up and traveling for up to 24 hours at this time. As you can see, it is my son, Shaun, his wife Stephanie, Annette Taylor from Global outreach and Michelle Brooks-Young from the Lebanon, TN church.

My niece, Ginny

I wrote last week about traveling to Indiana to perform the wedding ceremony for my niece, Ginny. Just thought I'd put a picture up for those of you who know her. God bless.

Women's Leadership Conference

The first Tennessee Women's Leadership Conference was held Saturday, October 6th at Pine Grove church. Testimonies from those attending included, "Wow, this was amazing!" "I never got bored. Just about the time I thought I knew what to expect next, you surprised me!" "THANK YOU. I needed this day to get motivated." "It was wonderful. God was here."

Special thanks to Marilyn Ashley, hostess for the day, and the ladies from Pine Grove who prepared lunch. It was a great beginning and we look forward to God's plan for the second conference planned for October 27th at the Paris, TN Church of God of Prophecy. If you have not registered, TODAY would be a great day. Forms are available at:

Londa J. Richardson, DirectorWomen of Grace(Advisory Council members: Kim Batson, Michelle Brooks-Young, and Jill Mandrell)