Located in the East Hall of The Wilkin Center for Christian Ministries, this display features Leaders, Churches and Events that have had significant impact in our Churches of God Denomination. The Churches of God was established in 1825 and has a rich heritage throughout it’s history. Leaders, Churches and Events that have shaped our denomination are selected. The display is designed to inspire us to carry on with this rich history.
Our current Hall Display recognizes three of our churches for there longevity and contributions to our denomination.
Harrisburg First Church of God, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 1827-2012: Harrisburg First is known as the “Mother Church” as it was the church where John Winebrenner started the denomination. Serving as their first pastor it’s was called “Union Bethel”. Built in 1854 it was also known as Fourth Street Church of God. At times it was also know as Mulberry Street Bethel.
Lancaster First Church of God, Lancaster Pennsylvania 1816-Present: Lancaster First is known as the “Oldest COG Church” in our denomination. It’s original location was on South Queen Street in what was called the “Old White Meeting House”. In recent times it is now know as Chestnut Hill Church because of it’s location on Chestnut Street.
Zanesville Community Church of God, Zanesville Indiana 1868-2018: Zanesville Community Church was formed under the direction of Rev. David Keplinger along with James Keplinger not long after the Community of Zanesville Indiana was established. The church building was built in 1868 with the dedication on October 18, 1868 with R. H. Bolton as their pastor.