P.O. BOX 926 • FINDLAY, OHIO 45839
JIM MARCKEL, CURATOR • 419-424-1961 X131

Are you unable to visit the CGGC Archives Museum? Worry not! This page is a virtual self guided tour. You can navigate through our virtual museum by scrolling through each Tour Stop. There are a total of 58 Tour Stops to complete your tour. Please enjoy the rich history of the Churches of God, General Conference.


Start - Curator's Office

Tour Stop 1 and Tour Stop 2

Tour Stop 1  Visitors Welcome!                                     Please sign in. Use our registry.  Be sure to pick up our Archives Museum Tour Guide and Brochure.                 

Tour Stop 2     Membership                                         Consider joining the CGGC Historical Society. Your membership is tax deductible — and will help preserve CGGC History &  Heritage!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Tour Stop 3 - Office Mural

Tour Stop 3   Trip-Pix Mural                                           This mural by Toledo artist Randy Taylor shows:              (L)  Early CGGC life in the 1800’s                                     (M) Church life symbols,                                                  (R)  Modern church life.                                                         You will find it located in our Museum Office.

Tour Stop 4 - CGGC Seals

Tour Stop 4      Seals and Logos                                      Seals and Logos of the Churches of God, General Conference and its celebrations. You can see how the denomination’s 11 seals and logos have changed over it’s long history.  Try to guess what years each of them represent!

Tour Stop 5 - Donor Plaques

Tour Stop 5       Donor Plaques                                              Donor Plaques of those who made the expansion and modernization of these CGGC Archives Museum Rooms possible.   These plaques list the Founding Associates:   Paramount Founders, Premier Founding Associates,  Founding Associates.

Tour Stop 6 - Life Members Plaque

Tour Stop 6       Historical Society Life Members              CGGC Life Members by virtue of donation or recognition.  Consider adding your name to the plaque. Your Life membership of $1000.00 goes to an Endowment Fund to support the operation of the Archives Museum.  Membership may include the donor and spouse. 

Tour Stop 7 - Main Museum Room

Tour Stop 7     Museum Artifacts Room                         This room shows the visual evidence of our church history.  A Collection of Cultural and Historical Objects dating from the early 1800’s.                                           Use the Self Guided CGGC Archives Museum Tour Guide for a complete visit.                                  

                           Tuesday & Thursday                              9am — 1:30pm.

Tour Stop 8 - Statement of Faith

Tour Stop 8       Statement of Faith                                       CGGC founder John Winebrenner Display                      The first comprehensive statement of CGGC beliefs by Winebrenner.                                                                           “The Church of God has no authoritative constitution, ritual, creed, catechism, book of discipline, church standard, or test-book, which ever God intended his church to have.” Penned in 1844  C.E. (A.D.).  This document lists the 27 Statement of Faith declarations.

Tour Stop 9 - Winebrenner's Brief Life Journey

Tour Stop 9   John Winebrenner’s Life                                 A brief life journey, birth to death.                                John Winebrenner was born in 1797 and died in 1860.  Journey through his birth, education, early circuit churches,  The Fourth Street Church of God, to his final resting place.

Tour Stop 10 - Winebrenner Portait

Tour Stop 10    John Winebrenner Portrait                         J. P. Abraham’s 1891 portrait of CGGC founder John Winebrenner. From c.1922 until c.1979, this picture hung in the Churches of God Central Publishing House.  It is the largest and nicest of the artistically drawn pictures of John Winebrenner, denominational founder.  The Central Publishing House published our denomination’s publications. It also published official proceedings of the Pennsylvania State Legislature but eventually lost this revenue source which lead to its closing in the late 1970’s.  

Tour Stop 11 - Winebrenner Life Chonology

Tour Stop 11        John Winebrenner Life                                       Chronology of Significant Events         These 19 significant dates highlight John Winebrenner’s story.  Born in Frederick County in Maryland 1797, John Winebrenner attends Dickinson College in  Carlisle, Pennsylvania for a short time. He establishes the Union Bethel Church of God in 1825.  From 1830 to 1860 is active as a preacher, “general missionary,” reformer, editor, printer, publisher, assignor of patents and inventor.  September 12, 1860 he dies in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Tour Stop 12 - Winebrenner Adult Pictures

Tour Stop 12    John Winebrenner Pictures                        Pictures of CGGC founder John Winebrenner

c. 1820 – 1850. Dr. George Ross described Winebrenner as tall and slender, about 6 feet tall, and very erect.  Dignity and solemnity were prominent features in his countenance.  “It was impossible to be in his company without feeling that you were in the presence of a great and good man”.  Remarks by a  close associate Dr. George Ross.


Tour Stop 13 - Featured Display

Tour Stop 13     CGGC Navajo Missions                                    c. 1977 – 1997

                         Carroll and Geneva McNut                                  Navajo Nation American National Missionaries        A Nation Within A Nation

Tour Stop 14 - Winebrenner Home Display

Tour Stop 14  John Winebrenner Boyhood Home  Located in Frederick County, Maryland near Walkersville.                                                                        These 8 panoramic pictures show the Winebrenner boyhood homestead in Maryland.  These pictures were taken by Jonathan Binkley.

Tour Stop 15 - Winebrenner Memorabilia

Tour Stop 15    Winebrenner Family Memorabilia             Pictures of John Winebrenner, wife and children, licenses, certificates, and artifacts from the Winebrenner family in the top display case.                      Also, a sneak peak at Tour Stop 59 below the case. 

Tour Stop 16 - Winebrenner Last Days

Tour Stop 16  John Winebrenner Tribute                        The last days of CGGC founder John Winebrenner.  He preached his last sermon at the 1860 Eldership on Sunday May 28th.  Winebrenner had been sick from 1858-1860.  He also had a strained relationship with his son-in-law James Colder.                                                       It was obvious by winter 1858-1859 that Winebrenner was ailing and would not survive. His death in 1860 was not unexpected.

Tour Stop 17 - Winebrenner Boyhood Home

Tour Stop 17  John Winebrenner Home                       1925 CGGC Centennial artist rendition of John Winebrenner’s 1810 boyhood farm home of Philip and Eva (Barrick) Winebrenner.                                                     It is located in Maryland, Route #194 in Frederick County, Maryland.

Tour Stop 18 - Harrisburg Church, PA

Tour Stop 18    Log Union Church                                       John Winebrenner’s first church, log construction, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Located on 3rd and Cherry Street, Winebrenner began his ministry in the year 1820.                                                                                    (To the right in the picture is his 2nd church he helped to lead and build).

Tour Stop 19 - Salem German Reformed

Tour Stop 19    Salem German Reform Church               The 1822 Salem German Reformed Church built in 1821-1822 under John Winebrenner’s pastorate.       This building is located at 3rd and Walnut Street.

Tour Stop 20 - Winebrenner Memorial Tribute

Tour Stop 20    Memorial Tribute                               Parting Memorial Tribute and Eulogy to CGGC founder, Elder Rev. John Winebrenner (1797-1860).                      A successful reformer and able minister of the word, earnest and singally blessed in his efforts to save his fellow men and build the Church of God.

Tour Stop 21 - CGGC Missionary dolls.

Tour Stop 21       Missionaries Memorabilia                     Top Left Shelf – American Navajo and India Mission field dolls.                                                                           Top Right Shelf – Missionaries Viola and Howard Covers’ miniature India Occupations figurines. c.1900 Bottom Shelves – Modern Bangladesh occupational dolls – Missionary Mary White Collection.

Tour Stop 22 - Idol Worship Items

Tour Stop 22    Missionaries Memorabilia                (Top) Missionaries Viola and Howard Cover (1912-1947), artifacts. 

(Bottom) – First CGGC Missionary Clara Landes (1896-1917), items owned by her or commemorating her service. 

Tour Stop 23 - Idol Worship Items

Tour Stop 23      Missionaries Memorabilia                            Howard and Viola Cover Collection                           Missionaries to India                                    Mission Field Idol Worship Items brought back by CGGC missionaries.  It helps show the local idolatry the missionaries contend with.


Tour Stop 24 - Missionaries who died.

Tour Stop 24       Missionary Facts                                       The only two CGGC missionaries to die on a foreign mission field of service.                                                (TOP) Leah Becker   East Pennsylvania Eldership             India 1937-1941                                                      (BOTTOM) Rev. Glenn Alderson   Illinois Eldership                        India 1910-1929                                                  They gave that which they could not keep—to gain that which they could not lose.

Tour Stop 25 - Tall Window Case

Tour Stop 25  Tall Floor Window Case                        Long-serving CGGC missionary pictures and artifacts displays – 5 featured missionaries:                                      *Dr. E. Fidelia Gilbert                                                       *Eunice   Catlin                                                            *Elizabeth Beers                                                             *Rhoda Kauffman                                                             *Mary Hershey

Tour Stop 26 - Earl and Donna Sleasman

Tour Stop 26      Earl and Donna Sleasman                   Earl and Donna Sleasman were missionaries to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) from 1963 to 1970 and in Haiti 1970-1971.  The displays are from East Pakistan and Haiti fields. 

Tour Stop 27 - Longest Serving Missionary

Tour Stop 27  (TOP)     Missionary Facts                                           Longest-Serving Missionary                                Betty Helwig Biswas and husband Soloman Biswas. Betty served in Ulubaria, India for 51 years for the CGGC.  Betty graduated from Findlay College in 1951.  She served in her missionary role until 2004.

Tour Stop 28 - Missionary artifacts

Tour Stop 28     Missionary Memorabilia                        More Howard and Viola Hershey (1912-1947) missionary artifacts and mementos.                          Viola Hershey Cover- Our Second Foreign Missionary 1902-1947                                                                    Howard Cover- Our Second Foreign Missionary 1912-1947 

Tour Stop 29 - More Missionaries

Tour Stop 29        Bangladesh & Pakistan                  (Top) – Missionaries to Bangladesh  (Dr. Vic Binkley-1974), and Haiti (1980’s- 2000″s).                                      In 2001, a new modern hospital and surgical facility which Dr. Vic designed was built.  The Pierre Payen medical facility was hailed as the finest hospital in the region.                                                                          (Bottom) Missionaries to E. Pakistan (1960-1965), Rev. Melvin and Joanne Summy and daughters. 

Tour Stop 30 - Museum Featured Display

Tour Stop 30     Featured Display                                 Current Museum Room featured display – Note captions and themes. Congressman Rev.Tennyson Guyer 1912-1981 display and The CGGC Ministers in the Civil War.

Tour Stop 31 - Missionary Display

Tour Stop 31     Missionary Display                              (Floor Case) – Jim and Leone Wallace missionary display.  Pastor Jim Wallace served 61 years of pastoral ministry in Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Haiti.  Jim contracted a new mission in Haiti called Project Help.

Tour Stop 32 - Key Missionary Display

Tour Stop 32     Panel Wall Displays                        Panels highlighting outstanding long-serving key19th and 20th century CGGC missionaries.                       Panel one: Features those serving in the 19th century, Panel two: Features those serving in the first half of the 20th century,                                                                   Panel three: Features those serving in the last half of the 20th century.


Tour Stop 33 - Missionary display/artifacts

Tour Stop 33     Missionary Display                              Rev. Aaron and Rev. Lousia Myers missionary display (1912/1918-1940).                                                                   He served as architect, contractor, and building overseer in construction of the mission house.  Aaron and Lousia were in charge of all mission work in the Ulubaria District of the Churches of God India Missions. 

Tour Stops 34 & 35 - India Missionary Hats

Tour Stop 34 & 35   Missionary Memorabilia               (Top) Early 1900’s (India) missionary hats – worn by both male and female.

(Setting on bottom shelf) – Two missionary nurse displays, a missionary doctor display, and Clara Landes – first foreign missionary display.

Tour Stop 36 - Unusual Facts

Tour Stop 36         Plaque Display                                Unusual CGGC facts, personalities events and stories.  Eight Plaque Display features:  Churches of God in Europe,  Religion and Politics in the CGGC,  The Changing Churches of God,  Missionaries to India,  Enoch Marple, George Sigler and John Brown,  Churches of God Name,  Regional Administrators. 

Tour Stop 37 - Celebration Plates

Tour Stop 37    Commemorative Momentos            CGGC Celebration and commemoration plates, cups, and mementos.                                                                This bookcase was made by Jonathan Binkley in 1958 in his High School wood shop.                                       Jonathan’s parents, Carl and Catherine Binkley donated it in 2004.


Tour Stop 38 - More Plates

Tour Stop 38  Commemorative  Momentos          (Opposite side of 37) – CGGC Celebration and commemoration plates, cups and mementos.         Many churches in our denomination used Cups and Dishes to commemorate Anniversaries, Events and the Presence of their church over the years.

Tour Stop 39 - 1800 CGGC artifacts

Tour Stop 39     John Hickernell Memorabilia                  John and Mariah Hickernell pastoral pictures, artifacts, furniture, and household effects – typical of the type found in 1800’s CGGC parsonages. 

Tour Stop 40 - Hickernell pictures

Tour Stop 40     Tom Hickernell Memorabilia                  Tom and Charity Hickernell pictures and Information.  At age 21, Tom was assigned to the “Ohio Circuit” holding revival meetings in W. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Tom and his wife established their home near Mendon, Ohio.

Tour Stop 41 - Hickenell hutch

Tour Stop 41     John Hickernell Memorabilia                John and Mariah Hickernell hutch and household items – typical 1800’s parsonage items, especially in Pennsylvania.                                                                          Items such as a Ground Coffee Jar,  Diamond Design Dessert Dishes, Wheat Design Table Compote and Sugar Bowl, Calling Bell to call the children (or John?),  Butter and Salt Holder are part of the collection.   

Tour Stop 42 - Rare Books Room

Tour Stop 42       Rare Books Room                                     The Rare Books Room displays may only be seen with official personnel present due to the sensitive nature of the books within. 

Tour Stop 43 - WTS On Loan Collection

Tour Stop 43  Winebrenner Theological Collection    Rare CGGC books of and by its leaders. (Former Winebrenner Theological Seminary Collection). 

Tour Stop 44 - CGGC Central Publishing

Tour Stop 44    Central Publishing House                  History of the CGGC Central Publishing House, its publications and activities, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Our first totally owned Publishing House at 329 Market Street Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 1900-1922.

Tour Stop 45 - Contributions

Tour Stop 45    Denominational Historians               Significant leading contributors to preserving CGGC history and heritage display.                                    Starting with John Winnbrenner, these sixteen contributors have helped to preserve our history and heritage.

Tour Stop 46 - Early Publishing Editors

Tour Stop 46     Publication Editors                               (TOP) – CGGC early editors of The Church Advocate and predecessor The Gospel Messenger (1835-1939).

(Bottom) – The Church Advocate editors – (1939 to present editor Rachel Foreman.). 

Tour Stop 47 - White House Visit

Tour Stop 47    Bi-Centennial Celebration                   (Left) – White House visit by then East Pennsylvania Conference leaders with then President Gerald Ford at the time of the CGGC 150th Anniversary Celebration. 

(Right) – The Whole Harrisburg area church delegation visit on the 1975 occasion of the 150th CGGC bi-centennial celebration visit, arranged by CGGC Pastor and Congressman Tennyson Guyer.

Tour Stop 48 - WCSC/CGWM Display

Tour Stop 48    Women’s Ministries                               (Top) – 1953-Present Women’s Christian Service Council and  Churches of God Women’s Ministries leadership display.  Key dates in CGGC Women’s ministries. Starting in 1848 becoming a denominational subdivision of service in 1953.  A comprehensive History was compiled by Barbara Binkley to celebrate their Golden Jubilee in 2003

Tour Stop 49 - WCSC Logo Display

Tour Stop 49     Women’s Ministry                                  (Top) – WCSC founder Grace C. Pierson, 1st WSCS National President and Founder 1953-1959.

(Bottom) – WCSC / CGWM logo display. 

Tour Stop 50 - CGGC Auxiliary logo

Tour Stop 50  Auxiliary Logos                                      CGGC auxiliary organizations’ Logo displays.



Tour Stop 51 - CGGC 100th Anniversary

Tour Stop 51  100th Anniversary Memories               CGGC 100th Anniversary 1925 Centennial Celebration at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.                                           The 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Churches of God was held May 20 to 26th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.                                                                       Visits were made to key sites such as the Central Publishing House, John Winebrenner’s Gravesite, and the Old Stone Peace Church.

Tour Stop 52 - Winebrenner Table Display

Tour Stop 52   Winebrenner Ministry Photos               John Winebrenner life, location and ministry photos taken in 2002 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – area.      Photos taken by Jonathan Binkley. (See both sides of 8 Panel display in Archives Room). 

Tour Stop 53 - CGGC Church Center

Tour Stop 53     Proposed Church Center                            C. 1979 CGGC Church Center in Findlay. Architects early drawing and pictures of the proposed structure. 


Tour Stop 54 - Ministry Center

Tour Stop 54     Church Center Memorabilia                CGGC Church Center for Ministries 1980 ground breaking shovel.                                                                The Church Center was rededicated and renamed The Wilkin Center for Christian Ministries in 2015.

Tour Stop 55 - Barkeyville Academy

Tour Stop 55     Barkeyville Academy                     Barkeyville Academy Display Board (1881-1906)          Henry Barkey founded the village of Barkeyville Pennsylvania.                                                                      The Churches of God had a need for a school and John Latchaw became the first Headmaster in 1881.  Barkeyville Academy served many years and closed in 1906.


Tour Stop 56 - Archive Material

Tour Stop 56    Archive Material Shelves                    Archive material categories each marked by the hanging placards:                                                            “Church Camps”   “Missions”   “Winebrenner Seminary” Look through Scrapbooks from your Camp Days, revisit Missionary Adventures or look through University of Findlay Yearbooks.

Tour Stop 57 - Past News Magazines

Tour Stop 57    News Magazine Rack                          Past Historical Society News Magazines -free to visitors.                                                                                 The News Magazines have been compiled and edited by Jonathan Binkley and distributed twice a year.       Our first edition came out in August 1991.  Become a member and sign up to receive your copy.


Tour Stop 58 - East Hall Display

Tour Stop 58      East Hall Display.                                     See the wall display case for historical themes, personalities, and institutions. Featuring the Harrisburg First COG, The Lancaster First COG & The Zanesville Community COG.                                                               Honoring our Past Inspiring our Future.