This Sunday Morning's Worship service will be held in the banquet room at Hawg n Dawg, on the corner of Main Ave and Union St in Erwin. We hope to have more information about location at that service. Wednesday night services will be held at the Red Rock Shop until we can get our multi-purpose building finnished at the Pavilion. If you have any questions, please call Pastor Edwards.
In 1919, the aftermath of World War I, a Holiness preacher came from Sugar Hollow, a section of Roan Mountain, Tennessee and settled in Erwin. His name was Rev. R. A. (Bob) Edney. Prior to coming to N. East Tennessee, Bro. Edney lived in N. Carolina. The Pentecostal message was strange and new to the people of Erwin. Even though the Pentecostal movement that became the Church of God was birthed on August 19, 1886, in Monroe County, Tennessee, it did not reach N. East Tennessee until 33 years later. Bro. Edney and his Pentecostal message were met with fierce opposition, but he was not discouraged. He continued to proclaim the Word when and wherever he could, with most of his encounters being “one-on-one”.
Slowly but surely, a hand full of people began to witness and pray with their friends and families. Some of them were won to the Lord, and the seeds of a church were planted.
Four years passed with little change, but in 1923, the Lord supplied the group with a “meetin” place when Carl Jump, who migrated from Knoxville to Erwin, opened his home for cottage prayer meetings. These services continued at the Jump home until the group’s next move. Bro. Jump stayed in Erwin only a few years. The group moved from the Jump house to the Presbyterian Mission. This building served a dual purpose, as a school and a church.
In 1926, the church was organized and became known as the Rock Creek Church of God. The first official Pastor would not be appointed for four more years, but Br. Edney and other ministers carried on the work. After being organized, this courageous group, with willing hands and obedient hearts, began a bold venture; they would purchase their own property. Undaunted by the hard economic times, shortly before the Great Depression, they approached Mr. Stokes McKinney about the purchase of a store building and on July 27, 1927, the transaction was made.
Today, almost a century after Br. Edney first came to town, Erwin Church of God still stands on that piece of property, and is still preaching and teaching the Gospel Message of Love, Grace, and Holiness that Br. Edney started here. Many things have changed over the years, the storefront that the men of the church so faithfully remodeled and added to has become one of the most recognized church buildings in Erwin. One thing that has never changed is the desire of the Erwin Church of God family to win souls and glorify The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The Erwin Church of God continues to stand, in spite of opposition. It stands as a beacon, shining a light of love and hope in a world full of darkness. Many Pastors, Evangelists, and lay-men and women have paved a road with their obedient service, and we now travel that road with confidence, knowing that just as the Son has shined in the past; He also shines into our future.
Erwin Church of God is located on the banks of Rock Creek in beautiful Erwin, Tennessee, at 799 Rock Creek Road. If you are in the Tri-Cities Area, please come and help us celebrate Jesus. We are easy to find, from Johnson City take I-26 toward Asheville, when you reach Erwin, take the Main Street Exit. Turn left off the exit and go to the Red light (Main Ave.). At the light turn right onto Main Ave and go to the next red light (Rock Creek Road). Turn left on Rock Creek Road and go 1 mile. We are on the left, the only Rock Church on Rock Creek.
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