Friday, November 21, 2008

On Tuesday, November 18, I was privileged to accompany the International Pentecasotal Press Association (IPPA) Board on a tour of historic pentecostal sites in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.

We visited the Barney Creek site where Christian Union was organized; the Fields of the Wood; the Shearer Schoolhouse site; the Holy Ghost Marker; and the First Assembly House. The Board enjoyed lunch at the Fields of the Wood Cafe.

We were also joined by Dr. James Beaty, retired missionary, historian, and professor at Lee University and the Church of God Theological Seminary. Dr. Beaty is 82 years old and full of historical information. Fields of the Wood Property Caretaker Wayne Allen also joined us as tour guide for a part of the tour. Like Dr. Beaty, Bishop Allen is a storehouse of information.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the IPPA Board. It was a great day of learning and fellowship.

The IPPA Board is pictured above inside the J. C. Murphy home where the first assembly was held in January 1906. From left to right: Clyde Hughes, International Pentecostal Church of Christ (London, Ohio); Ken Horn, Assemblies of God (Springfield, MO), Shirley Spencer, International Pentecostal Holiness Church (Oklahoma City, OK), Virginia Chatham, Church of God of Prophecy (Cleveland, TN); James E. Cossey, Church of God (Cleveland, TN

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