Evangel Temple Assembly of God, 802 Gay Street, Portsmouth, will celebrate its 43rd anniversary, Sunday, Nov. 15. In addition to the normal 10:30 a.m. worship service, there will be a noon carry in lunch, immediately followed by an afternoon service, announces Pastor David Smith.
Evangel Temple opened in November, 1972 in a banking facility in Wheelersburg. A few months later, with the assistance of the Ohio District Council, the new church purchased the former Jewish Temple on Gay Street and continues to occupy this facility, today. During its history, there have been five pastors, with the current pastor, David Smith, serving since 1984.
For this week’s celebration, the Reverend John Palmer will be guest speaker. He is well known to his Assemblies of God peers in southern Ohio, as he was the church planter for Athens New Life Assembly, continuing there for the next 10 years. In 1985 he became the lead pastor of Des Moines [Iowa] First Assembly, serving there through 2006. He has served as the Executive Secretary of the General Council of the Assemblies of God and currently is President of Emerge Ministries in Akron, Ohio. Emerge is a faith based counseling center that has offered help and hope to over 350, 000 people since its inception by the late Dr. Richard Dobbins nearly 40 years ago.
Pastor Smith and the membership invite friends and community to join them for this special day.