Mission Statement
  

Woodruff Church of God’s mission is to glorify God, proclaim the Gospel, win the lost, equip believers, keep the fire of revival burning and demonstrate Christ’s love to the world.

 

 

Core Values 

Obedience to God’s Word- We accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God and it must be the basis of our faith, worship and ministry. In order to please God, we must live and serve in obedience to His Word.

Prayer - We believe that prayer is essential to effective ministry. Prayer is cooperation with God in relation to His great scheme of salvation for all men. By praying as a church and as individual Christians, we acknowledge that we are depending upon God to enable us in our ministry.

Holy Spirit Direction-We covet the infilling and anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives individually and in the church collectively. We know that effective ministry cannot take place without the direction and enablement of God’s Spirit in the church.

People -People are our business. We accept that the primary purpose of this church is to win lost people and bring them to maturity in Christ. We believe that Jesus died to save all people regardless of their racial, social or economic standing. We are, therefore, committed to extend Christ’s love, acceptance and forgiveness to all.

Believer Mobilization According To Gifts -We are committed to bringing believers to maturity in Christ, assisting them in the discovery of their spiritual gifts and equipping them for works of ministry within the church and to the world at large for the glory of God.

Revival and Harvest -We accept the responsibility the Lord has placed upon us to be a leader in the movement of Revival. We will stay the course without regard to cost or consequences. We will not rest until we have reached every lost soul and restored everyone who has fallen away.

 

DECLARATION OF FAITH

The Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. The Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.

We Believe:

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
  • Holiness to be God's standard of living for His people.
  • In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
  • In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
  • Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
  • In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.
  • In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
  • In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.

Our History

 On August 19, 1886, the Church of God as a denomination was born.  This was the result of a small group of people who had been meeting for prayer for about two years.

There was another small group of praying people who began to meet together in Woodruff, South Carolina in the early 1930’s, first in the home of Will Medlock and his wife Molly, on the corner of Woodruff and Peachtree Streets, then from one house to another until finally a room was set aside in the home of W.C. Hendrix at 11 Buncombe Street.

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“The Prayer Band”, as it was called, met as often as possible.  Sometimes they would meet every evening.  The group of 12 to 15 or more would sing and read the Word of God and pray.  If a preacher came by, they would have a sermon.

It was during the course of these prayer meetings that “The Prayer Band” was introduced to the Church of God.  On Saturday night, August 5, 1933, Rev. Harry Whittington came and set the Church in order with seven charter members.  The seven charter members were:  Will Medlock, who was elected as the first church clerk, Alvin Hendrix, W.C. Hendrix, Therese Teague, Edna Mae Teague, Estella Teague and Mozell Teague.

The church continued to meet in the home of W.C. Hendrix until the summer of 1935 when a tine store building located on Poole Street Extension was rented for the amount of $8.00 per month.  It was in the store building that the Sunday School began and attendance grew to around 25-30 people.

Rev. W.W. White served as the first Pastor from 1933-1934.  Rev. Jimmy Clevenger was appointed as Pastor in the fall of 1934 and remained until 1937.

In 1937, Rev. W. Frank Smith was appointed as Pastor of the church.  At that time, there were 17 members and plans were made for the first church building.  The people gave their money and their free labor and on the first Saturday night in March 1938, the first service was conducted in the new building.Church 2 480x389

In 1939, Rev. Robert Johnson was appointed Pastor and remained for two years, leaving in the Fall of 1941.  During his ministry, work was begun in the basement of the church for needed Sunday School classrooms.  That work was not completed for several years.

Following Rev. Johnson was Rev. O.H. Tollison, who also stayed for two years.  Rev. W.H. Huddleston was appointed Pastor to succeed Rev. Tollison but only stayed one year.  In the Fall of 1944, Rev. G.T. Wilson was appointed Pastor of the church and it was under his leadership that the basement was completed and the first hot air heating system was installed.

In January of 1946, Rev. H.A. Mushegan was appointed as Pastor but he left in the Fall of the same year.  Rev. P.H. McSwain was appointed Pastor at that time and had a very successful ministry until he left in 1948.  It was under his leadership that the church was remodeled inside.

Rev. L.R. Patterson became Pastor in Woodruff in 1948 and stayed for four years, leaving in 1952.  When Rev. Patterson left, he had been Pastor of the church longer than any other minister.  Rev. W.E. Hunter followed Rev. Patterson but only stayed one year.  He was followed by Rev. Oscar Volkman, who would remain at Woodruff until his death in 1963.  Under the leadership of Rev. Volkman, the church was again remodeled and the entire building was bricked.

Church 3 480x403Rev. W.J. Hodges came as Pastor in 1963 at the death of Pastor Oscar Volkman and served the church for one year leaving in 1964.

Rev. H.L. Hunt became Pastor in 1964 and served until 1972.  He, as all of the Pastors, was loved by the people but because of his health, he asked to be moved to a smaller church until his retirement.

Rev. Brady Dennis came to Woodruff in 1972 and stayed until his retirement in 1977 because of his health.  Rev. Dennis had an outstanding ministry at Woodruff.  It was while he was Pastor that the first church secretary was hired and also a very successful bus ministry was begun.

After the retirement of Rev. Dennis, Rev. Wade H. Horton was appointed Pastor and he served the church from 1972-1977.  Rev. Horton’s vision led the church in a massive building program.  A new sanctuary, seating 639 was constructed and the church experienced outstanding growth.  Rev. Horton also introduced the church to the staff concept by adding its first full time Associate Pastor.Church 4 480x401

At the retirement of Rev. Horton, Rev. Charlie Driggers became Pastor at Woodruff and would serve the church for two years leaving in 1986 .  Upon Pastor Driggers leaving, James H. Shealy was appointed as Pastor and served from 1986 until 2009 at which time he retired, making him the longest tenured Pastor in the church’s history.  He was also named Pastor Emeritus by the Church Administrative Board.  During Pastor Shealy’s tenure, many great things were accomplished.  Property’s were remodeled, a Christian Life Center was built, a 2-3 year Revival was birthed and many hundreds of people were saved, a forty acre plot of land was purchased for a future relocation of the church, he worked with the building committee to lead the search for an architect/ builder to begin the process of securing drawings AND the church became totally debt free!

Church 5 150x150Following Pastor Shealy’s retirement in 2009, Curtis D. Terry was appointed Pastor and continues to serve at the present time.  He served the church in many capacities during 23 years in an Associate roll.  During his present tenure, Pastor Terry has continued to remind the congregation of God’s promises, to continue to minister in the established Mission & Vision statements of the Church, to help finalize the drawings for the new building, and has begun the process of making contacts with banking institutions to get the building project moving forward.

We thank God for all His many blessings on our past.  We bless Him and thank Him for His current blessings on our congregation and on our people.  We finally bless the Lord for His many blessings on our future.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!!!!!

 

 

 

 Sunday Service Times                                                              Wednesday Service Times

Sunday School  (All Ages)     9:45 AM                                       Men's Prayer                       9:00 AM
Morning Worship                 10:30 AM                                      
Evening Worship                   6:00 PM                                       Extreme Kids Groups           6:45 PM

                                                                                                  Youth Connection                6:00 PM
Extreme Kidz Worship          10:30 AM                                       Youth Ignition                      6:52 PM 
Evening Kiddie Church          6:00 PM                                        
                                                                                                  Adult Bible Study                 7:00 PM

 

Services

Sunday School                    9:45

Sunday Morning Worship   10:30

Sunday Evening Service     6:00

Wednesday Teaching         7:00

 

 

 

New Beginnings 2018

latest events

21 Jan 2018;
09:45AM - 10:30AM
Sunday School
21 Jan 2018;
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Church Service
21 Jan 2018;
05:15PM - 06:00PM
Drama
21 Jan 2018;
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Evening Service
23 Jan 2018;
06:30PM - 07:30PM
XLR8 Band & Praise Team Practice
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