Church of God (Cleveland, TN) - Timeline Event
Richard G. Spurling
In 1886, Richard Spurling called together seven other Tennessee Baptists with hopes of restoring primitive Christianity and reviving the spiritual fervor of churches. This holiness revival led to the formation of the Christian Union, which later changed its name to the Church of God in 1907 after moving to Cleveland, Tennessee following a merger with a group in North Carolina. The Church of God is known for its acceptance of faith healing and the spontaneous speaking in tongues (i.e., glossolalia). It is the oldest Pentecostal denomination in the United States.
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Related Dictionary TermsBaptist, Christianity, Christians, Church, Denomination, Faith Healing, God/Goddess, Merger, Speaking In Tongues
General Assembly meeting, North Cleveland Church of God- Wikimedia Commons
Church of God First General Assembly site- Flickr- photo by Brent Moore (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Church of God publishing house- Wikimedia Commons
Book/Journal Source(s)Melton, J. Gordon, 1978. The Encyclopedia of American Religions, Vol. 1 Wilmington, NC: McGrath Publishing Company.
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History New York: Facts on File.
Web Page ContributorBenjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology