The Church of God began on August 19, 1886, in Monroe County, Tennessee, near the North Carolina border. Former Baptist Richard Green Spurling preached in a mill-house along Barney Creek and eight persons formed a Christian Union for the purpose of following the New Testament as their rule for faith and practice, giving each other equal rights and privilege to interpret Scripture, and sitting together as the church of God. Twenty-one years later the growing movement formally adopted the name Church of God.
The Tarboro Church of God started from a tent meeting in a cotton field to a beautiful new brick church building located at 908 W. St. James Street.
The Tarboro Church of God was chartered by the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee in 1929 as Church no.0012. This means that the Tarboro Church of God was the 12th church to be chartered in this organization.
1931-1948: J.G. Perry, P.H. McCarn, Luther Denton, Fred Hardee, Clem Deans, Isaac Hinton, Harry Walker, John Edwards, Early E. Hurst, and Jesse Griggs.
1949 - 1953: A . H . Clark
1953 - 1956: W . P . Gasnell
1956 - 1958: G . H . Grooms Jr.
1958 - 1974: O . L . Dyson
1974 - 1977: L . D . Hudson
1977 - 1979: E . L . Turner
1979 - 1981: Milan Boyd
1981 - 1982: David Hatcher
1982 - 1992: Haywood L. Preslar
1992 - 2001: Reid Huffman
2001 - 2005: Dale Morgan
2005 - PRESENT: Sammy Wood
The first church was a one room plank building, facing Poplar Street in what was then know as Keechtown
From 1931 to 1948 a total of ten men pastored this small church. At that time pastors were appointed in one year increments. Their names were: J.G. Perry, P.H. McCarn, Luther Denton, Fred Hardee, Clem Deans, Isaac Hinton, Harry Walker, John Edwards, Early E. Hurst, and Jesse Griggs.
In 1948 under the pastorate of Rev. Jesse Griggs a new block church was built on Clay Street right around the corner from the wood frame building.
It was not until March 7, 1955, under the pastorate of Rev. W.P. Gosnell that the congregation moved from Clay Street to 412 Shirley Street.
In September of 1999, Tarboro suffered from Hurricane Floyd. Brother and Sister Huffman were instrumental in setting up the Tarboro Church as a distribution center for those who were hard hit by the flood.
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