Our History

Our History

One Monday evening...October 25, 1937, a few saints met at the home of Brother and Sister Marvin Thompson to discuss the possibility of beginning a Church of God congregation on the east side of Columbus. These saints were, at that time, members of the Burnside Church of God on the west side, presently known as the Wayne Avenue Church of God. Although the records are not conclusive, Marvin and Essie Thompson, Emma Bush, Mattie Jackson and Henrietta Viney were among those who felt "led of the Holy Spirit to begin a work on the east side."

The first service was held on March 13, 1938. Since that faithful day, the First Church of God has worshipped at the following Columbus, Ohio locations:

  • 562 St. Clair Avenue
  • 487 North Champion Avenue
  • 1206 Atcheson Street
  • 115 Wilson Avenue

On Father's Day, Sunday, June 18, 2000 under the leadership of Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, the congregation took possession of 124 acres and began worshipping at the "City of Refuge", 3480 Refugee Road.