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The I'm New section can be used to answer the top 5-7 questions a new person would have before attending the church for the first time. One idea would be to set up the page in a FAQ format which answers each question in a clear and concise way. Some questions you may want to answer could include:

  • What is it like?
  • What about my kids?
  • Where do I park?
  • What do I wear?
  • How can I get connected?

 

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In May of 1964 our first preaching minister, H. A. Fincher, resigned, and 14 other ministers would follow him, including our current preaching minister, Drew Custer.

In 1965, a preacher’s home was built next door to the church building.

On April 16th, 1967, Chester Jenkins and Eugene Hornback were appointed elders to serve with Gilbert Dadisman. These three men would serve this congregation with love and devotion for the next 25 years; this congregation will always be grateful for their service to the Lord.

Also in 1967, the Education Building was built with 11 classrooms and two offices.

In 1970, the auditorium was extended on both sides and seven more classrooms were added on the lower east side. In 1972, the educational wing was expanded to include more classrooms and an all-purpose room. In 1990, the former preacher’s home, located to the east of the main structure, was remodeled to facilitate a Day Care Center.

In September of 1991, 7- acres behind the rear parking lot were purchased, giving us a total of 15 acres. In 1998, the present auditorium was completely remodeled. Our Fellowship Center was completed and dedicated October 31, 1999 at a cost of $850,000. This building has and will continue to enhance our effort to evangelize our surrounding community.

During all these years of renovation and expansion, we never went outside of this congregation for money. It always came from within by the congregation purchasing bonds, which shows the kind of love and confidence this church family has for the Lord. Never has it been asked to give for a need that was not responded to with great generosity.

In the beginning, our bulletins, known as “The Hilltopper Bulletin,” always printed the same scripture on its front page, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14 – 16

Okolona’s light was lit in 1960. It has been burning ever since, and may it burn even bigger and brighter in our future.