By Faye Rook and Belle Daughtrey Shepard
Starting with prayer meetings at Dorothy Kee's home on Sunday afternoon in 1947, eventually moving to the Red Hill Church off Airline Road near the Red Hill Cemetery. Dorothy Kee pastored, Jack Kee lead worship and played guitar, along with Naomi Parks playing piano occassionally.
As a body, we purposed to move to Powderly, Texas with the desire to build a church where people could come to worship in spirit and in truth, get born again,healed, get problems solved, to have needs met, and to get filled with the Spirit. We began doing the things needed to be done to see our prayers come to pass. the church building was completed and we were organized and became affiliated with the 'Church of God'.
Rev.Ray T. Hill, District Pastor of Paris Church of God, read the declaration of Faith, and taught the doctrinal commitments of the Church of God; teaching the responsibilty of members to live as examples to each other and the world these twenty two core beliefs outlined in scripture. Church of God Beliefs+
Sis. Dorothy Kee was the first pastor, with Francis Ashford and Kathryn Alvord playing piano. Orie and Nita Daughtrey and Chick and Faye Rook made the firat two payments repectively on the church. The land was donated by Dorothy and Billy Kee.
Initial members were: Jack and Marie Kee, Edward and Elamy Kee,Dorothy (first pastor) and Billy Kee, Hattie Kay Kee, Fred Kee,Helen and Lu Coe Pierce, Mae Thompson, Nell Thompson, Alton and Voncille Thompson, Aunt Tommie Westbrooks, Loma 'Goodmama' Garmon, Theo Daughtrey, Faye Rook, Belle Daughtrey Shepard, Loma Ashford, Roxie Moore.
Records were kept by Faye Rook, and then by her sister Belle Shepard. Loma Ashford was the church clerk. Pastors after Sis. Kee left were Bro. Murphy, Bro. Wilson, Bro. Neal, and Bro. Bruce Coker.
Pastors of Powderly Church of God By dates:
Joe Blackshear January 1959-March 1959
V. E. Nettles April 1959-July 1959
Robert McDonald September 1959- November 1959
Robert Dawkins January 1960- July 1960
Jack Kee August 1960- September 1962
E.E. Malone October 1962- July 1963
Allie Woodard August 1963- July 1964
Zoe Brown August 1964
George Wilkinson September 1964- April 1966
Caroll Smith May 1966- February 1968
A. E. Davis March 1968-September 1968
Bob Tole October 1968-March 1969
J F Rankin April 1969-May 1969
Ira Sandefer July 1969-June 1970
C H Stewart July 1970-September 1970
J M Jones October 1970-May 1971
J H Patterson June 1971
Wayne Henshaw August 1971-February 1972
T J O'Neal April 1972-June 1972
G F Moore November 1972-June 1973
Othoe Stegall July 1973-August 1973
Everett Lobaugh September 1973-June 1974
Charles Craig August 1974-February 1976
B C Shellnut March 1976-September 1977
Clarence Parsons October 1977-April 1978
James Johnson May 1978-June 1979
James Donovan September 1979-February 1980
James Jonnson March 1980-June 1980
Johnny Martin August 1980-October 1980
Billy Jordan November 1985-February 2003
Mark Sanders March 2003-Current
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