“And I will do better unto you than at your beginnings.”
During the month of April, 1914, District Superintendent Rev. E.A. Clark rented a vacant store building and secured the services of I.G. Martin of Chicago as evangelist. Rev. L. Milton Williams came a few weeks later and organized the church with 41 members on April 13, 1914. The revival continued and 30 more names were added for a total of 71 charter members.
The members worshipped in many places: the Holiness Mission, private homes, an upper room in the court house, the Y.M.C.A., the old “Last Chance” building (formerly a saloon), and the Baptist Mission.
Property was secured at the corner of Third Avenue East and South 2nd Street and on September 10, 1914 ground was broken for the first church building. The lot was purchased for $2,750 and a 50’ x 70’ building was constructed for $12,000.
In the fall of 1948, during the ministry of Rev. Harvey C. Miller, a new entrance was added to the church building. A rededication service was held on January 16, 1949 with General Superintendent Hardy C. Powers presiding.
Under the leadership of Rev. T.T. McCord, a plot of ground at Third Avenue East and