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IA 2018 App Released!

IA 2018 App Released!

IA 2018 APP

The International Assembly mobile app is now available to download! This interactive app will allow you to:

  • view the complete IA 2018 schedule, explore all of the offered sessions, and get detailed presenter information;
  • access the app’s Activity Feed and enjoy highlight photos, ratings, comments, and more;
  • receive announcements and obtain the most up-to-date event information;
  • expand your network and have fun interacting with other attendees in the app;

The top 5 reasons you won’t want to spend a day at IA 2018 without the event app:


Let’s get you set up to use the app!

It’s a simple process. Just follow the instructions below to begin using the app today! It’s free and easy to install:

  1. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play store.
  2. Search for Quickmobile Events.
  3. Select Install.
  4. Open Quickmobile and scan the QR code or enter the event ID (case sensitive): Assembly
  5. Accept the Terms of Use agreement and enjoy the app!

The app should prompt you to create your own profile and login. This will allow you to use attendee specific features such as “My Schedule”, etc. Simply follow the steps to complete the app registration. You can open the “My Profile” tab at any time to select/change your preferred language, email, and other preferences.

CM @ IA2018

CM @ IA2018

Children’s Ministry Mini-Conference

Thursday, July 19, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Meeting Room 6

Children’s Ministries is hosting our second Children’s Ministry Mini-Conference here at the International Assembly. If you are a pastor, children’s ministry leader or volunteer, Sunday school teacher, family ministry director, or a concerned parent join us for a time of fellowship, instruction, interaction, and resource giveaways.

The guest presenter for our DLIK mini-conference will be Annette Safstrom. Annette graduated from Bible college in 1991 with a certification in children’s ministry. Since then she has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s from SMU. She has served as the director for a rapidly growing children’s ministry, and has been a member of the Ministry Architects, a church consulting team, since January of 2012.

In January 2018 Annette coauthored the book Sustainable Children’s Ministry with Mark Devries. The book was written to help children’s ministry leaders not just “hang in” and “hold tight” but develop children’s ministry that could be sustained. During our DLIK mini-conference Annette will share her own story and ministry experiences. And she will help you learn how to recruit volunteers, partner with parents, navigate politics, and care for your own soul instead of frantically scrambling to do it all yourself. The goal or this DLIK mini-conference is to help you build a ministry foundation that will still be standing long after you are gone.

2018 Assembly for Children
Thursday, July 19 – 21, 2018

Morning Ministry
Thursday – Saturday
9:30 AM – 12:00 noon
Ages 4 – 12

Evening Ministry
Thursday and Friday
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Ages 6 – 12

For more information, click here.

CM Leadership Luncheon

Friday, July 20, 12:30 p.m.–3:00 PM; Marriott Tennessee River Room
National, regional and state children’s ministry directors—join our international office team for fun, fellowship, and food. Let’s discover how we can develop leaders who will impact kids eternally.

NOTE: This is an invitation only event.

Children’s Ministries Resource Table

Take time to visit the Children’s Ministries Resource table in the main corridor of the convention center. Our children’s ministry resource coordinator, Kim Batson and a team of children’s ministry volunteers, will be glad to talk with you about the newest and best children’s ministry resources as well as training opportunities that are available to you.



The Church of God of Prophecy will convene for the 100th International Assembly in Chattanooga in July and Global Missions Ministries will be there in full force! Global Missions is providing multiple opportunities to assist you and your church to connect and become aware of the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world! Don’t miss these events:


Continuing the Global Missions Ministries Conversation

Cathy Payne, Facilitator
2:00 – 3:15 PM; Meeting Room 5; English

Come join an open dialogue among leading pastors, mission supporters, and church leadership regarding a fresh perspective of philosophies and strategies concerning missions including the Harvest Partner Connection, Project Giving, One Child Fund, and Global Mission Teams.


Friday, July 20, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chattanooga Convention Center Meeting Rooms

  • It’s a Global family celebration! Admission is FREE!
  • Come, meet and visit with your international church family, Harvest Partner nation, mission leaders, and volunteer missionaries from around the world.
  • Enjoy the sights, sounds, colorful displays and cultural experience of our global family.
  • See and hear firsthand reports, join together in prayer, experience worship in song, and enjoy testimonies from our international delegates.



Tickets may be purchased at the Global Missions Booth in the Chattanooga Convention Center starting Wednesday morning, July 18, 2018. Only a few tickets are available so ticket sales are first come first serve basis.
See You at IA 2018!
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
Chattanoogan Hotel

The Assembly Mission Breakfast has become one of the highlight ministries of the International Assembly. The morning provides the opportunity to be transported to the mission field for breakfast, as representatives from our global missions network host each table. This year, while enjoying breakfast, you will learn about the work, needs, cultures, and lifestyles, as well as the challenges these missionaries encounter while ministering on the mission fields.

A ticket is required for admission at a cost of $30.00.


Friday, July 20, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chattanooga Convention Center Meeting Rooms

One Child Fund is the ministry that allows churches and individual donors to support the Church of God of Prophecy orphanage ministry in thirteen nations; Bulgaria, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Ukraine. Some of the neediest children in the world are being touched by this ministry. With monetary donations from people like you, assistance is provided for the daily life necessities for these orphans and needy children.
Caring for the littlest, loneliest, and the least.

During IA2018, all One Child Fund donors (those who give monthly to the OCF), please come by the Global Missions Ministries booth to pick up your complimentary OCF support pin. For more information on becoming a monthly donor, visit the booth.

Elva O. Decker Howard

Elva O. Decker Howard

Elva O. Decker Howard

Sister Elva Howard, who had a rich and powerful ministry in the Church of God of Prophecy, received her heavenly reward on Thursday, June 7, 2018, when she passed away at the family residence. Sister Howard was  International Director of Women’s Ministries for the Church of God of Prophecy for 30 years.  She was also instrumental in pioneering the camping ministry for the organization.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Howard. She will be sadly missed by her daughter and son, Kathryn Creasy, International Children’s Ministries director, and Randall E. Howard, former General Overseer. Please be in prayer for the entire family of Elva Howard.

Livestream of Service



5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Peerless Road Church


VIEWING at 10 a.m. SERVICE at 11 a.m.
The service will be streamed live.  View it here.

Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Sunset Memorial Gardens


Arrangements by Jim Rush Funeral Home, Cleveland, Tennessee.

El Fuego Volcano In Guatemala

El Fuego Volcano In Guatemala

The Fuego volcano in southern Guatemala erupted on Sunday, June 3, sending lava flows and a massive ash cloud into the nearby rural communities. It was the country’s most deadly volcanic event in more than a century. At this time, the government is reporting 25 dead with 200 more unaccounted for. I have been in contact with Bishop Mario Galindo, national overseer, and we thank God that, although 15 of our church members are displaced and in shelters, no lives were lost. We are in the process of collecting clothing and food to send to the area as soon as travel is available. We would like to ask for your prayers for our Church family and also for your help. For anyone who can be a part of relief effort, donations may be sent to the Guatemala Relief Fund through the International Offices. To the people of Guatemala, we want you to know that you are not alone. The Church of God of Prophecy stands with you.

—Bishop Ben Feliz, General Presbyter, Mexico, Central America, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean



Pre-Assembly Rally at Fields of the Wood

PLEASE NOTE: Shuttle Ticket Sales is Now Closed!

For those who purchased tickets, departure is dependent on the selection you made at the time of purchase:

  • 6:30 am (EST) from the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 7:00 am (EST) from the International Offices in Cleveland, Tennessee

Tickets are available through Friday, July 13, 2018 and will not be sold the day of the event. Tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable.

Tickets are solely for the Shuttle service and includes lunch. Tickets are not needed for those who will be driving their own vehicle to Fields of the Wood. Those driving need to arrive by 8:30 am (EST).




Updated Assembly Housing

Updated Assembly Housing

There are rooms available at the following hotels in downtown Chattanooga:
• Read House .3 miles from the Convention Center
• Westin .3 miles from the Convention Center
• Chattanoogan .4 miles from the Convention Center
• Holiday Inn Express .6 miles from the Convention Center
• DoubleTree .6 miles from the Convention Center
• Hilton Garden Inn .7 miles from the Convention Center
• Hampton Inn .7 miles from the Convention Center
• Chattanooga Choo Choo .7 miles from the Convention Center
The city of Chattanooga has a downtown trolley. For maps and information, go to Carta Shuttle Maps.
In addition, there are a number of rooms available outside of downtown Chattanooga. We have secured a parking garage for those staying outside of downtown Chattanooga. The parking garage is located at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Attendees can park at this garage and take the Assembly Shuttle to the Convention Center. Shuttles will run from this parking lot to the Convention Center and back from early morning until the conclusion of the last session.
For a complete list of hotel rooms, please go to Current Housing List. You may make or change a reservation on this website or call 702-675-6570.

Scholarships Surpass $1m

Scholarships Surpass $1m

The Church of God of Prophecy International Offices is marking a significant milestone in its support of ministers and leaders pursuing higher education.

In a meeting with the regional and state overseers of North America last week, Shaun McKinley, director of Accredited Ministry Development, announced that scholarships and grants provided by the offices to students enrolled in partnering programs has recently surpassed one million dollars.

“We are thankful for the faithfulness and generosity of our donors and tithing local churches,” said McKinley. “Because of their contributions, over the past decade we have been able to invest in our current and future leaders as they participate in our educational initiatives.”

The scholarships and grants awarded from Accredited Ministry Development’s annual budget are only one part of the picture. When adding scholarships from national/regional/state offices, as well as grants provided to underwrite courses, over $2.7 million has been contributed to students and schools.

“We continue to be inspired by the efforts of our students,” continued McKinley. “In addition to pursuing their studies, many are bivocational pastors, balancing school, work, and family responsibilities. Without these scholarships and the variable tuitions that we negotiate with our partners, it would be impossible for many to continue their education and grow in their ministry skill.”

Scholarships are awarded throughout the year with a number of additional scholarship funds being added within the past year. Current scholarships include:

  • Adrian L. Varlack All Nations Scholarship
  • Billy D. Murray Harvest Scholarship
  • Church Matching Scholarship
  • Cross Cultural Ministry Scholarship
  • Doctor of Ministry Scholarship
  • Ministry Honors Scholarship (formerly Leader of Leaders)
  • PTS Certificate Course Scholarship
  • Women in Ministry Scholarship

Scholarship applications may be completed online at Individuals or churches may also contribute to any of the above scholarship funds at the website.

About AMD Scholarships

Make a lasting impact on the life and ministry of a Church of God of Prophecy minister by investing in an AMD Scholarship Fund. AMD Scholarship Funds provide contributors with a unique opportunity to:

  • Memorialize or honor a loved one with a scholarship in that person’s name
  • Provide financial aid to students studying in a particular field, such as pastoral ministry, counseling, youth or children’s ministry
  • Help students who have financial or personal hardships to overcome
  • Honor students who have made a significant impact in their local church or community
  • Honor students based on personal characteristics such as ethnic or cultural background, gender, or geographic origin

If you are interested in supporting or creating a scholarship fund, please contact or call (423) 559-5331. Your gift, of any amount, is appreciated and 100% will go toward the scholarship you designate.

News from Ethiopia

News from Ethiopia

The last several months we have suffered many problems with social unrest and political upheaval. We were unable to gather our leaders in April for training due to many travel restrictions, road blocks, and a government order for no public gatherings. In spite of this, our districts held their own gatherings and God tremendously blessed, as we will share below. As an update, we believe we have experienced an answer to our many prayers. In recent weeks, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia has resigned and the government has installed a new Prime Minister who is a Pentecostal believer! He is also from the Oromo tribe, the tribe who has suffered most of the oppression in recent years. We are so thankful that these changes are taking place with very little force.

Best Assembly Moments

Best Assembly Moments

We are blessed to look back at our heritage and the moments that have had an impact on our lives. Celebrating our upcoming 100th International Assembly, brings memories of these life changing events. Below is a few of these more memorable times.