THE COUNTRY CHAPEL BEGINNING
Bible Study group decided to have worship service in the wood shop
of George and
There soon emerged the desire to organize as a Church. And God led them to make The Country Chapel, non-denominational.
By God's anointing, purpose and presence, miracles began to happen; "It seemed like people started “coming out of the woodwork."
Over 100 people celebrated Christmas, 1979. The true Spirit of Christ was present and is still “ever-so-near” every time we meet.
Land, at the corner of Burkhead Rd and Highway 321 N. was purchased on January 14, 1980
3000 Highway 321 N.
Ward (in Sylvania Community), Arkansas 72176
One week and three days after purchase on February 17, 1980, the land was dedicated to God,
and God looked at what He created and
“saw that it was good.”
The first service on the
"new" land was April 6, 1980, with 135 in attendance. It was cold.
The gable ends were not finished. The wind and metal chairs helped keep everyone "alert."
May 11, 1980, marked another milestone, when the congregation moved from meeting in the wood
shop, to the newly finished sanctuary.
It was most appropriate being Mother's Day, because The Country Chapel has "given birth"
to many answered prayers and will continue to be the spiritual home of many of God's children.
In orderliness and decency,
based on the Bible as God's inerrant word, The Country Chapel adopted its bylaws
on July 2, 1980.
The Country Chapel conducted its first ordination service on July 30, 1980, at which Rev. Tommy King was ordained.
"Bro. Tommy" served as a very able and spiritual Pastor, establishing a Spirit-led people upon the foundation stone Jesus Christ.
"Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
Therefore, "let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon."
We shall always thank God, for Spirit-led people, and a Spirit-led Pastor, who by faith pleased God.
"Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the Word of God: whose faith follow considering the end of their conversation."
It is good to be part of a work of faith that pleases God. For those twenty-two people who "launched out into the deep", and joined their lives, hopes, and faith in spiritual unity, we say, “thank you”! And may God’s blessings continue without measure, in “daily benefits” upon all who are privileged to worship and serve Him, through the fellowship of believers at The Country Chapel.
Brother Tommy King, and his wife Maxine, served three and a half years as founding Pastor, December 1979, through May 1984.
The second pastor of The Country Chapel:
Rev. Steve and Peggie Zumalt
Served thirty-seven years and three months:
June 9, 1984, through September 26, 2021.
Rev. Kevin and Stephanie Nobles
became Pastor by unanimous vote, May 15, 2022, .....
the forty-four years, since December 1979, there have been 6,316 (Six
Thousand, Three Hundred, Sixteen) individuals
who have attended at least one service at "The Country Chapel". There are many reasons we join Fanny Crosby in her song,
"To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Has Done."
"The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.." Psalm 126:3 (KJV)
We stand in faith, by His grace, on all the promises of God, but one in particular:
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" Phillipians 1:6 (KJV)
There is much more to the history of The Country Chapel than what is written here.
The Country Chapel is "HIS-STORY" still in the making.
There is so much more to the future of The Country Chapel.
However, this brief glimpse of the beginning reveals evidence of the
faith, motives, mission, and accomplishments of that first group; that "first generation"
who stepped out in faith and obedience to God, as He created, established, and
STILL blesses, STILL preserves the spiritual and physical work known as
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