OUR Church | History

 Hazel Burton moved to Plum Grove in 1925 at the age of ten.  She recalled these early days: “There was not an apostolic church, as they called it then, in Plum Grove.   Brother Hardy Eason came around 1927 to hold us a revival.  He brought his wife and two daughters, Sister Mellie and Sister Grace.  Sister Mellie picked the guitar and both sang.  I can still remember the title of a song they sang, 'When I Take My Vacation in Heaven.'  We sure did enjoy their singing.   The men built a brush arbor so we could have church.  We used kerosene lamps to see by.”
     Bro. Eason continued to come as often as he could to hold services.  The original road was moved to the present location, so another brush arbor was built where Paul Campbell Loop is today. Cecil Scott and Eva Burton Scott donated two acres of land to build the first church on. Another brush arbor was erected until a church was built. The men dug a well to furnish water and Bro. Eason stayed on as pastor. When Bro. Eason left, W.A. Grounds came to pastor the church and was the pastor when the church was officially affiliated with the Assemblies of God in 1939. At the time of affiliation, the church had 35 voting members, ran 65 in Sunday School and 125 on Sunday nights. Bro. Lee followed Bro. Grounds as pastor and in 1940 floodwaters in the church were high enough to turn over the piano. Following the flood, the church relocated and the building was built that continued to stand on the east side of the river until 1987. In 1949, the church received electricity and for many months the light bill ran $1 a month because wood heaters heated the church. During the following years, improvements and additions were added to the original building. In 1987, the church moved to its present location. Dorothy Smith was pastor when the land was obtained and cleared and Harold Blum was pastor when the education building was completed. From 1987 until 1993, the fellowship hall, now children's church, was used as an auditorium. 
     In July 1988, Ernie and Sue Parker became pastors and the church continued to enjoy growth. In 1992, ground was broken for a new worship center. The first service in the new building was August 1, 1993. In 2002, building of the church's Family Life Center was completed. The facility includes a multi-purpose gym, classrooms, kitchen and youth hall and has become a center of activity for all the ministries of Plum Grove Assembly. 
     “Today we are glad to be a part of the continuing history of Plum Grove Assembly of God. We look back with thanksgiving for God’s many blessings and for the faithfulness of those who came before. We also look forward with anticipation to what God has prepared for tomorrow. As we continue to reach out to our area for Christ, our desire is to remain faithful to His will and to carry out the great commission passed on to this generation.”