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pre-1947

Many a prayer ascended to the throne of God that an Assembly of God would be established in Crawfordsville, Indiana. At times, it looked as if God had not heard; but, He did hear and sent an answer.

1947

Reverend and Mrs. Lloyd Clements answered the leading of the Lord to come to Crawfordsville. They began laying the foundation for a future Assembly of God. At this time, Ezra Newton and Marion Walls were the only A/G members in town. They worshiped in a rented hall downtown.

1948

Mr. and Mrs. Denham, along with their daughter Elma, moved near Crawfordsville to help establish an Assembly. They, along with Reverend and Mrs. Clements, labored faithfully for two years, holding together a small group of people who were interested in the full Gospel message.

1949

Reverend Clements accepted the pastorate at Richmond, Indiana, and, for the next year, the work was without leadership. Prayer continued to be made for the church. The congregation gathered together in Mrs. Walls home; and later, they met at the Denham's home for Sunday school and Sunday afternoon services.

1950

The Lord was faithful in answering prayer. In June, Reverend Warren Phifer and his wife accepted the challenge in Crawfordsville. Services were again held in a tent. A lot on on Wilson Street and College Avenue was purchased and given to the church. In October, a portable tabernacle, a Quonset hut, was purchased and erected on the newly purchased lot. In a small time, the Sunday School grew from just a few to fifty.

1951

On October 28, charter membership was drawn up, with Reverend Dale Zink, district secretary, in charge. The membership included: Florence Foster, Sarah Foster, Maxine Leitze, Ezra Newton, James Worth and Mrs. William Daugherty.

1952

On January 27, the first election of church officers was held. During Reverend Phifer's pastorate, the lot at 1509 E Main Street was purchased.

1953

In April, Reverend Phifer left the church for a pastorate in Missouri. Reverend Vern Stoops and his wife became the pastors of First Assembly. The church facility located on Main Street and Wabash Avenue was begun in this year, and the little church on Wilson Street and College Avenue was sold. Until the new facility was complete, services were held in the Seven Day Adventist building on Whitlock Avenue.

This was the congregation of First Assembly of God in 1953.

1954

The first service was held in the new building on Main Street and Wabash Avenue in May 1954.

1956

On October 7, Reverend Vern Stoops resigned to accept a pastorate in New Jersey. On October 28, Reverend C. E. Fussell was voted in as pastor. Several improvements to the facility were made during his pastorate, along with the church's name being changed from Crawfordsville Assembly to First Assembly of God.

1957

On January 11, the church was incorporated as First Assembly of God, Crawfordsville, Indiana.

1958

On February 16, Reverend John E. Smith accepted the call to Crawfordsville; and for six years, he pastored. During his pastorate, the adjoining two lots were purchased.

1964

On November 1, Reverend R. L. Covington and his wife accepted the pastorate.

1967

In April, ground was broken for a new sanctuary on Main Street and Wabash Avenue. It was completed in October. It was also in this year that Reverend E. C. Summerfield and his wife, Marian, began pastoring.

1972

Reverend Jerry Parritt and his wife, Carol, accepted the pastorate. They pastored until 1976.

1976

Following Reverend Parritt, Reverend David Wigington and his wife, Candy, pastored. 

1978

Reverend Randy Hopkins and his wife, Vickie, pastored First Assembly from 1978 to 1979.

1979

Reverend John Utz pastored from 1979 to 1981.

1981

Following Reverend Utz, Reverend J. P. Friend and his wife, Irene, accepted the pastorate. During their pastorate, a middle section of the church facility at 1509 E Main Street was completed, which gave the church Sunday school space.

Pastor J.P. Friend and family in 1983. He pastored First Assembly of God from 1981 to 1986.

1986

Reverend Gary Hanson and his wife, Carol, began pastoring First Assembly.

1988

Renovations of the fellowship hall were completed.

1991

Ten acres of land were purchased, east of town, on State Road 32, and the building program was launched for the current facility.

1997

Following Reverend Hanson, Reverend Michael Stewart and his wife, Amanda, began pastoring. They continued the building program, seeing the current facilities built during their pastorate.

2000

On January 2, ground was broken for the Family Life Center facility at 2070 Lebanon Road.

2005

In May, Reverend Rodger Garland and his wife, Michelle, began pastoring First Assembly. 


2007

Following Reverend Garland, Reverend Al Davis pastored First Assembly.

2009

In May, Reverend Bill Parks and his wife, Esther, began pastoring First Assembly.

2015

On June 28, Reverend Bill and Esther Parks moved back to Ligonier, IN and Reverend Rob Hughes and his wife Donna, began pastoring First Assembly.