Our History

“Except the Lord build the house they labour in vain that build it”

Psalm 127:1

“Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”

Matthew 16:18

The following are excerpts taken from the “Hallelujah Herald” published April 19, 1987.

Bro. Mike was called to pastor in March of 1980. As he prayed and sought God, Bro. Mike realized it was the Lord’s will to start a church in Shadeville, Ohio. Many people tried to discourage Bro. Mike, telling him a church would never last. However, when God is the arrangements, nothing is impossible.

Exodus 15:11 “Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the Gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders”.

Bro. Mike had determined in his heart from the very beginning that he would preach the uncompromised Word of God, no matter what anyone thought or said. For we read in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts, and intents of the heart”. Also, from the beginning, Bro. Mike has upheld and preached holiness with no fear of man. This is what we need in this day in which we are living. We read in Isaiah 35:8, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein”.

The church was started at 50 Jackson Street in Shadeville, Ohio. The first service was held April 9, 1980 and the first sermon preached by Bro. Mike was “Being Considered by God”.

The church was charted May 15, 1980. 

The building at 50 Jackson Street was a one-room schoolhouse with a wood-burning stove. We rented the building for $80.00 / month and had a total of 6 members.

Zechariah 4:10 “For who hath despised the day of small things…..”

In September of 1980, we moved to 108 Cottage Street. The first service was held November 26, 1980 and 26 were in attendance. the first sermon preached by Bro. Mike was “The Faith, The Rock, The Savior” and 3 were saved in that Sunday night service. The “new” building was a “two car, unfinished garage”, complete with folding chairs.

God continued to bless and the church was continually praying for a new building.

But praise the Lord, He had a “perfect plan” to be fulfilled in His “time-table”.

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways

my ways, saith the Lord”.

The church moved to 98 Jackson Street, Shadeville, Ohio in the March of 1983. The dedication of the church was in March and Bro. Elias Harmon preached on “Full of Faith”. The first service Bro. Mike preached was on a Sunday night and the message was “Walking by Faith”.


This is the beginning of Shadeville Church of God Holiness………………………………………………