- In the year 1937 God gave Annie Spiegel a burden for the City of Stockbridge.
- She contacted John and Rev Jim Evans, who had a tent which they agreed to bring to Stockbridge. However, they were unable to get a permit, so open air services were held in the yard of Liberty Hill Baptist Church.
- Later, they brought the tent one mile south of Stockbridge on Bob Elliott’s property.
- The tent meeting began June 1937 and continued for sixteen weeks.
- The fifteenth of August 1937, the church was established on a donated one-acre plot.
- Plans to build a church begin and on the last Sunday of October 1937 the new church was completed. First Pentecostal Holiness Church.
- First Pentecostal Holiness Church became affiliated with the General Council of the Assemblies of God in August 1937.
- Over the years several buildings have been added to the campus.
- Henry Hall (Dedicated to the long service of Carl and Bea Henry) 1970’s
- Worship Center 1993
- Office Building 2000
- First Pastor Rev. Jim Evans.
- Current Pastor Rev. Steven Hedgecoth #24
*Every church, just like every individual, family, and organization has themes of calling and themes of conflict. Our themes of calling must prevail over the themes of conflict! *
**We are an Assemblies of God church guided by 16 fundamental truths. A full list can be found at https://ag.org/Beliefs/Statement-of-Fundamental-Truths.
Essential Beliefs for Every Follower of Christ:
The Bible is the Word of God.
God's Word is truth. It is our manual for living & the basis of everything we teach. Our first question when faced with a decision is, "What does the Bible say?" (2 Timothy 3:16)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Jesus lived a sinless life and paid for our sin by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead and is the mediator between God and us. (John 14:6).
You must be Born Again.
Salvation comes only through God's grace, and must be received personally by repentance and faith. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God. (2 Cor 5:17)
The Holy Spirit is an essential part of the believer's life.
The Holy Spirit provides us comfort, guidance, power, good character, and spiritual gifts. (John 14:16-26, Acts 9:31, John 16:5-13, Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
Our Core 4 - Create a Culture of
- Diversity (culture, age)
- Healing – promote healing
- Generosity -
- Serving – servant leadership
The Pastoral staff team is led by the Senior Pastor. This team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church.
- Steven Hedgecoth (Nicole), Lead Pastor
- Nicole Hedgecoth, Church Ministry Dir
- Charles Gray, Worship Pastor
- Joni Evans, Office Manager
The Pastors and Elders oversee the spiritual development of the congregation through prayer, presence, teaching and planning.
- Pastor Steven Hedgecoth
- Pastor George Encinias
- Bill Adams
- Leroy Brown
- Pastor Charles Gray
appointed by the Senior Pastor and approved by the board of elders, to oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church.
- Sally Meyer
- DeAniss Dean
- Pam Baylin
- Bernardo Buttler
- Patric Person
- Tana Edmond
“A tithe of everything… belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Lev 27:30
- At Stockbridge Assembly we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s Body, the church, as God commands.
- We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving.
- The giving of tithes and offerings is worship to Jesus Christ and
- is an expression of the relationship between the individual giver and the Lord.
- Funds are not “income only,” they are worship, and must not be considered as a business transaction, but as an expression of gratitude toward God.
- The GA District of the Assemblies of God serves as an overseer board.
Stockbridge Assembly exists to lead others to life, through loving, connecting and serving. We desire to reach people with the life-giving message of Jesus Christ that they might experience a life of purpose and fulfillment that God always intended for them.
Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
We do this through:
We come together to Celebrate
“I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1
Col 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Eph 4:11-12 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
Romans 10:13-14 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”14But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
Real life change happens in the context of relationships
Small Groups give you
- a place to connect
- a place to care – receive and give
- a place to grow
Winning People to Christ
Life is found in Christ. We can only achieve our mission as people that are far from God come close to God.
We all must do our part.
We accept the personal responsibility
Build personal relationships
Give a personal invitation
Our Hope for you
2 Cor 10:15 we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended.
Salvation - Baptism – Pathway
Partnership – Join a small Group – Leading
We believe in partnership – two-way involvement
If you sense a call to Stockbridge Assembly.
Strive to live a life of purity and holy conduct as prescribed by the Bible.
Consistently contribute financially to the Stockbridge Assembly
You can request to move your status to partnership.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and being in agreement with the values and ideas presented in the Church 101 class, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Stockbridge Assembly community. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other partners to do the following
I will protect the unity of my church:
- By acting in love toward other partners.
- By refusing to gossip.
- By following the leaders.
“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together.” Romans 14:19
I will share the responsibility of my church:
- By praying for its growth.
- By inviting the unchurched to attend.
- By warmly welcoming those who visit.
“To the church...we always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.” 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2
I will serve the ministry of my church:
- By discovering my gifts and talents.
- By being equipped to serve by my pastors and elders.
- By developing a servant’s heart.
“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you.” 1 Peter 4:10
I will support the testimony of my church:
- By attending church and small groups faithfully.
- By living a godly life.
- By giving regularly.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
“Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering.” 1 Corinthians 16:2