Ferrum Faith's Story

History is defined as "the whole series of past events connected with someone or something". Here at Ferrum Faith we believe that what God has done in the past is to be celebrated, as it builds our faith to believe Him for what He still wants to do in and through us. For each of us individually there are moments in our story that we must remember.  

"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebeneezer, saying, 'Thus far the LORD has helped us.'" I Samuel 7:12 (NIV)


1964 - 2018


A few ladies from our community felt God's calling to establish a local church.  With many prayers and God's will our church was built on faith.  The first service was held August 9, 1964 in the basement of a home that belongs to Inez Cook.  That Sunday morning there were 48 people that attended Sunday school.  Sister Smith, the pastor at that time preached a message on "Faith That Conquers"


An evening service was held at 3:00 p.m. on the same day, and district superintendent, Glenn West presided.  He had a short devotional service, then a short business meeting.  Plans were discussed for the new church building.  After the service, Brother West and most everyone else present, went over to look at the land to be given to the church by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Quinn.  Brother West was pleased with the two acres of land on route 788.  He informed the congregation that the deed to the land would have to be made to the  trustees and their successors, Appalachian District of the Assemblies of God, until the time when the total membership reached 25, at that time the deed could be made to the local Assembly.


First Sunday School Elections

September 27, 1964


Sunday School Supt. - Eva Peters, Secretary & Treasurer- Inez Cook, Church Secretary & Treasurer - Dora Jones,

Tithes Secretary- Nora Underwood, Adult Sunday School Teacher - James Wagner, Adult Teacher Assistant- Nora Underwood,

Teen-Age Teacher - Dora Jones, Junior Teacher - Thelma Wagner, Primary Teacher - Lora Quinn, Beginner Teacher - Maxine Jones, Cradle Roll Supt. - Frances Maxey, Extension Dept. Supt. - Inez Cook


Advisory Committee Appointed or Church Officers - 1964 - 65

Charles Wagner, J.D. Jones, Frances Maxey


After one year of ministering, Sister Smith moved back to her home in South Carolina.  The late C.E. Young, then pastor of Syndorsville Assembly was appointed by the district as proxy pastor.  One of the lay members, Brother James Wagner preached during this time. Within two years, God blessed His congregation with a small church that was built on 1526 Thompson Ridge Road.  The first Homecoming and a Dedication service was held at Faith Assembly on October 9, 1966.  Dinner was served and evening services began at 2:00 p.m. with special singing by a quartet from Sydnorsville and Rev. and Mrs. Hensley from Endicott.  Rev. Glenn West brought a stirring message.


1967 - 1977


In the spring of 1967 Rev. Bobby McGhee, a young energetic man whom God had called to preach, was sent from Sydnorsville A/G by Brother Young to speak for the Faith congregation for a few Sundays. Revival started and Brother McGhee stayed on as the pastor.  Rev. McGhee pastored for 10 years, in which time the congregation grew to over 100, and a beautiful sanctuary was built debt free.  On  Sunday, March 6, 1977, Pastor McGhee announced to the church that he was resigning effective March 27th to hold a pastorate position at a church in Collinsville under the Assembly of God name.


1977 - 1984


In April of 1977, Rev. Curtis Christian and his family came to pastor Faith Assembly.  Under the leadership of Rev. Christian the church built a parsonage.  This was an accomplishment for the church, pastor and his family.  The parsonage served the church as housing for their family.  God showed great mercy to our church as the parsonage debt was totally paid for under Brother Christian's leadership.  Rev. Christian resigned as pastor on May 27, 1984.


1984 - 1988


The Reverend S. Vaughn Peak and family answered the call to pastor our church in July of 1984.  Under Rev. Peak's leadership the church continued its growth and leadership.  A new picnic shelter was constructed during this time, and plans were drawn to construct a new educational/office facility for the church.


1988 - 1992


In November of 1988 Rev. Jeff Carico and family accepted the call to pastor our church.  Under Rev. Carico's leadership the ministry of Faith Assembly continued to reach its surrounding area.  Construction of the new education/office facilities were completed.


1992 - 1994


In 1992, God blessed our church with another pastor, Rev. Jeff Wade.  During his pastor-ship, a prayer room was constructed and prayer partners were organized.  Rev. Wade and his wife Lois were very active with the youth group and our first Chridren's Church Ministry was established.  Pastor Wade resigned in August of 1994.


1994 - 1996


In November of 1994 through January 1996 Rev. Gerald Meadows pastored our church and was not re-elected for another term.


1996 - 1999


After seven and one-half years of ministry as the Director of Youth and Christian Education for the 100 churches of the Appalachian District, God called Rev. David and Lisa to Faith Assembly.  Rev. Dillon was elected as pastor on April 3, 1996 and served faithfully until June 6,  1999 when God called them back to the Appalachian District office.


1999 - 2010


A great servant of God and a man of great vision and outreach, the Rev. Garlin Strouth and his wife Beverly were united with our church family on November 15, 1999 when they moved into the church parsonage, which later became their own home.  Pastor Strouth faithfully served our church family and community until March 30, 2010 when he passed away and went to be with Jesus.  He was greatly missed by everyone.  Under Garlin's ministry he was able to bless people in the community and surrounding area by preaching the gospel on Cable 12 and 21.  For the first time on Easter Sunday, April 23, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. Pastor Stouth was honored to baptize five of our youth members in our new baptismal.  Under Pastor Strouth's leadership a new Ministry Center was built and dedicated to serving Jesus September 27, 2009.  His words of encouragement to his congregation were, "Be Strong and Move Forward".


2010 - 2015


In October, 2010 Rev. David Braxton accepted the call to serve as our Pastor.  Pastor Braxton and his wife Sherri arrived with their four sons, David, Jonathan, Timothy, and Joseph.  He was licensed as an Assemblies of God minister March 30, 1995 in the South Carolina District and ordained May 8, 1997 in the Georgia District.  This family of God blessed our congregation and served Faith Assembly faithfully until March, 2015.


2015 - Present


On June 7, 2015 Rev. Adam Coombs was elected as our Pastor.  Pastor Adam and his wife Amanda arrived in Ferrum with their three children, Seth, Mackenzie and Levi in the end of July.  A long time resident of upstate New York, Adam was licensed with the Assemblies of God New York District Council in February, 2015 and ordained with the Assemblies of God Appalacian District Council on May 17, 2017. They reside on Ingramville Rd. right here in Ferrum and are looking forward with expectation to what God is doing!!