A history of this church would not be complete without first acknowledging that God is at work among us. What has been accomplished at Pleasant Hill Church of God would never have been possible unless our God had blessed and empowered us. In the same way, the work of the people will not continue unless we continue to seek to know and do His will. Praise, honor, and glory be to our Creator and King and His Son Jesus Christ! Philippians 4:13 is an improtant verse for us at Pleasant Hill COG: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
In 1970 a small group of Church of God members started meeting on Wednesday evenings for Bible study. In the fall of 1972, God revealed the next step in our desire to serve Him. Discovering a "For Sale" sign in the front yard of a large red brick church and after meeting with the realtor and much prayer, the small group agreed to step out in faith and make an offer. The dream of starting a new church now had a permanent address.
In November 1973, Fred Pensyl was hired as a part-time pastor. He and his wife Gladys traveled from their home in Urbana, Ohio to help conduct services. Fred continued as pastor until September 1987 when he left to start a new work in Urbana. Fred's long time ministry and service at Pleasant Hill COG were invaluable and are still greatly appreciated today.
In September 1987 Scott Deane became our full-time pastor. He resides in Ludlow Falls with his wife Theresa. They currently have three children - Joshua and daughter-in-law - Jenny, and their two children - Xavier and Ezra, Rachel and Hannah. They still faithfully serve the church today and both Scott and Theresa have been a blessing to this church body and community. We thank God for their continued efforts to lead this generation of believers.
As we look back, we forge ahead. So much work is yet to do. God has gifted our congregation with many committed people who serve in various capacities. Our most important work is on-going and still unfinished - to preach the gospel and to make disciples. We must continue to prepare men and women for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We pray that God will continue to grant us the wisdom and strength that we lack as we seek to do His will. May we glorify His name as we labor to fulfill our Lord's commission in the community and the world!
Church of God
115 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 1
Pleasant Hill, OH 45359
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Worship Service - 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School - 10:30 a.m.
Evening Activities For All Ages - 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Dinner is provided for all of the youth classes)
**Currently on Summer Break: Wednesday Evening classes, and both women's bible study**