(Cleveland, Tennessee). Organized August 19, 1886, as Christian Union by R. G. Spurling* Sr., Monroe Co., Tennessee; reorganized 1902 as Holiness Ch.; renamed Ch. of God 1907. Govt. is centralized; state assemblies and annual gen. assemblies; chs. elect their officers. Operates Lee College (Cleveland, Tennessee), 3 Bible schools, 1 preparatory school. Fundamental and Pentecostal in doctrine; emphasizes entire sanctification; regards baptism, Lord's Supper, and foot washing as ordinances; practices divine healing; rejects use of alcohol, tobacco; opposes membership in secret societies. See also Church of God, 2; Tomlinson, Ambrose Jessup.
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