The Church of God Scotland is a member of the Church of God, with International headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee USA. The Church of God, since its beginning has been a movement, a moving church with a mission of ministry to the world. The Church of God Scotland is Christian, Protestant, Pentecostal denomination Evangelistic in outreach and Charismatic in worship. The Church of God has a presence in 184 countries with a worldwide of membership of over 7 million. The Church of God in Scotland consists of people just like you, from many different nations, languages, and age groups.
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Committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Scotland in the power of the Spirit and with the love of God
Declaration of Faith
Mark 1:15 / Luke 13:3 / Acts 3:19
Romans 5:1 / Titus 3:7
John 3:3 / 1 Peter 1:23 / 1 John 3:9
Romans 5:2 / 1 Corinthians 1:30 / 1 Thessalonians 4:3 / Hebrews 13:12
Luke 1:75 / 1 Thessalonians 4:7 / Hebrews 12:14
Matthew 28:19 / Mark 1:9, 10 / John 3:22, 23 / Acts 8:36, 38
Matthew 3:11 / Luke 24:49, 53 / Acts 1:4-8
As the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost. John 15:26 / Acts 2:4 / Acts 10:44-46 / Acts 19:1-7
Exodus 19:5, 6 / Psalm 22:22 / Matthew 16:13-19 / 28:19,20 / Acts 1:8 / Acts 2:42-47 / Acts 7:38 / Acts 20:28 / Romans 8:14-17 / 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17 / 12:12-31 / 2 Corinthians 6:6-18 / Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:9, 21 / Philipians 3:10 / Hebrews 2:12 / 1 Peter 2:9 / 1 John 1:6, 7 / Revelation 21:2, 9 / Revelation 22:17
1 Corinthians 12:1, 7, 10, 28, 31 / 1 Corinthians 14:1
Mark 16:17-20 / Romans 15:18, 19 / Hebrews 2:4
Romans 6:22 / Galatians 5:22, 23 / Ephesians 5:9 / Philippians 1:11
Psalm 103:3 / Isaiah 53:4, 5 / Matthew 8:17 / James 5:14-16 / 1 Peter 2:24
Luke 22:17-20 / 1 Corinthians 11:23 – 26
John 13:4-17 / 1 Timothy 5:9, 10
Genesis 14:18-20 / Genesis 28:20-22 / Malachi 3:10 / Luke 11:42 / 1 Corinthians 16:2 / 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 / Hebrews 7:1-21
Matthew 3:8 / Luke 19:8, 9
First, to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
John 5:28, 29 / Acts 24:15 / Revelation 20:5, 6
Matthew 25:46 / Luke 18:30 / John 10:28 / Romans 6:22 / 1 John 5:11-13
No liberation nor annihilation. Matthew 25:41-46 / Mark 3:29 / 2 Thessalonians 1: 8, 9 / Revelation 20:10-15 / Revelation 21:8
Brief History of the Church
In the 1970s, Mike McKerracher came from the USA to Scotland to work for the Church of God in Dunoon as the Christian Servicemen’s Director. He came in contact with Jim McLaughlin and David Lawson who were part of an open-air ministry team in Glasgow. A church was started in Partick and David Lawson became the first pastor of that church. In 1978 Paul and Sheila McLaughlan moved their family from England (Lancaster) and started a church in Inverness.
In 1980 the Church of God was formally established in Scotland. US Missionary Jake Popejoy was appointed the first National Overseer for the country. Jim McLaughlin and David Lawson were holding an evangelism campaign in Glasgow. It was during this time that Neil and Lesley Morrison converted to Christianity and received a call to the Ministry.
The Morrisons were invited to the USA where they completed their Master of Divinity degrees (1981-84). They returned to Scotland in 1984 and started a church in the village of Auchinloch. Neil and Lesley also pioneered the Institute of Counseling (IoC) in the city of Glasgow. Both of these works are still active and viable today. It is noteworthy that the IoC has trained over 30,000 students.
1983 Paul McLaughlan, Sr. became the National Overseer of the country when Jake Popejoy returned to the U.S.A.
1990 Jim Hytte came from the U. S. A. and started a church in Elgin.
1995 Tony Summerfield became the National Overseer while Paul and Sheila McLaughlan went to the U. S. A. to further their education.
1996 Jim McLaughlin started a mission work in the village of Bargeddie.
1999 Billy McLaughlan became the National Overseer when Tony Summerfield returned to England.
2001 a work was started by Billy McLaughlan in Dingwall.
2004 David Lawson pastored a work in the Gorbals area of Glasgow which is now the Gorbals Church of God with Pastor Ambakisye Mufala.
2007 Dereck and Gabi Grant planted a church in Nairn.
2009 Dennis Tanner became the National Overseer of the country after having been a missionary in Belgium.
2012 Rev. Manuel Martín-Arroyo is appointed as Senior Pastor at Elgin Community Church of God.
Today The Church of God Scotland has 13 churches throughout the country, which include ethnic groups from countries outside the United Kingdom. The primary ministerial goals of Bishop Tanner have been to establish new churches, develop spiritual leaders within the local church, and to train men and women for the ministry.
Central Belt Distrcit Overseer
Dr Gabriel Kaifala