Who We Are: Our History
The church started out as the Fond du Lac Church of God by Rev. Roy Myers. The first building purchased was in 1969 on South Street for $8,000 with Rev. Wayne Akin as pastor. In 1991 under the direction of Rev. Randy Geary the building on 9th street was purchased. The name was changed to Friendly Church of God and then to Spirit of Life Church of God. Today, under the direction of Pastor Rob J. Ramirez, we have expanded our territory. In January 2010, we purchased the building located at 240 N. National Ave in Fond du Lac moving from 1,940 sq ft to 12,000 sq ft. God is at work in our city and we want to continue to be a part of “building His Church!”
Spirit of Life is a dynamic and energetic church making an impact both in people's lives and our community. We are dedicated to delivering timeless truths based on God's Word while ushering people into His presence through inspired praise and worship. At Spirit of Life, we seek to unify the body of Christ by embracing diversity.
While our worship services offer a vital opportunity to experience His presence and truth, we are committed to developing smaller relational environments that give people the opportunity to connect with other believers, discover their gifts, and develop a greater understanding of God’s word. Beyond all of the programs, music, and fellowship, we ultimately exist to share Christ's love and to serve God.
Who is the Church of God
It was 1886, in a crude meeting house on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where the Church of God traces its roots. There, a group of eight sincere Christians had a deep desire for a closer relationship and life with Christ. Realizing the futility of reforming their own churches, they established a new church whose objective would be to restore sound scriptural doctrines of the Bible, encourage deeper consecration and promote evangelism and Christian service. Twenty-one years after the formation of the Christian Union that evening at the Barney Creek Meeting House, the growing movement would establish themselves permanently as the Church of God.
From this seemingly insignificant origin has grown one of the most influential worldwide Pentecostal denominations. For nearly 120 years the Church of God has been a distinctive movement focused upon communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Presently, the Church of God has a world-wide membership of over 6 million with a presence in nearly 150 countries. Leaders of the Church of God are recognized as some of the most respected Pentecostal leaders of today.
The call of the Church of God today beckons back to those early days at Barney Creek. Church of God congregations around the globe are experiencing the fire of the Holy Spirit today more than ever. Reports of revivals where hundreds are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit are frequent and on-going. The call of the Church of God is for world evangelization. It is a call to discipleship and prayer. It is a call of commitment. It is a call for the Church of God to be a channel for Pentecostal revival well into the new millennium.