General offices for the Church of God are housed in Anderson, Indiana. Local congregations of the Church of God are autonomous. The General Offices and General Director have no ecclesiastical authority over the local churches. The national leadership exists to serve and to bring a unified ministry opportunity to the local church.
To find out more about the Church of God movement, visit the Church of God official website at www.chog.org
Tibitha Church of God began in 1896 after a Church of God evangelist from Federalsburg, Maryland held a series of "brush arbor" meetings in Fleeton. As a result several persons were saved and others took a stand with the teachings of the Church of God. Subsequently, a congregation of the Church of God was established in the Reedville community.
The group met in an old school until 1904. In that year a building was erected on the present site and remodeled until the present sanctuary was built in 1964.
A new addition, completed in 2008, is a testimony to the congregation's desire to continue ministry in the Reedville area.
The Tibitha Church of God has the distinction of being the oldest congregation of the Church of God in Virginia.
The Church of God had its beginnings in 1881 when a group of people separated themselves from church organizations and began to teach the unity of God's people and a life of holiness. That original gospel team began to travel and hold meetings across the Midwest and then it spread into other parts of the country. As new works were founded, new congregations of the Church of God were established.
An effective publishing ministry supported and helped spread the work in the early years. Soon several ministry homes were established across the country, followed by a larger publishing ministry and several colleges. Today, Warner Press in Anderson, Indiana is the publishing house of the Church of God. Anderson University and School of Theology is the largest of the group's colleges. Other colleges include: Warner Southern, Lake Wales, Florida; Mid America Christian University, Oklahoma City; Warner Pacific, Portland, Oregon; Bay Ridge Christian College, Kendleton, Texas;
Regarding its theology and biblical perspective, the Church of God is indebted to the Protestant Reformation, the Anabaptist free-church tradition, the Puritan-Pietist movement, Arminian-Wesleyan evangelicalism, and the Holiness movement.
Steve and Brenda Hency
Pastor Steve Hency and Brenda have served as pastors of the Tibitha Church of God since January, 2005. Prior to serving in Reedville, Reverend Hency served for eleven years as Minister of Christian Education and Senior Care at the First Church of God in Vincennes, Indiana. Besides pastoring in Indiana, the Hencys have also served in Michigan.
Pastor Hency is a graduate of Anderson University and Anderson School of Theology. Brenda also attended Anderson University. Prior to coming to Reedville, Brenda worked as an Accounts Supervisor at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana.
Together they have spent 40 years married to each other and 30 years in full-time Christian ministry.
They have two adult married daughters and one grandchild, all who live in Indiana.
Both Steve and Brenda came to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior at a young age. Both are "children of the church" having been raised in Christian families by devoted Christian parents.
They are humbled by God's grace and acknowledge the great blessing that has been given to them because of their Christian heritage.
Other Sites of interest are:
Virginia Church of God web site.