published Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Sale Creek Church of God celebrates 100th anniversary

The congregation of Sale Creek Church of God will celebrate 100 years as a church family today at 11 a.m. The celebration will include photo displays in the foyer, pictorial brochures for those in attendance, a message by pastor Terry Bolton, a passing-the-torch ceremony and other events, including a presentation of a Hamilton County resolution honoring the church for its religious influence through the years.

FAST FACTS

  • Location: 14919 Old Dayton Pike, Sale Creek.

  • Membership: Approximately 500.

  • Senior pastor: Terry W. Bolton.

OUTREACH

Community children's Easter Eggstravaganza; community Trunk-or-Treat; fall festival; Tennessee Strawberry Festival; Chattanooga Area and Soddy-Daisy food banks; inner-city youth missions; youth Winterfest; youth camps; men's fellowship breakfasts; ladies ministry; and children's ministry dramas and seasonal programs.

TIMELINE

1911 Church founded, making it the oldest Church of God congregation in Tennessee.

1910s-1920s Congregation led in homes and brush arbors by Logan Alexander; the church's first two buildings burn to the ground.

1950s W.I. Head becomes pastor and serves eight years.

1952 First cement-block church built on church property.

1960s O.L. Hart becomes pastor and serves 16 years.

1982 Kenneth Bolton becomes pastor and presides over a time of growth and accomplishments in the church.

1996 Church expands property to include present site.

2004 Congregation erects 38,000-square-foot building on current site.

2007 Kenneth Bolton retires and becomes pastor emeritus; his son, Terry Bolton, becomes pastor.

2000s Church grows to membership in excess of 500.

2011 Third generation of Bolton family, Caleb Bolton, the grandson of Kenneth Bolton and nephew of its current pastor, serves the church as student pastor.

QUOTABLE

"It is a wonderful thing to see how the church has progressed and grown over the last century -- from the time when [it] could barely get 12 cents in the offering to buy a gallon of coal oil to raising $1 million in 30 months to build the new church facility. We are very proud of our heritage at Sale Creek, and we take seriously the responsibility God has given us to reach our community and world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The church is looking forward to 100 more years of celebration, outreach, worship and faith."

-- Terry Bolton

-- Compiled by staff writer Clint Cooper

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