Downtown Blacksburg Inc. is proud to present our non-profit Member of the Month for December 2018- Blacksburg First Church of God.
Blacksburg First Church of God has been a congregation worshiping and serving the Lord in downtown Blacksburg since 1952. Blacksburg First Church of God is affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), which for those unfamiliar with that denomination, is not all that far theologically from the Nazarene Church, Wesleyan Methodist Church or the United Methodist Church.
The congregation formed in 1952 in order to serve God and particularly serve what was then known as “VPI”. To accomplish that objective, the congregation was intentionally located close to Virginia Tech. Our original church building was at the corner of Draper and Roanoke Streets (where the 7-11 store is today). That building was destroyed by fire on December 21, 1958. After the fire, our trustees were contacted by nearly every other church in town with offers to use their sanctuaries for our worship service and Christmas Eve service.
We accepted the offer from Rev. Smythe and the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church to worship in their recently vacated property just a block east on Roanoke Street. The next summer we purchased that property and worship there still today. Also of interest is that the only items to survive the fire are our current communion table and a some beams which were fashioned into the cross which hangs at the front of the Sanctuary.
Our current pastor is Rev. David Ansley, who has been our pastor since June 2007, is a graduate of Anderson University School of Theology as well as Virginia Tech! He has been married to his wife Carolyn for over 25 years, and together they have four children: Jonathan, Michael, Steven and Clara.
Our church supports many local ministries including: the Montgomery County Christmas Store; the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program; To Our House overnight thermal shelter; the Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry; Montgomery County Relay for Life and Hope to Walk.
Carolyn Ansley also plans, coordinates and makes most all the food for our annual Ladies Tea Party. This is a formal tea party, served on real china, and the proceeds support a project that is chosen by our state women’s group. Last year it was a child sponsorship, and a year or so ago it was Hope to Walk – a ministry that provides prosthetic legs to “bring hope to amputee patients living in poverty” and is based in Blacksburg but has an outreach around the world.
Our next special event is scheduled for Saturday, December 22, from 2-5 PM. From 2-3 PM there will be a concert in the sanctuary by a group called Celebration Strings. They are a group of string musicians composed of a mother, Christy Solomon, and her 8 children. After the concert there will be a come-and-go reception in the fellowship hall with heavy hors-d’oeuvres and beverages.
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