Church of God

Our History

The work of the Church of God in New Castle had a humble beginning. In 1912, 3 families met together,

first in homes and then in a rented hall. Bro. Elijah Van Hoose came to serve as their first Pastor of the new congregation. Growth continued, with meetings held in the Court House and then at 18th & Walnut where a new building was dedicated in 1922, under the pastorate of Bro. Frank Steimla.

Roy W. Potter and F. Stanley Smith followed as pastors, prior to the coming of Herman Ast in September 1926. After 38 years of ministry in New Castle, Rev. Ast retired on September 1, 1964. H.Lee Murrell then served as pastor for 2 years, followed by Melvin Miller who unexpectedly passed away after less than a year in the pastorate. D. C. Stafford came later in that year, serving until 1973. In August 1973, Harold Goodpastor came as pastor, and srved until the end of 1979. During his ministry, the present facilities on S. Memorial Dr. were built. In April 1980, Larry Buford was called as Senior Pastor and served as Associate Pastor. Rev. Peterson served until May 1987.

In July 1988, Bob R. Cole was called to serve as Associate Pastor. In 1990, Jody Hill was called as the Senior Pastor, and served in that capacity until 1993. Tom Pickens served as Interim Pastor during 1993-94. In January of 1995, Mark A. Martin was called as Senior Pastor, and Jason A. Clark was added to the staff as Youth Pastor in September of 1995. In fall or 1997, Tami Byrd was called as Associate Pastor of Youth, and Curtis L. Ferrell was added to the staff as Pastor of Music and Worship in February of 1998. By August 2006, Mark announced his resignation and Arlo Newell next assumed Interim Pastor duties.

In October 2007, Pastor Chris Gammello began leading us as the Senior Pastor and is still currently. Curtis moved on in 2011 and the Worship Pastor position became part time. In February 2012, Brian Webb became the interim and now part time Worship Pastor. Tami Byrd left in August of 2014. Next Pastor Chris Kaczmarek joined us as the Youth Pastor and is still serving in that role. Kaitie Ferrell was then added as the part time Children's Director in May of 2015. 

Our history is vital, but not defining. God has given us--a mission--and vision to accomplish that mission! The future will be full of hope and promise, if we faithfully carry our Christ's mission and follow God's vision for our congregation! 

Joining Our Church

Joining SMD is not a complicated process. A person may identify this as his or her local church home at any time. This can be done by simply calling the church office to set up a meeting with Pastor Gammello to communicate your desire. We believe that when a person accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior he or she is made a member of God's one and only Church.