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Church of God (Holiness), Lowry City, Mo. - Submitted by Mary Zeiler, June 2009

Submitted by Mary Zeiler, June 2009

Lowry City, Missouri

Partial History from Lowry City Centennial Book 1871-1971:

After moving into the Lowry City community in 1944 and having no Church of God (Holiness)
Church, the R.O. Scott family decided to start a church. Services were conducted in their home
in the Valley Center community until August 1944 when an evangelistic tent was pitched in a
vacant lot back of the Bunch Hardware, with Rev. Charles Mitchell as the Evangelist. After a
several week revival, the old South Methodist Church was purchased for $1000.
Clayton Bunch had purchased the building and had started to convert it into a dwelling house.
Extensive remodeling was required to make a suitable sanctuary.

A business meeting was called in which Rev. M.L. Smith, Appleton City, gave the opening
address and acted as chairman. Ed King was elected Secretary and Treasurer. R.O. Scott was
elected Pastor. Deacons were Elsie Broadhurst, Forest Bourland and Donovan Scott.
Trustees were Forest Bourland, Ed King and R.O. Scott.

Charter members were R.O., Hazel, Donovan, Robert, Ruth, Ruby, Noel,
Harold and David Scott, R.D. Bertha and Creighton McCarthy, Forest, Merle and
Ronnie Bourland, Mr. & Mrs. Ed King, Lille Matlock, Essie Broadhurst, Viola Boomershine and
Arlene Murray.

In 1958, it was decided to build a new church. One half block of land was purchased at
1st & Mahan from Palmer Crawford for $750. In September 1958, ground was broke and work
was begun. The head carpenter was Lester Reasoner, Overland Park, Kansas. Dedication was
April 19, 1959.

Submitted by Mary Zeiler