Peace Chapel Assembly of God Church at Upton will celebrate its 65th anniversary on Sunday, April 15.
Activities will include morning worship, 10:30 a.m.; dinner, 12:30 p.m.; and history of the church and reception, 2-4:30 p.m.
The Rev. Don Miller, district superintendent of the Southern Missouri Assemblies of God, is the featured speaker during the morning worship service. The Rev. Miller, a Houston High School graduate, was recently elected to the executive position. A graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, he previously served for 25 years as pastor of the Ash Grove Assembly. He was raised attending Houston Assembly of God and began preaching at age 16. Throughout the years he and his wife, Vicki. have served in various roles in the Southern Missouri District.
Dinner will be provided by the church for all guests. During the afternoon services, participants are invited to share memories and pictures of the church history. Special singers are invited to participate in the afternoon service.
Peace Chapel Church was constructed during the fall and winter of 1946 under the leadership of the Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Campbell. The Rev. Campbell served as the pastor until his retirement in 2003.
The first service was on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1947. The church adopted the constitution and bylaws of the Assembly of God movement, Nov. 12, 1947. The name, Peace Chapel, was suggested by Mildred Ragain and adopted as a proper name for “a place where souls find peace with God.”
Through the years, additions of Sunday School rooms, nursery, fellowship hall and a parsonage were added to the property. The church completed an inside remodel in 1996.
Many of the current members are the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren of the church’s original members.
The Rev. Russell Kane is the current pastor of the church.