Affiliation: Blacksburg First Church of God is affiliated with the Church of God Reformation Movement, whose General Assembly meets annually in Anderson, Indiana. Some highlights of our beliefs are described below. Some summary information is provided by a Wikipedia article. To learn more about the beliefs and history of the Church of God click on the logo at right.
- The unity of all believers is a historic emphasis of the Church of God. All who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are members of His Church. Those who choose to worship with us regularly comprise our local congregation. (We have no formal membership list.)
- We look to Scripture as the inspired word of God. It is the one rule of faith and practice for the believer. We do not rely on any attempts to summarize or systematize God's Word into a creed, catechism or formal confession. We take Scripture itself (and Scripture alone) as our creed.
- We believe that by the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit the believers, collectively and individually, can practice holy, righteous living. While we do not claim to achieve this perfectly or completely, it is an active goal of our lives as Christians.
- We practice believer's baptism. This means that we baptize those who have put their faith in Christ. Through the ordinance of baptism the believer gives witness to the saving work of Christ in his/her life and membership in His Church.
- We share the Lord's Supper (communion) together once a month, and on special occasions express our dedication to serving each other through the ordinance of foot washing.
- We practice what is known as congregational polity, which means that the congregation itself answers directly to God, and is responsible for governing itself, including all legal, property and personnel issues, including calling its own pastoral staff. While we affiliate with the Church of God in Virginia and the Church of God Reformation Movement in general, and turn to them for guidance with ministries from time to time, the affiliation does not mean they have authority to appoint our pastoral staff or determine our curriculum or policies.
Our Pastor: David Ansley has been our pastor since 2007. He is a graduate of Anderson University in 2005 with a Master of Divinity. David is a graduate of Virginia Tech (MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, 1991). David worked in human resources for several years before being called to ministry. He has served previously as a Music Minister at a congregation in Indianapolis, and as the Interim Pastor at Grandview Church of the Brethren in Pendleton, IN and at Anderson Church of the Brethren in Anderson, IN. (Click on David's picture to send him an e-mail.)
Local History: 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 in 1958. Our current building at 110 E. Roanoke St. was built in 1902 by Blacksburg Presbyterian and sold to us in 1959. 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. (You can read more about the early history of Blacksburg churches here.)