The 2014 school includes classes on auxiliaries, church business, Old Testament, doctrine, pastoral, Life of Christ, business, administration and ministries of the local church, the Pauline Epistles and personal ministry.
A message by Herman Ard of Cleveland marked the halfway point of the two-week school on Sunday. His subject was “Shew Me Now Thy Way,” taken from Exodus 33:13. — KJV. He spoke about Moses’ “receiving training and preparation in the desert.” The first-term class was in charge of the service.
Additionally, guest speakers for the evening services include Chris Clarkson — “Blessed Art Thou”; E. Roger Ammons — “He Opened His Mouth and Taught Them”; and Oscar Pimentel — “For Thy Name’s Sake, Lead Me.”
Others on the BTI staff include teachers: Betty Bishop, Paul Horton, Robert F. Strong, Freddie Crumley, Georgia Williams, Dustin Hays, Brian O’Dell, Robert J. Hawkins Jr., Kevin Werkheiser, Harvey Anders and Deborah Perkins, music instructor and choir director.
Jimmy and Georgia Williams are serving as deans; Vicki Smith and Lavonda Creech are office secretaries; Melvin Creech is over concessions; and Josie Foley is head cook. The school provides breakfast and lunch for the students.
Students from England expressed their delight in being able to attend Bible Training Institute at the weekend service. In her testimony, Chez Brown told about she came to be a part of The Church of God and was thankful for the privilege to come to the United States to attend the church school. She said when she completely “abandoned to God’s will,” God miraculously led her to where she is today and placed her where He could use her in His church.
Communion and feet-washing will be observed today in commemoration of the commandments Christ gave to His disciples at their last supper. Tennessee State Overseer and BTI principal, James Cox, will be in charge of the service, which begins at 7 p.m.
The commencement program on Saturday will be at 2 p.m. Dewayne Smith will bring the commencement address titled, “Now is the Time of the Vision,” using the Scripture taken from Habakkuk, 2:2, 3.
The next event for The Church of God to be held in Cleveland will be the Tennessee State Convention on July 18-20. The public is invited to attend.