His wife, Alice, was asked to join him as the church honored them in the anniversary ceremony. They were married in 1969 and have three children, Dale Ammons, Terry Ammons and Angie Munoz, who is married to Lawrence Munoz, pastor of the Rossville, Ga., church.
Stephen Smith, The Church of God general overseer and State Overseer James Cox gave their congratulations and spoke of their history of working with Ammons in the church. In addition to his serving as pastor, Ammons is the general evangelism coordinator and travels in mission work. He has served as national overseer of Haiti, also, making some 30 trips to the area as well as several other countries.
One of his most memorable mission trips was to Congo in March 2011, when he was kidnapped, held at gunpoint and robbed. During the anniversary presentation, the account of his ordeal was read from the Cleveland Daily Banner and Ammons was given a necktie (with an eagle on it) to illustrate God’s deliverance of His people as recorded in Exodus 19:4 and Isaish 40:31.
Ammons was given two other neckties, one with musical notes, to show his love of music — he sings and plays a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar and his favorite, the saxophone — and the other recognizing his grandchildren with pictures of children and the Cross and the song “Jesus Loves Me.” During the presentation, a slide show was scrolled showing pictures from the time he was a baby to his recent work in the mission fields.
Ammons has served as pastor of The Church of God, Southside, since 2010. He was licensed as a minister in the Church of God of Prophecy in 1965 and ordained as bishop in 1981, and in The Church of God in 1993. He has served as evangelist, pastor, missionary, national overseer and state overseer during his 50 years of ministry.
After receiving an associate degree in religious education from the William Carter College in Goldsboro, N.C., and attending Tomlinson College, Ammons graduated magna cum laude from Lee College in 1969 with a bachelor of arts degree.
He attended Central Wesleyan College, Clemson University and Tri-County Technical College, all in South Carolina, and, in 1981, earned his master in arts degree in Bible from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. He was Bible teacher at Antioch Theological School of Ministry from 1981-1983 and served as adjunct instructor and intern at Tomlinson College in Cleveland from 1987-1989. During that time, he was graduate assistant, also, at the Church of God School of Theology, from which he holds a master of divinity degree.
At the end of the anniversary presentation, Ammons revealed his connection with 50-cent pieces, which no one had been aware of. He said when he and his wife were first married — at the beginning of his ministry and going to school — they ran into financial difficulties.
All the money he had was a small collection of half dollars, which he sold for $1 each. Now, 50 years later, who would have thought he would be given half dollars (50-cent pieces) to commemorate his golden anniversary in ministry.