Articles


A Tribute to Charles W. Conn

David G. Roebuck, Ph.D.

It is a common practice among historians to celebrate the birthdays of great figures from our past. Charles W. Conn would have been 89 today, and he is greatly missed by those of us who love the heritage of the Church of God and of Lee University. Last spring I was asked to give a tribute to Charles Conn and Cecil Knight at the “Landmarks of Faith”


Historical Figures - Real or Imaginary?

Susan Fletcher

Yesterday I took a day trip to Cades Cove , a lovely corner of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was my first time in the cove and on the way home I remarked that it is a historian/photographer/hiker’s paradise. This beautiful valley was once home to a thriving community of Tennessee pioneers in the nineteenth century.


Rescuing The Archives

Susan Fletcher

Today I am thinking about the flooding in the Midwest. This morning I listened to this podcast from NPR’s “All Things Considered” about the rescue efforts to save the special collections library at the University of Iowa. In the interview Nancy Baker, the director of the university’s libraries, talks about putting out a call for volunteers to save rare manuscripts, photographs, and film material from the flood waters.


June 4, in 2008 and 1906

Susan Fletcher

The spring that I wrote about in my last post has slipped away and now it is summer in earnest here in Cleveland. Three summer church camps have infiltrated the campus of Lee University. As I walked to work this morning in the warm air I passed groups of middle schoolers doing their morning devotions on the pedestrian mall. Summer camp workers were filling coolers with pint-sized water bottles,


Tennessee Spring, in 1906 and 2008

Susan A. Fletcher

Today is a spectacularly beautiful day here in Cleveland, Tennessee. Coming from the arid West, I am captivated by the lush green landscape of this part of Appalachia. I took a walk in the park yesterday and the scent of honeysuckle floated on the breeze. This is a good time of year to be in Tennessee.


Singing The Gospel

Dr. David G. Roebuck

Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away; To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.


Halcy Tomlinson’s Journal - part 1

Susan A. Fletcher

Halcy Olive Tomlinson was born on March 28, 1891 in Westfield, Indiana, the oldest child of Ambrose Jessup and Mary Jane Tomlinson. The family moved to Culberson, North Carolina in 1899 to become missionaries in Appalachia. By 1903 A.J. had joined a Holiness group at Camp Creek and became the leader of the movement soon to be known as the Church of God.


Charles W. Conn

Dr. David G. Roebuck

I have just returned from the funeral of a great man, Charles W. Conn. Like so many people, I first became aware of Dr. Conn in the pages of his books. My father attended Lee College when I was nine, and while Dr. Charles Conn was president. Lee College textbooks, including Like a Mighty Army, made their way into our home.


Really The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

Dr. David G. Roebuck

I am compiling this entry on the anniversary of A.J. Tomlinson receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1908. At the Church of God Intercessor’s Conference this weekend, General Oversee G. Dennis McGuire highlighted the significance of this event that occurred one hundred years ago. The inclusion of Church of God of Prophecy General Overseer Randy Howard was an important meaningful addition…


Fullfilling The Call

David G. Roebuck

Last week began and ended with profound opportunities for me to reflect on my journey and the calling that we have here at the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center. The week began on Monday, June 18, with the home-going celebration of Dr. Cecil B. Knight. It ended with a deeply moving retreat for Lee University faculty and staff to discuss our calling.


The Church Of God Historical Commission

David G. Roebuck

One of the opportunities we have at the Research Center is to support the work of the Church of God Historical Commission. I am a member of the Commission, Janie Hand currently serves as the secretary, and the Research Center is often called upon to provide routine office services for the work of the Commission.


A Typical Week?

David G. Roebuck

This past Saturday I joined other family members to help my brother-in-law’s family move into a new home that God has blessed them with. While taking a lunch break someone asked me what I do for a living. It is easy to talk about directing the Research Center and teaching at Lee University and the Theological Seminary. But that doesn’t do much to explain a typical week.


An Assembly Celebration

David G. Roebuck

This past Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, was the 101st anniversary of the First General Assembly. Each year the Church of God of Prophecy holds an anniversary service in the house where the original Assembly was held in Camp Creek, North Carolina.


Giving Thanks

Dr. David G. Roebuck

This week the staff of the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center met together and reflected on the blessings of this past year and our wishes and prayers for the New Year. It has certainly been a busy and blessed time, but there is much work yet to be done.


Celebrating Special Days

Dr. David G. Roebuck

Yesterday my son, William, and I attended Heritage Day at the Kinser Church of God just outside Cleveland, Tennessee. The church was founded in 1912 and has a rich history of community ministry and distinguished pastors such as F.J. Lee, E.J. Boehmer, and T.L. McClain.


About Our Ministries

Dr. David G. Roebuck

Last night I had the privilege of being introduced to the Church of God Administrative Bishops who are in town for a State/Regional Overseers Conference. All of the various ministries of the Church of God International Offices were reviewed, and our liaison Dr. Paul Walker included both the Dixon Research Center and the Church of God Historical Commission in his presentation.


Summer In Review

Dr. David G. Roebuck

There are many other summer events that I could report on. In June, our archivist, Susan Fletcher, and I attended the annual meeting of the Historical Society of Church of God Movements. This year the Society met at the headquarters of the Church of God (Mountain Assembly). Also in June, I was a guest speaker…


Welcome to the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center

Dr. David Roebuck

Welcome to the new website for the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center. The Center is grateful to the talented people at WinWorld for their help in creating our site. We welcome your comments and suggestions about the site.


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