Where to Find Us:




3161 S 2275 Rd
Schell City, MO 64783

Phone: 417-432-3119



The Church of Israel is located in rural southwestern Missouri at the edge of the Ozark Plateau. These rolling hills still retain much of the raw appeal the pioneers once encountered when exploring this area centuries ago. The church grounds are located near the bank of the Osage River at the historic site of an early trading fort. We who have made our homes here find that the peaceful setting fits the family-focused lifestyle of the parishioners, and we revel in the God-given natural beauty of the surrounding rural countryside.


A newcomer might inquire as to how the Church of Israel came to be. What precisely is the Church of Israel? The answer to that question lies decades back, in 1941, when a small group of families ventured off into Colorado, and then Missouri, to form an independent Christian Church. These men and women felt the powerful urging of the Holy Spirit to return to the unfettered truth of God's Holy Word. They sought a quiet and serene location to worship God in the way the Spirit moved them, consistent with the dictates of Scripture. A simple way of life built upon Bible truth was established, and the beginnings of the Church of Israel took root here in Vernon County.


As time moved on, Pastor Jesse Cruse was ready to pass on his mantle as steward of the flock. The Church Board selected Daniel Gayman to take the reins of leadership and lead the small Flock of Christ here at Halley's Bluff. Pastor Gayman was then, and has continued to be, a devoted student of Bible truth and has dedicated his life to unselfishly serving God both here in Missouri and in meetings throughout our great Nation.


Locally, the Church of Israel has now grown into a sizeable congregation, necessitating the move into an expanded Sanctuary. Formal Worship services are held every Sabbath morning in this beautifully appointed House of God. The Church also conducts mid-week services on Wednesday evenings and hosts monthly New Moon gatherings.


The Church maintains facilities for the honoring of God's Holy Festivals, including several dormitory buildings that feature sleeping quarters, bathrooms, and kitchens, as well as an RV campground with hookups, and a central dining hall. Annual Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles are all celebrated here on the Church grounds. Visitors from across the nation and countries abroad find a hearty welcome when they arrive to keep the commanded Festivals of God.


Many outreach ministries contribute to the evangelical work of the Church of Israel. Every summer, the Church hosts a Bible Camp, providing youth with an opportunity to experience edifying Biblical truth mixed with a hearty dose of sporting competition and fun, wholesome activities. For our adult population, we maintain the Missionary and Literature  Room, our bookstore, which stocks nearly one thousand rare book titles, along with miscellaneous items of interest.  Additionally, the Church sponsors an Audio Ministry that sends out preselected, relevant sermons to families around the globe. Finally, daily prayer requests and counseling, the highest calling of any ministerial body, are an ever-present priority to which our ministers are devoted.



If you have any questions or just want to chat, contact us; we would love to hear from you!

05/26/2015 - Swing by our photo gallery to check out the pictures being added! Stay tuned for new arrivals!


05/22/2015 - For those of you who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the sequal to the scintillating The Sin of Miscegenation, the wait is over! The Sin of Miscegenation, Part II is now available, and can be found under Winter Watchman 2014. The III installment from this series will be shared in due time, so stay tuned!


05/20/2015 - New articles are being added! To view them, simply navigate to the drop-down list on the left side of the page, and there click "Articles from the Watchman", wherein our publications are listed chronologically.  Select "Winter 2014" to find all the most recent additions we have made for your edification!


12/25/2014 - TWO NEW COMMENTARIES by Pastor Dan Gayman added under December 2014 found on Pastor Gayman's weekly commentaries page. Racial Polarization Grows ever more apparent across America, and The Great American Titanic of Nations Continues to Sink.


12/03/2014 - The latest issue of our church Quarterly has been mailed out.  If you are interested in reading some articles from this issue - please click on "Articles from the Watchman Magazine" found above and to the left.  Then click on Fall 2014 Issue when you get there.  If you like what you read please contact us by mail to order the magazine, with many other interesting articles!


11/20/2014 - New comment by Pastor Dan Gayman found under the Pastor Gayman's weekly comments section for November 2014 - IT IS OFFICIAL - AMERICA IS NOW A THIRD WORLD NATION!


11/09/2014 - New comment by Pastor Gayman found under the Pastor Gayman's weekly comments section for November 2014 -"MID-TERM 2014 ELECTION - HAS GOD GIVEN A REPRIEVE TO AMERICA?"


10/30/2014 - Pastor Gayman has written two new books which are now available TEN DIVINE BOUNDARIES - The Foundation For Moral Law and THE WAR OF THE AGES.  Both can be found on our bookstore page with information on each!


09/03/2014 - A New Article By Pastor Dan Gayman called "Race Rioting In Ferguson, Missouri - A Perecusor To The Future" has been added under Pastor Gayman" Weekly Comments Section for September 2014









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