Welcome to the Church of Israel!

About Us:

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.  Church of Israel parishioners have found that the peaceful setting fits the family-focused lifestyle, and revel in the God-given natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.


A newcomer might inquire as to how the Church of Israel came to be.  And 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 settled in a quiet, rural location fit to sustain a new community whose established intent  was 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 the objective of that early congregation, as the Church of Israel took root 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 congregation 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.


Additionally, the local congregation maintains a campground, the purpose of which is to facilitate visitors who gather for appointed Feast Days; this includes several dormitory buildings that feature sleeping quarters, bathrooms, and kitchens, as well as an RV campground with hookups, and a central dining hall.  The annual Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles are all celebrated on the Church grounds.  Festival keepers from across the nation and from countries abroad find a hearty welcome when they arrive to keep the commanded Festivals of God.


Every summer, the Church of Israel 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 mails 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!

An Appointed Law

A Chosen People

3/13/2018 - Take a moment from your busy day to check out this new piece written by our very own Pastor Dan Gayman as an excoriating response to the Parkland shooting.  He holds back nothing in diagnosing the root of the violent epidemic we face in our divided nation, and pleads for all who have ears to hear to act decisivly per his insightful warning.

2/09/2018 - Preparations for our annual Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread, March 30th-April 6th, are well under way here at COI! How will you celebrate this appointed festival of the LORD?  Join us!  Call or email today to reserve your housing. 


10/01/2017 - We here at COI are very excited to be able to host a celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, October 3rd through the 10th, for all Gospel of the Kingdom believers per Leviticus 23:33-36.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.


09/26/2017 - The season of High Holy days continues, with the Day of Atonement fast approaching!  This upcoming Thursday, September 28th, is the appointed day of fasting and prayer as found in Leviticus chapter 23, verses 26-28:

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.


09/17/2017 -

God's holy, specially anointed feast days are specifically enumerated as occasions He expects His believers to observe.  This upcoming Tuesday, September 19th, is one such day--the Feast of Trumpets.  Numbers 29:1--"And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you."

Leviticus 23:24--"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying,  In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation."

Join us in honor of the Day of Trumpets, Tuesday morning at 9:30. 


08/17/2017 - 

For those of our followers who have expressed an interest in accessing our sermons--breaking news!  Just this month we launched a brand new youtube channel featuring a variety of sermons by our own Pastor Dan Gayman, which you can listen to at your leisure by simply clicking here!  It is our hope that this new venue with a fresh selection of sermons will serve to both broaden our scope and also enhance your personal walk with Jesus Christ.






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Contact Us:

Church of Israel

3161 S. 2275 Rd.
Schell City, MO 64783

Email: coi@churchofisrael.org


Phone: 417-432-3119


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