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 natural beauty our Pioneers once encountered when exploring this area. The church grounds are located near the bank of the Osage River at the historic site of an early trading fort. We find the peaceful country setting fits the friendly personality of the parishioners who live in the surrounding rural countryside.
Back in 1941, 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. A simple life on the land 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 style buildings with small sleeping rooms, an RV campground with hookups, and a cafeteria with dining area. 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 operate to support the evangelical work of the Church. The Missionary and Literature Room stocks nearly one thousand hard to find book titles, along with miscellaneous interesting items. There is a monthly Cassette - CD Tape Ministry that sends out selected timely sermons to families around the globe. Prayer requests and daily ministerial counseling keep the office busy all week long.
If you have any questions or just want to chat, contact us; we would love to hear from you!
07/15/2014 - A new article by Pastor Dan Gayman called "THERE IS A DIFFERENCE AND IT IS PROFOUND" can be found under the WHY THE CHURCH OF ISRAEL, THE WHO WHAT AND WHY OF THE CHURCH section. This is a MUST READ! Also, 2 new articles coming out with the Summer 2014 Issue of the Watchman have been added under the ARTICLES FROM THE WATCHMAN - SUMMER 2014 SECTION!
05/14/2014 - New article by Pastor Gayman, "Did Jesus Descend Into Hell?" , under Pastor Gayman's comments section, May 2014
03/12/2014 - New Comment by Pastor Gayman, "God, Scripture & Physical Intimacy", under Pastor Gayman's comments section, March 2014
02/26/2014 - Five articles from our Quarterly Magazine "The Watchman" have been added. Go to the 'Articles From the Watchman' tab, click on it - then choose the Watchman - Winter 2014 tab!
02/12/2014 - Two new articles by Pastor Dan Gayman have been added to the Pasator Gayman's Comments section of the website - February 2014
02/06/2014 - Corrected response by Gray Clark, minister; to Insurance Company refuses coverage - see update dated 01/08/2014
01/08/2014 - Insurance Company refuses coverage for the Church of Israel because of Biblical and doctrinal beliefs. See copy of Insurance company's letter to the church, and Pastor Dan Gayman's response letter under Pastor Gayman's weekly commentary section - January 2014