What are we?

Who are we?


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 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 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.


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!

4/05/2017 - Here at the Church of Israel, we are officially counting down the days until the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread is upon us! With just five days to go, we all here are actively preparing to host our annual festival, observing it with a full week of services and activities. We will be featuring a myriad array of speakers and musicians.  If you are not already planning on attending but would like to, please contact us to learn how you too can celebrate the gift that is Christ's death, resurrection and His divine ascension! It all begins Sunday, April 9th, at 5:00 p.m. with Holy Communion and continues through the 16th. We hope that this endeavor will bring glory to the God of the Bible and allow us to truly honor His chosen Feast Days!

4/03/2016 - Thanks so much to all our faithful readers!  For those of you who have been awaiting a new piece from our Pastor Dan Gayman, the wait is now over.  His most recent article, simply titled Why? is sure to strike a nerve, as it pertains to critical current events and the state of our nation.  If your interest has been piqued, do not delay, click away.

3/23/2017 - Good news for all our Watchman readers who are not local to our continental United States--we are continuing to update our online collection of Articles from the Watchman.   Our Fall 2016 issue is now ready and available, and packed full of invaluble information, carefully selected for the benefit of our faithful followers.  You will fnd it  here.

02/01/2017 - Hello readers!  For those of you who are not currently on our mailing list, we have recently uploaded a sampling of the Summer 2016 issue of The Watchman Not only does this selection feature a new author, but also some scintillating topics that assuredly few have tackled.  Click here and check it out for yourself!  The Fall 2016 issue is soon to follow, so be sure to keep up and stay apprised.


01/19/2017 -  With the historic election now well behind us, our own Pastor Gayman has taken the time to analyze the results of this unforeseen, record-breaking victory of an outsider versus the elitist establishment.  "...The polarization of our country into “two nations” is reinforced when one examines the 2016 Election results."  This selection is a mere sampling of the flavor from the Pastor's newest piece.  You can find 2016 Presidential Election Analysis here,  Read through it and send us an email with your thoughts, questions, and comments at coi@churchofisrael.org.


12/11/2016 - We have been updating our site as we strive to continually provide new material for our faithful viewers.  To that end we have added new photos from our recent Feast of Tabernacles, which you will find here as well as a new article from our very own Pastor Dan titled The Living Church.  "Evangelical Christians and the shepherds leading them have been assuming that the Republican party would do for them what they should have been doing themselves--a crucial error in judgment with damaging repercussions."  You will find the complete article here.


11/13/2016 - The presidential election of 2016 is an epic upset, the likes of which are unprecedented.  The resultant fallout has set the world abuzz, as people from all walks weigh in; meanwhile our very own Pastor Dan Gayman has released an insightful, decisive new piece that covers all things Trump.  "God-fearing Christians, who rose up in unprecedented numbers to defeat "Killary", should interpret Donal Trump's victory as a temporary reprieve from America's heedless march to divine judgment.  The election of Barak Hussein Obama in 2008 and again in 2012 was self-inflicted judgment upon the Amrerican people for their increasing moral apathy.  Bad leaders are elected when good citizens do not vote.  Godless policies always follow the election of bad leaders."  Click here to read this scintillating article in its entirety! 


11/07/2016 - We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new interactive blog!  We will be posting regular conversation pieces with the purpose of encouraging intellectual discourse between people of like-minded faith.  Follow this link to find the post and get in on the action!  Our current topic: the imminent presidential election--to vote, or not to vote?


10/28/2016 - With less than two weeks to go now until the Presidential election tensions are running high as the 2016 race grinds closer to that inexorable hour.  Much can be said (and has been) regarding both primary candidates, Donald J. Trump and Hillary R. Clinton, but for a new perspective, turn to this electric piece written by our Pastor Dan Gayman: "At stake is everything you hold dear including the 2nd Amendment and the future security of Christian liberty, both of which are now firmly in the sights of progressive activists, who have thus far successfully conspired to change the countenance and very fabric of a once Christian nation.  This is a make or break moment in history!  Do not bury your head in the sands of passivism."   To read this piece and other content original to COI, click here.


10/13/2016 - It is with great sorrow that we must inform you of the passing of Charles A. Weisman, of Apple Valley, MN, on October the 8th, 2016, after a prolonged battle with cancer.  Charles was a well-known and celebrated author who dedicated his life to his ministry and to spreading the Kingdon Israel message.  He wrote extensively and established his works in the canon of Christian Identity literature with such books as "Anthology of Racial Issues", among many others.  Charles' writings are a living testament to his devotion to the truth of the Bible, and he will be greatly missed.  The internment of Charles Weisman will take place at the Church of Israel Cemetary on Friday, October 14th, at 2 p.m.


10/3/2016 - The political environment of the US is thick with tension. Societal upheaval has taken many forms, so that seemingly nothing is static, nothing is sacred. It was not always so.  The proliferation of chaos, of the erosion of a once great culture, is accelerating.  "...undeclared, unending trillion-dollar political wars fought in the name of foreign allegiances were at one time unknown.  Before the US policed the world, making warfare the primary product we export, American manufacturing drove the US economy."   This change, along with many others, betray an alarming trend that, if unaddressed, will lead to the ruination of America as we once knew it.  This latest piece from the pen of Pastor Dan Gayman titled "My Fellow Americans" is well-worth the consideration of all remaining God-fearing citizens of this nation. To read it, simply click here.


9/23/2016 - Dear readers, two weeks ago we learned of a devastating diagnosis that has struck a beloved Christian family. Nine-year-old Yohanna Klingenberg, the daughter of Martin and Andrea Klingenberg, has been diagnosed with advanced sarcoma and is in the battle for her life.  This news came as a great shock to everyone, as there seemingly was no advanced warning.  While her family struggles with a grim reality, friends of the Klingenbergs have set up a private bank account for those who wish to make a donation in their time of great need.  For those who would like to contribute, the account number is 069116, and the routing number is 091307851 at United Community Bank.  All donations and prayers are greatly appreciated. 



9/12/2016 - For all our voracious readers who have anticipated the latest release from our very own quarterly publication, The Watchman, good news: a new selection of original articles is now available to read at your leisure.   Simply click here to find our entire collection, including our most recent addition, Spring 2016.


8/29/2016 -

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."

What are your plans for this Thursday, September 1st? The Feast of Trumpets is upon on us, ready or not! At COI that means we will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. for a worship service, followed by a church-wide potluck. We hope you will join us!


8/15/2016 -

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."

We are officially one month away from our upcoming fall festival, the Feast of Tabernacles!  Join fellow Israelites of like mind and faith for a week packed with church services, sacraments, music, fellowship and food, all happening here, at the Church of Israel.  It all begins on September 15th, so mark your calendars and prepare for an edifying experience in celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!


6/6/2016 - Welcome to our webpage!  For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the newest sampling from our latest issue of The Watchman, your wait is over!  We have updated our collection of articles, and that includes several new, stellar additions, from our Watchman Winter 2016 issue.  To find them, simply navigate to the top of the home page and cilck on Articles in the Watchman, where you will find an extensive collection of insightful, original content. If you like what you read, and would like more of the same, you can sign up to receive quarterly issues of The Watchman free of charge by simply emailing us at coi@churchofisrael.org.


05/12/2016 - Good morning all! What are your plans for this weekend? Here at COI we will be celebrating the annual Feast of Pentecost, also known as the Feast of Weeks.


Deuteronomy 16:10: "And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:"


Exodus 12:14: "And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever."


Acts 2:1: "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place."


We pray that Jehovah will be honored by our efforts to keep His festival, and we hope that you will consider joining us, this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. God bless!


04/29/2016 - When at first you don't succeed, try, try again!  For those of who you dislike engaging in too much screen time, and for those who for some reason cannot be on our Watchman Outreach Ministries mailing list, we now offer a custom-made solution specifically for you.  We have enhanced our website experience for our viewers with a new feature that allows you to download select articles from The Watchman directly to your device. Not only does this new feature allow you to access primary information even when offline, but it also means you can print these articles and enjoy black and white hard copies at your own convenience.  You the viewer can now read and digest our original content anywhere, and at anytime.  Simply click on the Articles from the Watchman tab at the top of the home page, and from the resulting drop-down list, navigate to any of the articles published in 2015.  Through the power of the personal printer, these articles are now all literally at your fingertips, not just via the keyboard, but in real life as well! 


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Church of Israel

3161 S. 2275 Rd.
Schell City, MO 64783

Email: coi@churchofisrael.org


Phone: 417-432-3119



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