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Pastor's Greetings

As the pastor of East Sparta Church of God, I want to take this opportunity to welcome you and extend an invitation for you to get to know the ESCOG family. As I describe ESCOG to people, I use words like "community" and "family." We are a group of people committed to following Jesus. That means we worship Him with vigor and joy. Our hope is that all people will feel loved and welcomed at ESCOG. Once here, we pray that people will meet God and as a result of meeting God, give their lives to Jesus Christ.

From the minute you arrive, to the second you leave, we want you to feel at home. We hope that our friendly faces, fantastic worship, and refreshing atmosphere will allow you to enjoy your time here at East Sparta Church of God.

The best way to discover the heart of a church family is by spending time with its people. Once you do this, we're convinced that you will find everything that you're looking for and much much more. God is doing some very exciting things in the hearts and lives of the people who call East Sparta Church of God their church home.

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Pastor Charles & Lorie Dotson

As you explore our website, we hope that you will see a place that you can come, just as you are, and worship our loving Savior. We believe East Sparta Church of God truly is a place where you can belong. As interested as we are in you getting to know us, we are equally interested in learning about you. On behalf of our entire church family, we want you to know that we are dedicated to meeting the needs of people wherever they are in life. We encourage you to come and worship the Lord with us and receive the strength and guidance you need to make it through your week.

If you would like to request more information about East Sparta Church of God, please contact us.

"Where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." Matthew 18:20


Charles Dotson

Charles Dotson, Senior Pastor

Declaration of Faith

The Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. The Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.

We Believe:

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.

  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

  • That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.

  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.

  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

  • In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.

  • Holiness to be God's standard of living for His people.

  • In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.

  • In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

  • In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

  • Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.

  • In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.

  • In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.

  • In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.

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