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The Church of Columbus
  • 2001 Double Churches Rd.
    Columbus, Georgia 31909
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Church History

Brief History of the Church of Columbus


 The Church of Columbus was founded by Rev. A.L. Sheppard, who was ordained in May 1948.  Born Alice Lavern Riles on May 26th, 1926.  Sis. Sheppard felt the call of God as a young child; however, she was uncertain of what the Lord wanted her to do for Him. She started her ministry at a “prayer cottage” meeting in 1948.  While she was praying and enjoying the Lord she felt lead to plunge her hands into a coal burning stove and pulled out two handfuls of hot coals.  She went to Sis. Joyce Riles and touched her face with the coals in her hands, neither of them receiving any burns.  However, when she walked over to throw the coals back into the stove, one of them grazed Sis. Joyce’s cheek and left a slight scar. This evidence was convincing testimony of the miracle that had occurred that night. Sis. Sheppard went on to prophesy that Sis. Joyce would receive the Holy Ghost during that same meeting, and this came to pass. The incident also confirmed that she was called to preach.  In 1952, she was asked to preach at The Full Gospel Church of God, a small church on 49th Street in Columbus, Georgia. During one of these services tonges and interpretation were given by members of the congregation which said: "I have chosen this place to call by my name". Later, the pastor of that church resigned and Sis. Sheppard was elected pastor in January 1953.  Sis. Sheppard's ministry in this little building was validated through many miracles and healings.

The congregation relocated to 3614 Norris Road where the men had built a new facility from the ground up.  In May 1974, construction was completed and many more souls were saved and lives changed by the miraculous, anointed ministry of Sis. Sheppard. Thirty three years after being elected pastor of the church, "Mother Sheppard", as she became affectionately known, retired . Her dedication and committment to the Work/Word of God was a powerful force in producing  dozens of men and women who received a call into the ministry. Those men and women are now pastoring churches around the world.

Her son, Pastor H.L. Sheppard accepted the pastorate in January 1986, leading the church into the 21st century. Through the powerful teaching and leadership of Pastor H.L. Sheppard, the church has grown from a Sunday morning attendance of sixty-one in 1985, to a consistent attendance of over 400 in 2013. From 1999-2006, the church held a Sunday afternoon evangelistic service, led by  Rev. Deawn Richards at Fort Benning, the nation's largest infantry training facility. During that time, over 2,800 soldiers were filled with the Holy Ghost and over 1,900 were baptized. These young men and women were in basic training and were immedicately sent to other military bases after only thirteen weeks. Few of them were ever able to join The Church. However The Church of Columbus does not reach out to the lost for its own benefit. We are in the business of winning souls because, that is our Father's business.

We are a church on the move! In 2003, the church moved into its newly constructed 36,000 square feet facility at 2001 Double Churches Rd. God is sending revival to the Columbus, Fort Benning, and Phenix City area. Our goal is to reach each of the 290,000 souls (with more on the way) in our community with the soul saving truth of Acts 2:38. The Church is thankful for the spirit of love and faithfulness exemplified by our dear Mother Sheppard and her son, our Pastor H.L. Sheppard.