Pastor Nelson and Ruth came to the Columbus Bible Church as Pastor in February 1989. At the time the little old church building was located on Arlington Road, Columbus Township, Michigan. The building held about 75 people; the regular attendance numbered between 15 and 25 people on Sunday. Before coming to Columbus Bible Church Pastor Nelson was the song leader and a Bible teacher at Sparlingville Baptist Church.
Of course, we at Columbus Bible Church believe the church is the people who believe in Christ as their personal savior. The church building is certainly not the most important part of out faith. However, we have worked hard to have a facility where we can feel comfortable to come together for fellowship and worship.
Ever since the Columbus Bible Church congregation moved to the new facility on Palms Road in 2001, the little old church on Arlington Road remained vacant. It was located on property next to the parsonage where Pastor Nelson and Ruth lived. In 2008 some members approached the director of Goodells Park and asked if they would like to have the little church in the outdoor park that already housed an old fashioned local business building, a log cabin, a clapboard house, and a school house. The park sent representatives, historians, and an engineer to view the little church and determined it would be a good match for the park.
Columbus Bible Church removed and sold the fiberglass steeple that was placed on the church in 1995. At the October 2010, a meeting the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the disassembly of the building and reassembly of the building at the park. The site was prepared and the park authority hired the personnel to take the church apart and build it again.
The little old church was restored to its original design, with long windows and no pointed steeple, in 2011. It is located in the outdoor museum portion of Goodells Park.
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