A small group of people, hungry for a move of God, began meeting for prayer at the Cloverdale Farm in Newville. Soon this group rented a small building and planned services with Sister Margaret Hellman. The Church of God in Newville was birthed in that revival service with Sis. Hellman and in 1936 they organized as an official church. The Vine Street location still exists today and serves as the meeting place for the area Boy Scouts. The church began with 8 members, including the Rev. Edward Sullivan and his wife Elsie, who would serve the infant church as its first Pastors. The other six charter members were Paul and Loretta Reath, Oren and Elsie Shenk, Donald Shenk and Mary Shenk.

Some time passed when the owners of the building asked the young church to vacate the property. At that time, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burkholder opened up their home to the church to hold services. While there the church grew in membership to 29 persons.

When meeting at the Burkholder home was no longer adequate, the church then purchased the old soap factory on Broad Street in Newville, and converted the building to a sanctuary and parsonage for the Pastor. There the church continued to grow. In the late 50s, the church was able to purchase the current property on Mt. Rock Rd., and became known as Big Spring Heights Church of God, since it was now located in the Heights community of Newville.

In 1958, the church was able to begin worshiping in the new facility that was built by a young, 19 year old Pastor, the Rev. James Caldwell. A few years later, The Rev. Lloyd Bier purchased the home beside the church building to serve as a parsonage for the Pastors of the church for many years.


The Church of God was founded in 1886 upon the principles of Christ as they are revealed in the Bible, the Word of God. It has its foundation of faith and practice in the Scriptures and the vital experience of its constituents is scripturally oriented.


The Church of God is founded upon the principles of Protestantism, although it is not a traditional follower of any specific leader of the Protestant Reformation. The denomination stands firmly for justification by faith, the priesthood of believers, the authority of the Bible, religious freedom, and the separation of church and state. It stands against abuses and extravagance of ecclesiastical ritualism and dogmatism.


The Church of God subscribes to the following five foundational Christian doctrines:

  • The inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible
  • The virgin birth and complete deity of Jesus Christ
  • The atoning sacrifice of Christ’s death for the sins of the world
  • The literal resurrection of the body and Christ’s second coming in bodily form to the earth


Evangelical is the term used to describe those who affirm the primary doctrines revealed in the Scriptures. These doctrines include the inspiration and authority of the Word of God; the Trinity; the deity and virgin birth of Jesus Christ; salvation by faith in the atoning death of Christ; His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father; the ministry of the Holy Spirit; the second coming of Christ; and the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.


In 1896, many members of the Church of God experienced a spiritual outpouring they identified as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Because it was so similar to the experience of the early Christians on the day of Pentecost, it came to be called a Pentecostal experience, an enrichment of the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit that empowered believers to be effective witnesses of Christ. The principle distinctive of the Church of God as a Pentecostal organization is its belief in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance and that this is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.


The charismata (Gk.) or gifts of the Spirit appeared early in the life and ministry of the Church of God. The gifts can be divided into three categories: the gifts of revelation, the gifts of power and the gifts of utterance or inspiration. The gifts of revelation are the gifts of the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits. The gifts of power are faith, miracles, and gifts of healing. The gifts of utterance and inspiration are prophecy, tongues and interpretation. The Holy Spirit bestows these gifts and those who accept the validity of these gifts are called charismatic.


From its inception the Church of God has been a revival movement. Evangelism has been in the forefront of all its activities. The church has maintained an aggressive effort to take the message of Christ throughout the world by all means and methods. Every program of the church reflects an evangelistic attitude: revivalism, conferences, worship services, teaching, preaching and its missionary efforts.


The magnitude of the Great Commission requires a united effort. This united endeavor is efficiently served by guidance, support, resources and leadership from a common center. The Church of God is centrally organized. Centralized church government is administration from the international, state or territorial and local levels. It helps facilitate the fulfillment of the mission of the church.

The control of the Church of God rests with the laity and ministers, who jointly form a governing body called the General Assembly which meets biennially.

Church of God International Offices are located in Cleveland, TN. More information about the Church of God can be found by visiting the website linked here.

Declaration of Faith

We Believe

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
  • In one god eternally existent in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • 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.
Pastor Chris Faylor and his wife

Pastor Chris Faylor

Pastor Chris Faylor came to Big Spring Heights in Newville in October of 2014. Prior to that, Pastor Chris served and ministered in Manns Choice PA, Pittsburgh PA, Claysburg PA, Arcadia FL, Northwood OH, Gassaway WV and Rossville GA. Pastor Chris graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN in December of 2000, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry . Much of his ministry has been focused and dedicated to youth and children’s ministry prior to becoming a Lead Pastor. Pastor Chris is again serving on the Youth and Discipleship Board for the Pennsylvania Church of God and is actively involved in the Newville community, serving as Vice President of the Big Spring Inter-Church Council.

Chris married Sarah November 4, 2017. Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and works as a Hospice Social Worker. She is a kind listener who offers support, love and encouragement to the church and most importantly to her family.

No one is immune to the challenges of this life but the Pastor Chris chooses to live by Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” NKJV.

Although Pastor Chris loves to teach, preach and sing, he truly enjoys being with people! God has given him a simple cause: that he and the church are #ForNewville. For spiritual health and growth. For family strength and support. For community care and service!

Pastor Chris has 3 wonderful kids who also serve in ministry at Big Spring Heights. Caleb a guitarist and worship leader at the church and Hannah and Evan who serve in the church nursery and Kids church.

The Faylor’s also have two fur family members, Dash and Samson.

Chris is a BIG Michigan Wolverines football fan, enjoys playing fantasy football with friends and loves working in the yard and garden.

Pastor Chris invites YOU to come be a part of the wonderful faith family at Big Spring Heights Church of God.

Email: cfaylor@bigspringheights.org

Assistant Pastor Russ Negley

Assistant Pastor Russ Negley

Pastor Russ is originally from the Newville area. He is an alumni of Big Spring High School & Messiah College. Russ has served as a youth leader at Trinity United Methodist Church, South Fairview 1st Church of God, Shepherd's Gate Church of God, New Creation Brethren in Christ, New Hope Ministries and Big Spring Heights Church of God. Russ has also served on staff at Christ Community Church, Movement Outreach, and now Big Spring Heights as our Assistant Pastor. He is an evangelist with a passion and heart for the lost, disconnected and disenfranchised of our community and world. Pastor Russ also has a deep desire to see more collaborative ministry, locally, that grows our sense of community; connecting people to God.

In addition to his duties at the church, he works a full-time position with a non-profit organization that assists persons with disabilities and other barriers. Part of that mission is to help guide them to a place of independence and achieve their fullest potential through employment opportunities and helping them integrate more fully into their communities.

Pastor Russ is credentialed in the Church of God as an Ordained/Licensed Minister and is always top opportunities to preach and minister outside of Big Spring Heights. He can be contacted at Pastor_Russ @outlook.com

Youth Pastor Nathan Ross

I'm Nathan Ross. I'm 22 years old and love the Lord with all my heart. I served as a youth leader in the Assembly of God church for 4 years and grew to love youth ministry. I am currently enrolled in West Coast Bible College for a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry. I'm married to Rosi Ross and she also helps me in service with the youth here at Big Spring Heights Church of God.