The official opening of the 2011 Annual Assembly of The Church of God was announced by Stephen Smith, general overseer, on Tuesday evening at Ridgecrest Convention Center near Asheville, N.C.
Flag pledges and prayer led the first service which was attended by representatives from the United States and several countries. Gene Hopkins of Alabama preached the opening message followed by an hour of prayer. The program and sermons were built around the theme of the assembly, "... from glory to glory."
Delegates from the Cleveland area were on program Wednesday morning. Shanna Weekes, Spanish translator, and A.L. Harris of Tunnel Hill, GA, both spoke. Progress reports from North America and the Caribbean Islands were given by Robert F. Strong Sr., the general field representative.
Another local minister and pastor, E. Roger Ammons, directed the evangelism program on Saturday afternoon...