History – The First Service

The news of the first-ever meeting of Church of the Covenant was noted in The News of Lynchburg, Virginia on Sunday morning, October 3, 1954. The copy says:

Newspaper Article

Church Of The Covenant

Dr. Douglas Horton, of New York City, well known churchman and leader in the ecumenical movement, will speak on “The Covenant of the Church” at 4 o’clock for the first service of pubic worship to be held at Lynchburg’s newest church, the Church of the Covenant.

The Rev. Beverly Cosby, who is active in the leadership of the Lynchburg Christian Fellowship, and interdenominational group which sponsors several youth and adult programs in the community, said the world wide Communion Sunday, which is today, has been chosen for the initial service of the group because of the ecumenical interest of the church.

The service will be held at 4415 Boonsboro Road, at the Lynchburg Christian Fellowship residence.

The Church of the Covenant will be related to the Congregational Christian denomination and Dr. Horton, executive secretary of the General Council will speak Sunday on “The Covenant of the Church.”

Dr. William T. Scott, superintendent of the Southern Convention of Congregational Christian Churches will preside at the service and will install the pastors.

The Rev. Mark Andes of South Boston will receive the church into the North Carolina and Virginia Conference.

Dr. W. Wesley Shrader, pastor of First Baptist Church, Lynchburg, will welcome the new church to the community.

After the service a fellowship period will be held at which refreshments will be served.

Dr. Horton is a member of the central committee of the World Council of Churches, is vice chairman of the Friends of the World Council, Inc., and vice chairman of the World Conference on Faith and Order. He was a leader in the First Assembly of the World Council of Churches at Amsterdam and in 1952 met with the Central Committee in Lucknow, India, in preparation for the Assembly of World Council of Churches at Evanston, Ill., last August.

He is an author, editor, and speaker. He was graduated from Princeton University as a Phi Beta Kappa, and continued his education at New College, Edinburgh, Scotland; Mansfield College, Oxford University, Eng., and the University of Tubingen, Germany. He trained for the ministry at Hartford Theological Seminary and holds honorary degrees from Lawrence College, the Chicago Theological Seminary and Princeton University and Marietta College.