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Weeklong Revival Kicks off Fall Season
(August 28, 2015)

The parables of Jesus will be the focus of eight messages by Revivalist Ralph Ringer, former pastor of the Decherd Church.  The evening meetings, which begin Saturday, Sept, 5, at 7:00 in the Fellowship Hall, will continue nightly through the following Saturday.  The church is located at 200 North Diagonal St. in the heart of downtown.

"These illustrations can bring power to copy, joy in living, freedom from guilt, and hope for now the the future," exclaims Ringer.  "Indeed, they are parables that take us from just illustrations to salvation."

This is a Bible study geared for people of all faiths.  Join your neighbors from the Decherd,  Winchester, and surrounding communities.




Homecoming Weekends Set for Sept. 5 and 12, 2015
(August 28, 2015)

Former pastors Ralph Ringer (1983-1985) and Gil Floyd (2004-2008) will be returning to Decherd to celebrate the church's Fall Homecoming.  This year the festivities will include the first two weekends in September.  On Saturday, Sept. 5, Pastor Floyd will teach the adult Bible study at 10:00 a.m.  The Worship Service at 11:00 on both weekends will feautre Pastor Ringer, beginning with a message entitled "Open Heart Surgery."  Lunch will be provided both weekends.

The Decerd Church was established on December 10, 1981, when 20 people gathered to organize the "Winchester Branch of the Seventh-day Adventist Church" following an evangelistic series conducted by Pastor Ringer in Tullahoma.  One of the founding members is still part of the church family.


Georgia-Cumberland Academy Students Build Sister Church in Panama, Central America
(March 7, 2015

Spring Break 2015 will be a whole new experience for nearly 60 students from Georgia-Cumberland Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist co-educational high school in north Georgia.  The students and their adult sponsors will be in Panama to build a church, erect a second structure at another church campus, hold a medical clinic, and do a Vacation Bible School for local children.

What makes the trip special for the Decherd Church is that the entourage includes Gilberto Mercado, daughter Jocelyn, and classmate Jannai Arellano of Tullahoma.  The cost of the steel structure and roof for the Cerro Campana Church was provided by the Decherd Church.  Situated in the rural countryside outside Panama City, Panama, the Cerro Campana Church is one of four congregations in a district shepherded by a single pastor.  Decherd has designated the congregation as a "Sister Church."  For more information on Decherd's two international sister churches, see the respective tabs on this site.


Decherd's Global Influence to Reach into the Outback of Papua New Guinea
(January 22, 2015)

The Ama Church in the remote interior of Papua New Guinea (PNG) will have a direct link to the Decherd Church through missionaries David and Edie Hicks beginning this spring when the couple leaves the United States for the May River Region of Papua New Guinea.  Part of their monthly funding will be supplied by the Decherd Church.  The Hicks, employees of Adventist Frontier Missions (Michigan), have accepted a ten-year assignment, replacing John and Pam Lello.  John was killed in a tragic accident shortly after their arrival in PNG.  David Hick's isn't a stranger to Papua New Guinea, having served there as a student missionary from 1994-'96.  But this time he will be joined by his Brazilian-born wife, a registered nurse who will provide medical care to the indigenous people of the outback.

The Decherd Church has designated the Ama congregation as a "Sister Church."  For more information on the Ama Church, see the respective tab on this site.

Christmas Brunch, a Family Tradition, Returns December 20
(November 15, 2014, Decherd, TN)

Join us for Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 20!  This annual event, a tradition of the Decherd Church, gets underway at 10:00 with fresh fruits and seasonal sweet breads plus other mouth-watering breakfast items.  Be part of our family as we share in the blessings of the season and enjoy the lights and sounds of Christmas.  It is a perfect time to be reminded that Jesus is right now preparing to welcome us to His table where where we will celebrate Christmas for eternity!

Georgia-Cumblerland Academy Drama Team to Present December 6 Worship Service.
(November 15, 2014, Decherd, TN)

The highly-acclaimed Drama Team from Georgia-Cumberland Academy is coming to Decherd for the first time.  These students from a Seventh-day Adventist co-ed high school in Calhoun, GA, have presented their program in various churches throughout the Southeast.  Watch as they bring the Gospel to life in dramatic fashion, complete with costuming.  Doors open at 10:00.  There is no admission charge.

Don't Miss "Thunder in the Holy Land" DVD Bible Studies, Beginning Oct. 30

(October 17, 2014, Decherd, TN)

A visually stunning, all new DVD Bible study series is coming to the Decherd Church Fellowship Hall on Thursday evenings beginning October 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Filmed National Geographic style in high definition, it features Pastor Nelson Mercado as program host plus on-location reporters bringing you "live" segments from throughout the Middle East.

This casual interactive study is about a half hour long and will be followed by a small group discussion time and light refreshments.  It will be held every Thursday evening but adjusted as necessary during the Holiday Season.

Bring your Bible and come casual!


"His Way of Hope" Seminar Debuts Sept. 5 and Runs Through Oct. 10
(August 15, 2014, Decherd, TN)

Have you ever turned off the evening news and pondered what seems like a world completely out of control?  Whether it's global issues, family concerns, or difficulties only your heart understands, confidence and certainty can be yours even in the most difficult of times.  In this exciting seminar you will discover that the Bible provides the answers to life's most challenging questions.  Discover how you can find true hope and lasting stability in your life.



Pastor/Speaker Nelson Mercado has been a student of the gospel for more than 20 years.  His dynamic and down-to-earth style makes learning the Bible easy, fun, and logical.

This free seminar is presented in a relaxed "come as you are" atmosphere.  It all gets underway on Friday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. and continues through October 10 in the Fellowship Hall of the Decherd Seventh-day Adventist Church.  See our calendar for complete dates and topics.  "His Way of Hope" can be your own personal triumph over the unknown.


Decherd Church Launches Restoration and Renovation of Historic Sanctuary
(May 28, 2014, Decherd, TN)

The Decherd Church has launched a major renovation that will bring much-needed updates to the sanctuary building while retaining the quaint look of the historic church.

This summer’s first phase includes a new roof system including soffits and gutters, fixing structural deficiencies in the west wall, and repairing part of the flooring system.  One of the early surprises is that restorable hardwood floors have been uncovered by the removal of the outdated carpeting.

Interior modifications, also scheduled for this summer, include an updated foyer with two new accessible bathrooms to replace the existing small bathroom that enters directly from the sanctuary.  A new mechanical room for central heating and air conditioning will be created in a small classroom just off the platform, and an enlarged stage and possible relocation of the baptistery are also being considered.

Electrical and plumbing will need to be updated to handle the requirement of today’s electronic environment and freeze-resistant water lines will replace PVC pipes that ruptured during last winter’s severe cold.

The original exterior wood siding was covered by vinyl somewhere along the historical path.  Eventually it will be removed to evaluate the condition of the original materials, forcing another decision about the exterior look.  The historic window frames need restoration, the plastic panes to be replaced by glass.

The layout of the first building with its brick foundation was a simple rectangular box.  A subsequent addition created the platform area and baptismal tank plus two small side rooms.  A larger second addition was the old fellowship hall and basement, an area that does not meet today’s accessible standards for people with disabilities.  This second addition will be removed to make way for an eventual connecting wing between the sanctuary and the newer stand-alone fellowship hall built on the adjacent lot.

“There had been talk of tearing down the old building and just starting over,” explains Jay E. Prall, business administrator.  “After having a variety of construction professionals evaluate the building, all concurred that it was sound and tear-down would be a mistake.  The church family also felt that it had a stewardship responsibility to the community to preserve such an important piece of city history as long as it was financially viable.”

“This project isn’t about having a fancy facility for ourselves,” cautions Prall.  “Obviously we have a stewardship responsibility to maintain our building.  But our primary objective is to continue asking God to show us ways to effectively serve our community and create Kingdom results.  It’s not all about us and our wants.”

One of the ways that philosophy is playing out is in another construction project on which the church is simultaneously focused.  Not only are they saving for the renovation costs, they are setting aside extra funds to provide a Maranatha-built “One-day Church” for an international congregation that has no sanctuary.  The goal is to have that funding completed on the Sabbath that the congregation completes its own sanctuary renovation and reconstruction.  One-third of that dream is already tucked away in a savings account.


Videos of the seminar, previously recorded at our sister church in Murfreesboro, are available here.


"2014 ~ A Game-changing Year for the Decherd Church"
(January 2, 2014, Decherd, TN)

Building on the momentum from last year, the Decherd Church is poised to make significant 2014 impacts in its community, its world, and on its campus.

Loving the community and our world will include a summer Vacation Bible School, a Health Fair, continuing to save for the purchase of a pre-fabricated sanctuary for an international congregation that has none, supporting Jocelyn Mercado's mission trip to Tanzania, Africa, and other exciting initiatives.  To accomplish these local and international goals, the church will be partnering with First Seventh-day Adventist Church of Decherd, Franklin County Health Council, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and other organizations.

In September the congregation will be reaching into the community with a five-week series of evangelistic meetings by Pastor Nelson.  "It's not about increasing local membership," Mercado explains.  "It is about connecting people with God."

The congregation also plans to start the reconstruction of its historic sanctuary.  A new foundation, flooring, heating/cooling, roofing, and structural strengthening are in the talking stages.


Vocalist Jennifer LaMountain Concert Comes to Decherd
(February 23, 2013, Decherd, TN)


Since 1993, Jennifer LaMountain has sung in many of the major halls and stages of the world including the Crystal Cathedral, Manhattan Center, and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Her captivating voice is heard across the nation on Christian radio, and she has been a guest artist on numerous television networks.

Now she is coming to the Decherd Seventh-day Adventist Church as part of their "Gospel Concerts at The Historic Old Church" 2013 Concert Season.  The free concert begins at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2013.

Jennifer's Decherd concert will feature songs from her newest album, "Confessions: Hymns and Songs of Faith." Richly set within full orchestral arrangements, these hymns of the past and songs of today come alive. The melodies and timeless lyrics give us the opportunity, once again, to experience the faithfulness of God.

Limited seating. This is a free concert; an offering will be taken.


Decherd Retires Fellowship Hall Debt, Looks to Sanctuary Project and Expanded Campus
(July 22, 2012, Decherd, TN)

The Decherd Seventh-day Adventist Church has accomplished its Phase I milestone with the retirment of the Fellowship Hall construction debt.  The building hosts several classrooms, a kitchen, and banquet seating space.  It replaces a much smaller facility attached to the main sanctuary.

Next on the church's construction agenda is a decision regarding a total make-over of the current sanctuary or the construction of a new building in its place.  The building rests on the foundation of the first church in the city of Decherd.  The site has served various congregations in the intervening years.  But time and termites have taken their toil.

"Some would love to see the historic building preserved," acknowledges Jay Prall, church spokesperson.  "However, the foundation of the structure is crumbling and remedial work might be so extensive that it would be more cost effective to build a new and enlarged structure."


The congregation owns an adjacent parcel on N. Diagonal Street so it has ample room to stretch out and provide off-street parking.  Though specific plans for the new structure have not been drawn, the church family has set an informal deadline of beginning construction within the next five years.

Looking more long-term, the church is in the process of enlarging its campus.  Currently three of the six tax lots in the block are already owned by the congregation.  A fourth lot adjacent to the church on N. Diagonal Street across from the Decherd City Cemetary is in the process of being acquired.  A small house on the lot will be demolished.



Nelson Mercado Joins Pastoral Staff

(May 12, 2012, Decherd, TN)


The Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has announced the assignment of Pastor Nelson Mercado to the Decherd, Tullahoma, and Murfreesboro Seventh-day Adventist churches. A 2012 theology graduate of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN, he will serve as district pastor.

A native of Perth Amboy, NJ, Mercado spent much of his youth in Puerto Rico. In 1989 he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve and became a Hospital Corpsman. His medical career continued in civilian service when he was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the state of Pennsylvania. Joining the Philadelphia Fire Department In 1997 as a Firefighter he went on to become a Paramedic for the department. In 2008 Mercado left Pennsylvania to start his studies in Theology and fulfill a dream to become a pastor and evengelist.

The family includes Lucy, Nelson's high school sweetheart. Married in 1990, the couple has two children. Jean-Luc is a student at Antillean University in Puerto Rico, and Ariana is in middle school.



Pastor Jon Weigley Accepts Position in Washington State
(May16, 2012, Decherd, TN)

Eastern Washington will be the new home of Pastor Jon Weigley and his family.  The couple has accepted the invitation of the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to pastor the Upper Columbia Academy Church near Spokane.  Weigley will also teach Bible classes at the Christian high school.  For the Weigley family it is a return to the Northwest where Jon grew up.

Pastor Weigley came to the Decherd Church as pastor in 2008 after graduating from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.  His pastoral leadership has also included the Tullahoma and Murfreesboro congregations.  During his tenure the Decherd Church has grown to 51 members from 45.  This spring the congregation completed Phase I of its building project by retiring the construction debt on its Fellowship Hall.  A new sanctuary is the next step for the congregation.

On June 9 Weigley will preach his farewell sermon and be honored with a Saturday luncheon following the weekly Worship Service.

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