Following David Cooper's appointment to another church, Living Faith Fellowship went through a period of transition under the leadership of Jim Burkett, the outcome of which led to the appointment of Mike Atkins, from Jackson Hole, WY, as Senior Pastor, in the summer of 1993.
Under the leadership of Mike Atkins, the church made a paradigm shift to a multicultural church with a focus on groups of people with common goals, common needs and common interests. The name of the church was then changed to Church of the Nations. With the changing of our name from Living Faith Fellowship to Church of the Nations, we changed our self-concept. We now see ourselves as:
"A church of all people. Not a white church.
Not a black church. Not a rich church. Not a poor church.
Not a church of ambition, but a church whose only ambition is to
pursue God, to advance the Kingdom and to build the church."
"A Church of the Nations is a church that rejoices in its diversity because it reflects the heart of her Lord - a heart for all people; a heart for all nations." (Church of the Nations, Atkins, p 31)
In August of 1998, Dr. Mel R. Holmes was appointed Senior Pastor after Mike Atkins was led to plant a church of similar vision in Jackson Hole, WY. Pastor Holmes continues to serve as Senior Pastor today. Under his leadership, we became officially affiliated with the Assemblies of God on January 18, 2004.
The story continues as we have expanded our facilities to include a new, spacious sanctuary and nursery/preschool complex. We are excited about all that God has for us in the future and invite you to come find your role in the continuing story of COTN.