In 1982, Bro. David Triplett felt the call of God upon his life to start a church in Clinton, TN. At the time, he and his wife were attending First Apostolic Church of Knoxville, Bro. Billy McCool, pastor. Bro. Triplett had served in many capacities at the Knoxville church. He served as Sunday School director, song leader, choir director, children’s choir director, Christian School teacher, and children’s church leader. Bro. Triplett served as an assistant minister to Bro.McCool when the Lord called him to pastor in Clinton. It was with the blessing of First Apostolic Church and Bro. McCool that a small group of people left to begin a daughter work in Clinton. First Apostolic Church had previously helped begin works in Harriman, LaFollette, and Maryville.
With the help of First Apostolic Church, property was purchased along Highway 61. After a period of dirt moving and site preparation, the concrete slab of the first building was poured on New Year’s Eve, 1982.
The first service of Eagle Bend Apostolic Church was held on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1983. The building was by no means finished. The walls were not painted, the floor was bare concrete, and the brick was missing on the outer walls. The glass front doors that were ordered had not arrived, so plywood doors opened to the first worship service. Sixteen people attended the first service, most of whom still attend the church today. (As a note: The plumbing was also not completed, so needless to say, services didn’t last long those first few weeks.)
The first building was a sanctuary with four classrooms and restrooms. In 1985, the educational wing was completed, and EBAC opened Eagle’s Nest Day Care, which operated for about two years. This complex of two building phases served the church until the spring of 1993 when the new sanctuary was completed. The present sanctuary seats approximately 300 people. The church was built on the “faith” principle, believing God to provide the funds through the saints of God. Today, the church enjoys beautiful facilities without a mortgage – to God be the glory!
Throughout the years, EBAC has been making an impact on the community as souls have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and have been baptized in the name of Jesus. One of the highlights in the history of EBAC a revival in 1985 when over 30 people received the gift of the Holy Ghost. We have seen many of our children who were raised in the church grow up to accept their call to preach or to work in ministries that give glory to God.
We have seen our share of miracles and answers to prayer. God has worked mightily to heal, deliver, and even restore life to the dead. We’ve seen the childless mother give birth after much prayer. We’ve seen the patient in the hospital go home well and restored after the doctor pronounced no hope. God has certainly shown Himself strong through the prayers, faith, and obedience of the church people.
Throughout the years, the Lord has blessed the outreach efforts of EBAC through Sunday School, choir, drama, witnessing, music, radio broadcasts, and a host of other ministries that have touched the people of Anderson County. EBAC has had an effect worldwide as we have been faithful givers to foreign mission works around the globe.
EBAC is affiliated with the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ, a oneness Pentecostal organization with headquarters in Memphis, TN.
As wonderful as this story is, it is merely a beginning. As the Bible says, we are now “looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith” to finish the story. We hope you will be a part of our history and our lives by joining us for service. We look forward to meeting you!