Feeling the call of God to begin a church, Pastor Phillip Cooper and his wife Lovana moved to Vandalia from Troy in October of 1987.
Their first church was established in the garage of the house they purchased on Highway 54 with their first service conducted on the Sunday before Thanksgiving in 1987.
In 1992, the Cooper family moved their growing church to a storefront on the square. Later in 2003, they moved only a few yards away and converted the old Dollar General store into the beautiful building they are in today. They changed the previous church into a Fellowship Hall and Evangelist Quarters.
Pastor and Sister Cooper are pleased to have their daughters, as well as their children and grandchildren as part of the congregation.
In the last eight years, the Apostolic Pentecostal Church has given birth to 71 churches in Kenya, East Africa as well as one church in Veracruz, Mexico. Not only does the church have a daughter work in Veracruz, Mexico, but the pastor of that church was ordained while attending the church in Vandalia.
The Coopers, along with their congregation, will be celebrating their 26th Anniversary with an 11-day revival, conducted by Brother Juanez Wilson. The celebration begins with an all day church service beginning on Sunday, November 3 at 10 a.m. A free-to-all BBQ will be held after the first and second service on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities and attend the revival.