140 Years of Jesus in Idaho Falls, 1882-2022


1882 - Jesus sent a 48-year old divorced woman with a 13-year old daughter to the bleak desert town of Eagle Rock to pray, share the gospel with every person in the community, organize and raise funds to build the first church building, organize and teach a Sunday school, start the first school and the first library, and work for justice and morality in the community. 

1883 - Jesus expanded His church in Idaho Falls through the organization of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church.  

1884 - Jesus provided a place for His people to meet through the completion of the first church building in Idaho Falls. 

1885 - Jesus continued to instruct the youth of the city through the opening of the Eagle Rock Academy, led by the pastor of First Baptist Church, who wrote to the people of Eagle Rock, “I have come to Eagle Rock to give my time, my talent and my energies to the advancement of the religious and educational interest of the town and county.” 

1886 - Jesus protected workers and Eagle Rock residents when a storm totally demolished the round-house of the Utah and Northern Railroad, which was the primary place of employment in the community at that time. 

1887 - Jesus provides a witness to the LDS community through a 344-page book published by an Idaho Falls pastor entitled, The Golden Bible or the Book of Mormon - Is It From God?

1888 - Jesus opened up access to the wonders of His creation in Yellowstone when a road from Eagle Rock to the Park was constructed.

1889 - Jesus used a Christian couple who would travel over 2,000 miles from New York to Eagle Rock for the future start of a new church plant. 

1890 - Our Idaho territory went from being a territory to an actual state within America; this process made polygamy illegal, and we were grateful in Eagle Rock for our culture to recognize Jesus' beautiful design and claim that marriage is between a man and a woman. 

1891 - On the same year that the community of Eagle Rock had its name changed to Idaho Falls to feature the life-giving water, Jesus birthed the beginning of First Presbyterian Church in the historic downtown area. 

1892 - Jesus opened the door for a young Idaho Falls Baptist pastor to preach at the First Ward meeting house in Rexburg. 

1893 - In the Economic Panic of 1893, Jesus reminded Idaho Falls that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God, and also reminded them to pray for all in authority, including government and business leaders.    

1894 - Jesus called a Presbyterian minister to Idaho Falls who had grown up in Letterkenny Township, Pennsylvania with the Eagle Rock and Idaho Falls pioneer W. W. Keefer.

1895 - Jesus brought pastors of all the churches in town, which at the time consisted of the Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal and Swedish Mission churches, together in a ceremony on September 9th to lay the cornerstone of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church.  

1896 - Jesus honored Christian women in their push for justice and opened up the way for them to cast together with men their political vote; men and women are one and equal in Christ. 

1898 - Jesus brought a number of Christian women together to start the Village Improvement Society.

1899 - Jesus added to His church in Idaho Falls when a small group of Swedes organized The Swedish Evangelical Mission.

1900 - Jesus enabled engineers to harness the movement of the Snake River and construct a hydroelectric power plant that would supply public power to the people of Idaho Falls.  

1902 - Jesus burdened a student missionary living in Squirrel, Idaho to begin an outreach in Idaho Falls and the surrounding area, which after several years led to the formation of what later became St. John Lutheran Church. 

1903 - Jesus added another living stone in His church in Idaho Falls when a Brethren Church was formed.  

1904 - Jesus used the women of the Village Improvement Society to purchase what is now Sportsman's Park and transform it from a red light district slum into a park.  

1907 - Jesus joined in matrimony a Nez Perce Indian man with a Lapwai Indian woman on October 23 at the Idaho Falls Presbyterian Church and they moved to Fort Hall to lead the Indian Mission.  

1909 - Jesus saved many Idaho Falls residents through nightly preaching in March and April at the Broadway Hall. 

1911 - Jesus strategically situates Idaho Falls as the center hub of future ministry in the newly established Bonneville County.  

1912 - Jesus led a Christian doctor to build the first hospital in Idaho Falls. 

1913 - Jesus moved on the hearts of His followers in Idaho Falls to respond to an appeal for help from the governors of Indiana and Ohio, states that experienced flooding that caused great destruction. 

1914 - Jesus called His people to gather together to worship Him and others to come to Him on March 29, 1914, designated "Church-Going Day," and the people of Idaho Falls responded.

1916 -  Following a week of prayer meetings held throughout the city the last week of December, 1915,  Jesus brought large crowds, some nights over a thousand people, throughout the month of January to meetings put on by the Taylor Evangelistic Company; at least 284 people responded to the invitation to receive Christ.    

1917 - Jesus stirred the hearts of Christians to pray as young soldiers were sent to the battlefield in World War I. 

1918 - Jesus ushered in joy and thanksgiving to the city before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as they heard the news of the first world war coming to an end.  

1919 - Jesus sent a young man who excelled in Idaho Falls schools and later worked for several years as a reporter for the predecessor to the Post Register, along with his young bride, to Persia, at which time military forces of five nations were fighting for control, to evangelize Nestorians, Armenians, Muslims, Jews and Zoroastrians. 

1921 - Jesus gave courage to a 28-year old out-of-work Navy veteran in a daring rescue of a man from the Snake River after his boat was swept over the spillway in town. 

1923 - Following the depression of 1920-21, Jesus brought a young Princeton Seminary graduate to Idaho Falls to build up a church that was deep in debt and whose membership had fallen from 366 to 155, and he stayed as their pastor for the next 36 years. 

1925 - Jesus created a hunger for righteousness in the city prior to a series of evangelistic meetings sponsored by an association of churches of Idaho Falls. 

1927 - In honor of Jesus' birth, churches and civic groups came together in December to coordinate meeting the needs of all in the community. 

1928 - Jesus displayed the unity of His body when the Women's Missionary Societies of the various churches in town formed United Church Women and began holding an annual Day of Prayer for World Missions. 

1929 - The apostle Paul would have loved how Jesus gave to Idaho Falls an airport so that God's people might now hop on planes to travel swiftly as heralds of the gospel.  

1930 - Jesus sent a husband and wife team to Idaho Falls to hold an evangelistic revival, which resulted in the formation of Bethel Whole Gospel Church. 

1931 - Jesus brought a Native American evangelist to lead a 2-week series of meetings at the First Baptist Church; one night attendance was so large that the meeting was moved to Trinity Methodist Church. 

1933 - Jesus took home a 73-year old black preacher, born a slave in Tennessee, who had served the Lord the last decade of his life in Idaho Falls leading the first black church here.  

1934 - In the year after the Great Depression, Jesus called for a spiritual awakening through a local pastor in Idaho Falls.

1935 - Jesus took home a pastor who had been born in Sweden, came to New Sweden in 1909 and pastored the Swedish Mission church in New Sweden for the next 20 years.

1936 - Jesus appointed the governor of Idaho (confirmed by the people of the state of Idaho in a statewide election) an Idaho Falls engineer, who had served on the Idaho Falls city council and had been mayor of Idaho Falls, and who was a staunch member of the Methodist Church. 

1940 - Jesus brought back a young pastor to Idaho Falls who had grown up on farms just north of town to pastor the Gospel Truth Tabernacle, which he did, there and in successor churches, for fifty years. 

1941 - Jesus brought a missionary who had served in India to Idaho Falls to teach high school students Biblical literature and Bible history. 

1942 - Jesus continued building His church in Idaho Falls when two congregations of Japanese, the Issei and the Nisei, worshipped at the facilities of Trinity Methodist Church. 

1943 - Jesus blessed Eastern Idaho with a record potato crop, which was used to bless the nation in a time of war.

1944 - Jesus brought His body together through the activities throughout the year of the Idaho Ministerial Association.

1945 - Jesus brought bittersweet celebration to believing and unbelieving families alike throughout the city on V-J Day.  

1949 - Jesus gave the vision and equipped those within the Atomic Energy Commission to open up the National Reactor Testing Station west of town.

1950 - Jesus called pastors of six Idaho Falls church to pray together daily for citywide revival for seven weeks. 

1951 - Consisting mainly of a group of Christians who withdrew their membership from First Baptist Church which was established almost 70 years prior in Idaho Falls, Jesus created a new congregation named Calvary Baptist Church in association with the Southern Baptist Convention.  

1953 - Jesus used a church in Idaho Falls, the church itself only started in 1951, to initiate missions in Pocatello, Soda Springs, Preston, Mountain Home, and Glenns Ferry.  

1954 - Jesus led a man to the city who pastored the beginnings of the black congregation, Community Church of God in Christ, and who also later ministered with Cornerstone Pentecostal Church.  

1955 - Jesus blessed a mother to give birth to a little baby boy in the city of Idaho Falls, who would become a Christian and grow up to be a key fighter for racial fairness, justice and equality in the community and region. 

1957 - Jesus inspired the city of Idaho Falls to transform the city dump into a park, which has been used (besides for recreational purposes) for worship services, community sunrise services on Easter, Christian concerts and prayer gatherings. 

1958 - Jesus opened the door for three Idaho Falls pastors to speak in the high school, junior high and an intermediate school on the World Day of Prayer.

1959 - While the Rock Creek Campground that was buried by the landslide caused by the Hebgen Lake Earthquake the night of August 17, 1959 is about 100 miles Idaho Falls, five of the 28 fatalities from the earthquake were an Idaho Falls family that was camping there. Though tragic for that family and their friends and relatives, in this event Jesus reminds us that at any time, without warning, "it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment."

1961 - Jesus gave courage to a nurse working for the National Reactor Testing Station to drive at night out to the Site to meet the ambulance carrying badly injured Jack Byrnes, then enter the ambulance and try to revive him, though his body was highly radioactive from doses received in the SL-1 accident.  

1962 - Jesus blessed engineers and construction workers to open Interstate 15 from Bassett north of Idaho Falls to Blackfoot, making travel efficient and unencumbered.  

1963 - Jesus sent an Idaho Falls pastor on a mission to Norway.  

1966 -  Jesus sent a missionary pastor who had served in Japan for 25 years, then the Omaha Indians in Nebraska and then pastored churches in Pennsylvania, Iowa and Michigan to pastor an Idaho Falls church. 

1970 - Jesus sent a pastor who had planted three churches in Colorado and Kansas to assume the pulpit of Hope Lutheran Church.

1971- Jesus transformed lives of young men, who had been addicted to drugs, in the Shiloh home of Idaho Falls, which was part of the Jesus movement network of Shiloh Youth Revival Centers. 

1972- Jesus brought a Vietnam War veteran, a marine for 20 years, to Idaho Falls to win souls for Christ, to serve as pastor in Idaho Falls for 36 years and to become a leader in the community. 

1973 - Jesus gave courage to one faithful couple to pioneer a new Christian school that would exist for almost 25 years in training hundreds upon hundreds of young people in Biblical values and academic excellence; while on the other side of the river, Jesus blessed and filled with the Spirit a couple to joyfully touch so many lives through the Sonshine Inn Coffee House Band. 

1974 - Jesus brought His people together for a day of prayer and fasting. 

1975 - Jesus provided the idea and means to a lady for the start of Agape Christian Bookstore that blessed Christian families for around two decades.  

1976 – Jesus sent a retired Lockheed aircraft inspector in California back to his childhood roots in Idaho and here he formed an evangelism team that visited hundreds of homes, sharing the gospel and discipling those who received Christ. 

1977 - The National Reactor Testing Station west of town becomes the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) and a business which would employ Christians from around the country, as well as bring people in need of Jesus' salvation to Idaho Falls to hear the gospel. 

1978 -  Jesus forgave a little first grade boy of his sins at a Christian school, called him to preach at Red Cliff Bible Camp, used him in city-wide evangelistic services in the late 90's, placed him as a gospel preacher for over a decade in Pocatello, and then took him home to heaven at Red Cliff Bible Camp in 2014.  

1981 - Jesus brought to the city, “Mister Gospel Guitar,” the first Contemporary Christian Music artist from out of state to sing here and as a nationally known evangelist to preach the gospel. 

1982 - Jesus joined a NYC bestselling author and Boston marathon runner in union to an Eastern Idaho farmer for a seemingly storybook marriage, and she published the story with the book, I Gave God Time; but later she writes of great trials, adoption blessings, and yet more trials to come while Jesus is faithful through it all.  

1983 - As this little girl trusted in Jesus to be her Savior In Idaho Falls, he then called her later to be an ambassador of Christ’s love in Rexburg where she has served for the past 20 years. 

1984  - While the Grand Teton Mall opens up with fanfare in town,  a book came out of Idaho Falls that shared the story of a man’s journey with Jesus and Mormonism and began to circulate all around the country. 

1985 - Jesus, the Bread of Life, provides food for the hungry in Idaho Falls through the Soup Kitchen.  

1987 - Jesus enabled Calvary Baptist Church to take on the sponsorship of a Hispanic mission that would also lay the foundation of a men's shelter and meal distribution center in downtown Idaho Falls for those who are hungry and homeless. 

1988 - Surrendered by a loving church family, Jesus called a young 18-year-old boy to preach his first Bible message which ended up being a catalyst for life-long ministry in Idaho Falls. 

1989 – Jesus nudged the hearts of some high school graduates in Idaho Falls to join their musical gifts and form a Christian band that would take the gospel of grace and forgiveness into the bars and night scenes all around the area over the span of several years. 

1990 - Jesus sent a young pastor to Idaho Falls to plant a church, and about six years later after it was well established sent him to law school.

1991 - In answer to many prayers, Jesus sent rain to break a severe drought in Eastern Idaho. 

1992 – Jesus gave a man who was born and grew up 8,600 miles away from Idaho Falls a heart for serving the underappreciated, and brought him to Idaho Falls to counsel troubled teens, found the Family Care Counseling Center, open his home to homeless men, foster dozens of children and serve as an interim pastor of several Idaho Falls churches. 

1993 – Jesus brought a former hard-partying cowboy whose life He had transformed to Idaho Falls to plant what became the fastest growing evangelical church in Idaho Falls for the next 25 years or so.  

1994 - Jesus brought 14 churches together and a speaker from Texas to hold a tent revival in Idaho Falls that focused on spiritual renewal, Christian unity and missions. 

1995 - Jesus began the Berean Baptist Church of Idaho Falls; also, Jesus led a woman who had worked for 13 years in street ministries in the inner city of Chicago to start a church in Idaho Falls that combines Catholic sacramental worship, evangelical preaching, Pentecostal power and Orthodox teaching.  

1996 – Jesus gathered his people for a “Jesus is Lord” Crusade at the Civic Center Auditorium for the purpose of renewing the church’s calling to worship, edify, and evangelize.  

1997 - Jesus gave a member of New Life Assembly of God a dream in which people of different backgrounds and churches were singing each others' songs of praise together and learning from one another. 

1998 - Jesus sent 600 Southern Baptists to Idaho Falls to go door to door sharing His gospel, prior to their annual conference in Salt Lake City.

1999 - Considering the earlier ministry of Mission Bautista and receiving encouragement from other local churches, Jesus made it clear to two men to begin a new men's homeless shelter in downtown Idaho Falls that would provide beds, showers, food, clothing, Bible study, prayer, and Christian accountability to men coming out of jail or off the streets. 

2000 - Jesus had prepared Idaho Falls, the nation and the world to enter into the year without the upheaval  and havoc predicted by many because of what was called the Y2K bug.

2001 - Jesus blessed a small handful of Christian believers by fully enabling them to pay cash every step of the way in buying a piece of property, building a 7,200 square foot church building, and celebrating God's miraculous provision with an open house and dedication service. 

2002 - Jesus stretched and blessed the faith of a small, handful of Christians to acquire a trailer park and operate it as “A Refuge Ministries” for the span of ten years—a place of housing, prayer, and ministry to those out in the margins. 

2004 - Jesus was present with an Idaho Falls pastor as he wrote his annual report, encouraging his church to welcome and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit (see additional information).

2005 - Jesus provided support and resources for pregnant women in Idaho Falls when the Shepherds Inn, a faith based pregnancy crisis center, moved here from Roberts. 

2006 - Jesus suddenly took home a member of His body in Idaho Falls who been a witness to His love and salvation to diverse segments of the city's population.

2008 - Jesus took home a servant who had blessed Idaho Falls with community service for more than 50 years. 

2009 - Jesus led an American man and his beautiful bride from India to what was to them an otherwise unknown location called Idaho Falls, and open up their home as a small home fellowship that would later became a satellite church within the Vineyard movement.  As the love for their new city has grown within their hearts, it has been their desire to share the light and love of Jesus to everyone they encounter, especially to those who may feel they have been left out in the darkness and let them know that they too are included. 

2010 - Jesus sent an Idaho Falls pastor to Pakistan to evangelize, pray and encourage the saints. 

2011 - Jesus gave an Idaho Falls pastor the desire to write a book called "Jesus in Idaho Falls," for a witness of His deeds in the past to the next generation, to express the unity of the body of Christ in the city and to cause His people in Idaho Falls to better know and rejoice in Him for the ways He has worked in the city and region.

2013 -  Jesus brought to Idaho Falls the music composer of the famous Christmas song, "Mary, Did You Know?"  He and a fellow musician sang in a rustic, lighted barn--a wonderful setting for the audience to contemplate the incarnation of Christ.

2014 - Jesus redeemed a young man who grew up in Eastern Idaho, blessed him as a prior camp director of Old Faithful Christian Ranch, and moved his young family to Idaho Falls where he currently preaches God's specific revelation every Sunday and displays God's general revelation through photography. 

2015 -  Jesus moved the heart of a young man to quit his day job, set up a new office, and began writing Christian literature full time at the beginning of the year, becoming one of the most prolific Christian writers in Idaho Falls history.

2016 -  Jesus enlarged the hearts of a Christian family with a wonderful business dream; and after extensive planning, prayer, and a blessing from their local pastor, this family opened up a downtown bagel shop that became a warm place for ministry groups to gather from all over the city, to discuss, to pray, to read, to study, to fellowship, and to listen to Jesus music. 

2017 - Jesus displayed the glory of His creation to the residents of Idaho Falls and visitors from out of town when they watched the total solar eclipse on August 21. 

2018 - Jesus instigated the beginnings of Providence Downtown Church. 

2019 - In building upon past evangelical ministerial associations, on the National Day of Prayer, Jesus birthed the new name, Eastern Idaho Pastors Coalition, among a group of pastors where the mission statement is as follows: “Connect pastors to one another and Eastern Idaho to Jesus.” 

2020 - In answer to much pray, Jesus restored an Idaho Falls pastor’s life and health after multiple open heart surgeries and 3 months in a coma, and also restored the voice of another Idaho Falls pastor who lost it after thyroid surgery, confirming His word to each of them that they had more work to do.  

2021 - Jesus expanded the church in Idaho Falls by starting four new churches: Westernsprings Cowboy Church, The Gathering, Reach Church of Idaho Falls and UR His Church; and also by sending a man to start Young Life in town.  

Additional Statements 

1884  - Jesus made His word available to the residents of Eagle Rock when a reading room was opened in the basement of the Baptist church and stocked with Bibles, books and magazines sent from the East. 

1890 - (#1) Jesus called a young farmer into the ministry; within six months of his baptism in an Eagle Rock church he was ordained in that same church and appointed as their pastor, and six years later Jesus sent him to pastor churches and minister in communities, both large and small, in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and finally Los Angeles, California.

1890 (#2) Jesus brought a young preacher from Ireland to Eagle Rock who initially held worship services above a saloon, but because of the rowdiness of  saloon patrons he convinced all the saloon owners in town to close their establishments during services; he then pastored the church he started for the next 5 years.

1899 Idaho Falls rejoiced and celebrated when Jesus brought home the volunteer soldiers who had fought in the Spanish American war the previous 14 months.

1903 - Jesus took home a 53-year old woman who had lived a life of good works, the last eleven in Idaho Falls. 

1909 - Jesus equipped His church for the work of evangelism in Eastern Idaho at a conference held in Idaho Falls.  

1916 (#1) - Jesus joined many new believers together in His church and displayed the unity of His body when their new chapel was dedicated. 

1916 (#2) - Jesus brought the residents of Idaho Falls together to celebrate His birth.  

1925 - Jesus provided funds to help support ten ministries in Idaho Falls when a local business turned over their management and sales positions to women from these ministries for 13 days, contributing a substantial percentage of total sales during this period to these groups. 

1928 - Jesus gave courage and strength to a 15-year old boy to rescue a 6-year old boy who fell in the river near the railroad bridge.

1927 - Jesus brought His people together to pray, rejoice and give thanks for His blessings on Thanksgiving Day.

1931 - Jesus healed a member of the newly formed Full Gospel Church. 

1941 - Jesus awakened the churches to prayer upon the reports of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war. 

1950 - Jesus answered prayer to save the life of an Idaho Falls metallurgical engineer who was in a tragic traffic accident. 

1951 - Jesus enlightened the understanding of scientists and utilized a nuclear reactor at the National Reactor Testing Station to produce useful nuclear energy for the first time in history.  

1954 - Jesus warned the people of Idaho Falls and the surrounding area to repent and put their faith in Him when a violent storm went through the area on July 15, dropping over an inch of rain in 15 minutes, flooding basements and downing trees, power lines and telephone poles.

1957 - Jesus added to His church when a second Missouri Synod Lutheran congregation begins meeting in Idaho Falls. 

1958 - Jesus sent a church planter and later evangelist and missionary to Idaho Falls to pastor the Assembly of God church.  

1963 -  Jesus united churches in Idaho Falls to hold the Eastern Idaho Crusade for Christ, starting with 10 nightly meetings at the O. E. Bell Jr. High Auditorium.

1966 - Jesus smiled upon the fun-loving, athletic high schoolers and all their families and friends in the first, competitive Emotion Bowl between Idaho Falls High School and Skyline High School. 

1973 -Jesus' compassion caused 24 Idaho Falls churches to form an organization that would be available 24 hours a day for emergency help of those in need. 

1975 - Jesus sent an Australian couple to Idaho Falls to plant a church;  the couple also ministered in more than 60 countries, bringing thousands of people to the Lord and planting many churches. 

1976 - Jesus used his church in Idaho Falls to show His love to many who suffered loss in the flooding from the Teton Dam collapse. 

1977- Jesus brings different parts of His body together in Idaho Falls for the third annual Idaho Charismatic Conference.

1985 - Jesus gives His word to the blind throughout the world by materials produced at the Lutheran Braille Workers' Center in Idaho Falls. 

1989 - Jesus sent a pastor to Idaho Falls who loved to share the gospel with everyone he met.

1991 - Jesus brought a man whom He had saved from a live of drug addition, gangs, violence and promiscuity to speak to the youth of Idaho Falls at school assemblies and at the Civic Auditorium; almost 200 youth responded to his altar call at the Civic. 

1992 - Jesus called His people to a season of repentance for personal, regional and national sins.

1993 (#1) - At dawn on September 15, Jesus brought 33 students of Skyline High School together at the flag pole to pray.  

1993 (#2) - Jesus gives His word to Idaho Falls when the entire Bible is read from the steps of the Bonneville County Courthouse. 

1994 (#1) - Jesus focused his love upon a small group of Koreans in Idaho Falls with the establishment of the Idaho Falls Korean Mission Church.  

1994 (#2) - Traveling from Idaho Falls, Jesus calls a man and his wife to minister to brothers and sisters in a small, historical church up in rural Dubois, Idaho. 

1995 - Jesus led an Idaho Falls pastor to bring three top recording artists to Idaho Falls for an evangelistic crusade.  

1996 - Jesus confirmed His calling of an Idaho Falls' woman to write Christian novels when a leading Christian publishing company gave her a contract for her first two books. 

1997 (#1) -  Jesus led two young men to start Freedom Ministries in Idaho Falls, a citywide youth outreach that focused on using music and the arts to reach and equip young people for Christ. 

1997 (#2) - Jesus brought parish nursing to Idaho Falls.

1997 (#3) - Jesus answered prayer of a small group of believers when churches of southern Idaho and western Wyoming started Old Faithful Christian Ranch in Island Park. 

1998 (#1) - Jesus sent a former INL manager and his wife to an Asian Country to teach English for two years and then after three and a half years back in the states obtaining theology and TESOL degrees, sent them back to that same country to evangelize and disciple young people. 

1998 (#2) - Jesus burdened a member of First Christian Church with the need for housing for low income senior residents, resulting in the construction of a 51-apartment building complex.

1999 - Jesus sent a fishermen to Idaho Falls to teach the body of Christ how to share the gospel with members of the LDS community.

2010 - Jesus used an INL employee to complete a 14-year initiative of removing from Kazakhstan enough material to make 775 nuclear weapons and to also create an all-volunteer organization named New Gospel Frontiers. 

2014 - In August a networking engineer and his wife were visiting cousins when on the last night of their stay God spoke to him saying, “Move here, Education, Dialogue!” Immediately he knew they were to move to Idaho Falls and talk about His Son. On September 11th of the following year they moved into their new home in Bonneville County and have not looked back since!

2015 - (#1) Jesus healed a young boy who could not walk and also a woman of epilepsy. 

2015 - (#2) Jesus was worshipped by a crowd of almost 2000 at Freeman Park, led by I Am They and Buster Brown

2016 - Jesus led an Idaho Falls pastor, a former police officer, to start a ministry called The Strong Blue Line Ministries to reach law enforcement officers with the gospel, and the following year to plant Cop Church in Idaho Falls. 

2017 (#1) - Jesus healed an Idaho Falls pastor of cancer, and during his treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Institute he met and had  conversations with an 18-year old girl who was also being treated for an aggressive cancer; Jesus used these conversations plus interactions with other individuals and children with special needs to start a ministry to children of limited abilities, veterans of war and their families called Champs Heart.

2017 (#2) - Jesus took home an Idaho Falls pastor surrounded by family singing songs of glory; this man was born in Idaho Falls, went to Idaho Falls schools, and the last 24 years of his life pastored the church he grew up in.

2019 - Jesus provided justice for an Idaho Falls man who spent 11 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit and also led the Idaho Falls police department to solve a 12-year old murder case and arrest the suspect. 

2021 - Jesus sent a young linguist from Idaho Falls to SE Asia to begin language learning that will lead to translating the Bible into a minority language in a closed country; Jesus sent a young lady first with a team from an Idaho Falls church on a summer mission project in Mexico and then on a long term mission in Eastern Europe; and late in the year Jesus sent an Idaho Falls pastor, his wife and daughter to El Salvador for a two-week mission trip to show His love to four ministries by providing means for these ministries to support themselves. 

Names, sources, & supplemental information 

1882: Rebecca Brown Mitchell; see section 5.3.1 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/jesus-church-called-and-sent and also https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/rebecca-mitchell-supplemental-mater Rebecca Mitchell arrived in Eagle Rock on June 6, 1882, and immediately got to work.  She held Sunday school on June 11, and her day school began June 12.  [While some sources give credit to Rebecca Mitchell for starting the first Sunday school, the Blackfoot Register of Oct. 22, 1881 reported that a Sunday school had been started in Eagle Rock in the home of Mr. J. C. Anderson.  A follow up report on Dec.17 notes that the weekly Sunday afternoon class is led by Miss Emma Muckly and has 39 scholars.] cmb

1883: Circuit riding preacher Francis Asbury Riggin was instrumental in the organization and early services of the Methodist church, as well as later securing subscriptions to fund its building.  See the Idaho Register April 24, 1886 & May 1 & 7, 1886.  Also see also “History of Trinity” by W. L. Shattuck, http://www.tumcif.org/history-at-trinity/history-of-trinity-by-w-l.html, that mentions that F. A. “Riggins,” superintendent of the Montana Methodist Mission, preached at the first official Methodist service in Eagle Rock in 1882, and in the sidebar documents that the church was initially organized in 1883. http://tumcif.org/history-at-trinity/cook-book/1890s.html has a list of the eight founding members of the church. See also Appendix 3 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/references-appendices, "Early Methodist Circuit Riding Preachers Who Came to Eagle Rock" and Idaho Falls Times, "History of Trinity M. E. Church, Dec. 12, 1895. cmb

1884: The First Baptist Church building was completed and was used by all Christian groups in Eagle Rock until additional church buildings were constructed. See Marlys Whitman, The First Baptist Church of Idaho Falls, May 31, 1946, a 3-page document which is in the files of the Idaho Falls Public Library. cmb

1884 [Additional statement] Rebecca Mitchells daughter, Bessie, had collected donations from Eagle Rock residents the previous year to pay for freight on a shipment of Bibles and other reading material that were supplied by friends of her mother. [From article "E. Idaho Enriched by Philanthropists," Post Register, July 31,2005, p. G4] cmb

1885: Rev. T. M. Stewart, quoted in “Eagle Rock Academy – A Card to the People of Eagle Rock and Vicinity,” published in the Idaho Register, August 22, 1885.  cmb

1886: See the report of the storm in the Idaho Register, May 22, 1886.  When the storm hit at 2:20 pm on May 19, 1886, there were 53 men working in the roundhouse and the only one injured was John McMillan whose ankle was sprained and slightly fractured.  The article reported, “Had it not been that every stall in the round-house was occupied by an engine, a terrible slaughter of men would have been the result.  As the circumstances were it is almost a miracle that all escaped so safely, for the heavy timbers came crashing down with sufficient force to demolish cabs, bells, whistles and hand-rails of the engines…”  Debris from the house of Mr. D. A. Taylor fell on his wife and two young children but they too escaped without injury.  cmb  

1887: Rev. M. T. Lamb, the first pastor of the Baptist Church of Eagle Rock, published "The Golden Bible..."; see The Golden Bible - Google Books.  In the preface Rev. Lamb writes, "Why this Book?  Two reasons. First, it is new. There is no other book like it in existence.  Second, it is needed.  The proof of this we will leave to the careful reader, and to the unfailing logic of results.  But the book strikes, it is believed, a deadly blow at the "tap root" of Mormonism - by undermining the foundation upon which the whole system is builded...." cmb

1888: "Eagle Rock Letter," Idaho News (Blackfoot newspaper), March 17, 1888, p. 1.  cmb

1889: Charles and Martha Ramsay - see https://www.fpcidahofalls.org/history/ etw

1890: The United States government became the sovereign over the Oregon Territory, which included all the land of present Idaho, through a treaty with Great Britain in 1846. Idaho Territory was established in 1863. Idaho held a Constitutional Convention on July 4, 1889, which was ratified in November 1889. President Benjamin Harrison signed this bill into law on July 3, 1890 granting Idaho statehood. The Idaho Admission bill can be read at https://codes.findlaw.com/id/idaho-admission-bill/id-const-idaho-admission-bill.html.  While there was political intrigue in Idaho becoming a state, Acts 17:26 implies the Lord has a hand in setting boundaries: He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.  etw/cmb

1890 [Additional statement #1] - see https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/henry-van-engelen, or for a very condensed version, 1892 below. cmb

1890 [Additional statement #2] - The same year that Reverend John Dawson came to the United States from his native Ireland, he came to Eagle Rock and started holding services in a room above a saloon. All the saloons at that time were open 7 days/week, 24 hours/day and their noise interfered with his services, so he convinced all the saloon owners to close during Sunday services.  When the cowboys and ranch hands objected and sought out the man who caused the saloons to close, he was happy to meet with them and talk to them, and invite them to come to his "Divine services."  In later years he used the Baptist and Methodist church buildings for services and also started a church in Blackfoot.  Leaving Idaho Falls in 1895, he went to Nevada, then Roseburg, Oregon and then had a long career as a pastor in Portland, from 1904 to 1937.  Portland honored him in 1921 by naming a city park after him for his advocacy for child welfare and civic improvements.  [Taken mostly from the Times Register, Aug. 13, 1928, ""Resident of 40 Years Ago Visits City Again;" the Post Register, July 3 & 7, 1940, the Oregonian, July 23, 1956 and the Oregon Journal, May 39, 1942.]  cmb

1891: This assembly began under the leadership of the Reverend Samuel Wishard - see Section 5.3.1 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/jesus-church-called-and-sent or https://www.fpcidahofalls.org/history/. etw

When Eagle Rock was renamed Idaho Falls in 1891 the official name of the city was, Idaho Falls, "The City of Destiny," and for many years The City of Destiny was commonly used as its name in The Idaho Falls Times.  While those responsible for the name change may have had various motives and purposes for the name change, "The City of Destiny" has eternal, spiritual overtones, as, for example, when a much later ministry in Idaho was named "New Destiny". cmb

1892: Rev. Henry Van Engelen, pastor of the Baptist Church in Idaho Falls, preached to the LDS in Rexburg on July 19, 1892 (from Idaho Falls Times, July 14, 1892, p. 5).  Henry Engelen, born as "Hendrick" in Michigan in 1868 to Dutch parents in a small Dutch community on the Michigan frontier, was baptized, licensed to preach, and ordained in the First Baptist Church in Eagle Rock within a span of six months in 1890.  Converted as a child, his parents encouraged his faith and study of Scripture. Married in Michigan in 1888, he brought his young bride and infant daughter to Eagle Rock.  After his ordination in the Baptist Church here, the Baptist Home Mission Society appointed him to became the church's pastor.  After serving for two years, he was granted leave to study at the University of Chicago Divinity School.  The united congregations of the Baptist and Presbyterian churches assembled to hear his farewell sermon.  Though initially intending to complete a three-year course of study, after a year he returned to Idaho Falls to pastor the Baptist church for another two and a half years.  A popular speaker, he was often invited to address civic groups and community celebrations, and travelled to St. Anthony, Rexburg and Jarnigan to hold services as well, often in school houses.  In 1896 he accepted a call to the First Baptist Church in Great Falls, Montana, but returned to Idaho after three and a half years to simultaneous pastor churches in Pocatello and Blackfoot.  His career also included periods of pastoring churches in Missoula, Coeur d'Alene, Payette, Hoquiam and Centralia, Washington, back to Missoula and finally the First Baptist Church in Los Angeles. He retired in the 1930's and lived much of the rest of his life in Twin Falls.  [Sources for the above include a bio accompanying an article, "The Great Epoch of History," which he wrote at the turn of the century, accessible at The American Baptist Pulpit at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century - Google Books, references citied in his FamilySearch profile, Henry Van Engelen (1868–1951) | Person | Family Tree | FamilySearch, and numerous articles in period Idaho, Montana and Washington newspapers.]   cmb

1893: The Economic Panic of 1893 began in early spring and lasted four years.  In Idaho Falls as well as the rest of the nation, businesses collapsed.  By September the price of grain dropped by more than 40%, the price of apples dropped to 2 cents per pound, potatoes to 1.75 cents per pound and eggs 10 cents per dozen.  cmb

1894: Samuel Boyd McClelland was called by the Presbyterian Church in Idaho Falls in the summer of 1894 to preach for one year, and a year later his call was extended indefinitely.  Rev. McClelland grew up on a farm in the same Pennsylvania community as William W. Keefer, who came to Eagle Rock in 1879 and as a contractor built the railroad shops, the first steel bridge, the dam below the Broadway Bridge that a previous contractor failed at and declared was impossible, numerous buildings on Broadway, the Riverside school and many homes in Idaho Falls.  Rev. McClelland was two years older than William.  He went to Western Theological Seminary in Michigan and was ordained in 1882 in Wooster, Ohio.  In his 32 years as a pastor, he served in 10 towns, most in the mid-west, plus Idaho Falls; Marshville, Oregon; and Boulder, Montana. He stayed the longest in Idaho Falls and Onslow, Iowa, six years in each.  Rarely sick, in 1914 on a single day he became sick and in his delirium spoke as if preaching a sermon to his congregation. After saying the benediction of II Corinthians 13:14, The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all, he died. cmb

1895: Idaho Falls Times, Sept. 5, 1895, Sept. 12, 1895 & Dec. 12, 1895. cmb

1896: https://history.idaho.gov/2020-suffrage-exhibit/ –  Rebecca Mitchell was a leading spokesperson for this women’s suffrage, https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/d/1009656441. etw

1898: The Village Improvement Society was the idea of Mrs. Kate Curley, an active member of the Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Curley wrote the constitution and was the first president of the V.I.S. [Idaho Falls Daily Post, March 8, 1931] cmb

1899: The Swedish Evangelical Mission Church was organized on March 10, 1899 and first met in a building on Western Avenue that had previously been an LDS church.  They initially shared a pastor with the Swedish Mission Society of New Sweden, west of Idaho Falls, which began meeting in 1895. cmb

1899 [Additional statement] The Idaho Falls Times of August 31, 1899 reported that 445 enlisted men and 28 officers had arrived in San Francisco and were headed home to Idaho after 14 months fighting in the Spanish American War. The welcoming program in Idaho Falls was listed in the article and included a parade of the Idaho Falls Band, followed by the returning volunteers, members of four civic groups, school children and finally citizens. The program then included an innovation, addresses to be given by 8 individuals, interspersed with 7 musical numbers. Rebecca Mitchell was listed for one address and also to present medals to the volunteers. The pastors from the Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches also were on the program to give addresses, showing a strong participation of church leaders in this civic event.  The Idaho Falls Times of October 5 reported on the event in an article entitled "Our Boys are Welcomed by Nearly the Entire People of the County." A "bowery" had been constructed to seat "several thousand people" and the article reported it was the largest crowd ever to assemble in Idaho Falls.  While neither article specifically stated the number of volunteers from Idaho Falls who fought in the war, the October 5th article included names of 8 volunteers who were at the reception and 8 others who enlisted in Idaho Falls but did not return. During the program free lunches were given out, and after the program a baseball game was played between Idaho Falls and Lewisville, Idaho Falls winning by a score of 31 to 10. cmb

1900: In Scripture water at times symbolizes life, and the life of God's Spirit.  Idaho Falls owes its early existence to the water of the Snake River, that once channeled into irrigation ditches, provided the means for settlers to produce food for themselves and for market.  Addition of the power plant in Idaho Falls adds to this analogy, that Jesus is not only gives living water to whoever comes to Him but also gives His Spirit that empowers believers to be His witnesses.  A brief account of the hydro plant can be read at https://sfcompanion.blogspot.com/2019/10/idaho-falls-gets-hydropower-william.html. etw

1902: According to St. John Lutheran Church's history in a booklet published in their 100th anniversary (2013) and the Post Register 50th Anniversary edition of Sept. 10, 1934, a student missionary, Frederick A. C. Meyer, organized churches in 1902 and 1903 in Squirrel, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls and preached in other places in SE Idaho.  Several issues of the Idaho Falls Times [Sept 7 & 21, 1909, Nov 9, 1909, July 19, 1910 and others] document that Edwin Paul Beyer, was installed as pastor in September, 1909, soon after his ordination in Milwaukee, of what was known then as the Idaho Falls German Lutheran Church [also called the Evangelical Lutheran Church] and later became St. John Lutheran Church. See also https://archive.org/details/historyofuplands00garr/page/6/mode/2up which documents Rev. Fredrick A. C. Meyer's work in Squirrel, Idaho, arriving there at age 21. cmb

1903: From The Brethren Along the Snake River by Roger E. Sappington, 1966. and the Idaho Falls Times, September 4, 1903. Rev. O. W. Leavell came to Idaho Falls for the purpose of starting the assembly. They initially met in the Swedish Mission Church but built their own building in 1905. The congregation grew for several years but then saw a decline, and in 1911, according to the Idaho Falls Times of March 14, 1911,  most of them moved to Lost River to start a church there.  A few remained in Idaho Falls until 1920 when their church building was sold. cmb

1903 [Additional statement] A tribute to Mrs. Kate Curley hangs in the entryway of the Idaho Falls public library.  Born in New York in 1850, she  moved to Iowa to teach, including two years at a Methodist college, Simpson College.  Married in 1886, she and her husband moved to Idaho Falls in 1892. She founded and led the Village Improvement Society, which literally cleaned up the town, supplying garbage receptacles, planting trees and establishing parks.  Mrs. Curley was a frequent contributor to a national weekly journal, "The Christian at Work."  Included in her obituary is the following: "Although a member and an active worker in the Presbyterian Church, the same breadth and generosity characterized her religious faith and her utter freedom from fanaticism made her equally dear to those of all sects, and established confidence in all who know her." [From the Idaho Falls Times, December 18, 1903, p. 3] cmb

1904: Bonneville County Historical Society, "The History of Sportsman Park," published in the Post Register October 25, 2016.  In the 1890's and early 1900's, the whole area around the site of Taylor's Bridge, including what is now Sportsman's Park was a red light district.  The women of the Village Improvement Society purchased this property - the island and land on both sides of the river- and evicted "the ladies of the night." The Idaho Falls Times of May 20, 1904, p. 4 reported, "The removal of the disreputable houses from the island and the establishment there of a park is an achievement of which the Village Improvement Society may well be proud...This act of transforming a place of dishonorable resort for the few into an open park where men, women and children may enjoy their leisure is surely one looking to the betterment of local conditions." cmb

1907: Rev. James G. Dixon, a Nez Perce Indian, married Ethyl Corbet, a Lapwei Indian, who travelled from Butte, MT to Idaho Falls by train the day of the wedding. Although the Idaho Falls Times announcement of the wedding reported that Rev. Dixon was in charge of the mission at Fork Hall, the turnover of leadership from Mrs. A. J. Frost to Rev. Dixon probably took place about a year later, based on a report in the Idaho Republican (Blackfoot), Dec. 18, 1908. cmb

1909: Based on articles in the Idaho Falls Times of March 23 and March 30, 1909, "Union Revival" meetings were held at the Broadway Hall every night of the week except Saturdays for extended periods in March and April and also at other times in various churches. "Rev. Jones is not by any means a sensational evangelist but rather relies simply upon the power of the old time religion and upon the power of the simple gospel.  And that gospel is saving in these meetings as it always has...These meetings are proving of the greatest interest and bid fair to become the greatest movement for righteousness the city has ever seen." cmb

1909 [Additional statement] The Idaho Falls Times of April 13, 1909 reported that the Eastern Idaho Evangelistic Conference "bears the unique distinction of being the only one of the kind ever held in Eastern Idaho...bringing together the different denominations..." to focus on the work of evangelism.  Topics included: "The Soul Winner - What Must He Be?  What Must He Know?  What Must He Do?", "Child Evangelism - Can Children Be Converted? - Means and Methods of Child Evangelism", "The Evangelist's Mean - the Bible in Personal Work, Casting the Net" and many others given by local, regional and invited pastors, professors and speakers. cmb

1911: See article "Now Bonneville County" in the Idaho Falls Times, February 7, 1911, the day that the Governor of Idaho signed the bill carving out Bonneville County from Bingham.  A last minute change to the bill changed the name of the new country from Snake River to Bonneville. Captain Benjamin Bonneville was born in France, and at a young age came to live with his mother and brothers on the Thomas Paine farm in New York. He graduated from West Point Academy in 1815, but in 1832 took a leave of absence to study native American culture and trade with Pacific Northwest tribes. He published The Adventures of Benjamin Bonneville in 1837. etw/cmb

1912: The first hospital in Idaho Falls was known as the Fuller Hospital, and was started by Dr. S. S. Fuller, a member of the Idaho Falls Methodist Church.  Dr. Fuller's home at 101 Placer Avenue had served as the town's hospital since 1910; Dr. Fuller had moved to Idaho Falls from Kansas in 1907.  [From p. 109 & 135 of  Mary Jane Fritzen's Idaho Falls, City of Destiny and various issues of the Idaho Falls Times, 1906-1922] [Note: several sources state that the Fuller Hospital was the first hospital in Idaho Falls and this is correct in the sense that a direct path can be traced from it to a current hospital in Idaho Falls.  An earlier hospital was established by a group of businessmen in 1906 which closed in 1910. (Idaho Falls Post, March 8, 1932, p. 4)] cmb

1913: From the Idaho Falls Times, April 1, 1913. Floods in these two states caused an estimated $98 million dollars of damage, equivalent to $2.6 billion in 2021 dollars.  Churches raised and sent donations and also food for relief of those affected. cmb

1914: From the Idaho Register, March 3, 1914: "City to Have "Church Day” - Sunday, March 29th, has been named and set as Church-Going Day for Idaho Falls, and everyone will be asked and urged to attend at least once on that day…Church Day has proven a success in practically every city in the United States from coast to coast, and on that day hundreds of people who ordinarily do not attend any church service attend, and in hundreds of cases continued the attendance….While Idaho Falls may be a little late in getting in line, it is hoped to make up the difference by an unusual interest….At a meeting of the Women’s Missionary Union of Idaho Falls, composed of the membership of all the churches of the city, it was decided to set the day named….

And here’s the report of what happened on Church Day, according to an article in the Idaho Register, March 31, 1914: "Church Day a Success – All Churches of the City Experience Large Attendance" -Church-Going Day in Idaho Falls met with the success here with which it has been met the country over where the attempt has been made, and every church in the city experienced the largest attendance outside of some special occasion in the history of the city. In several instances it was found necessary to make special provision in order to accommodate those who wished to attend, the seating capacity being taxed beyond the limit.  At all churches, a special musical program was made a feature and this part of the service was greatly enjoyed. Church-Going Day has become a spontaneous national movement the country over, and wherever it has been tried has been successful.  Those in charge of the churches and religious organizations of the city feel particularly gratified at the response. cmb

1916: Dr. G. W. Taylor of Los Angles led meetings which were held every night during the month of January in a building on Elm Street between the Methodist Church and what is now the Museum of Idaho, a temporary building that sat 1,100 people and was erected by volunteers in a single day, December 29, 1915. Organized by a committee from several Idaho Falls churches, the meetings were so popular that they were extended an extra day. See articles in the Idaho Register, Dec. 10, 21 & 24, 1915 and Jan. 4, 7, 11, 21 & 28, 1916. cmb

1916 [Additional statement #1] One result of the Taylor evangelist crusade was the formation of First Christian Church, which started with over one hundred members.  On February 20, 1916, they dedicated a new chapel on the corner of Boulevard and Birch Avenue.  That day they held 3 morning services and then shared a meal together that was attended by about 200 people. In the afternoon messages were delivered by four pastors, included those from the Idaho Falls Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, and the Pocatello Christian Church.  The Idaho Falls Times reported that the building was crowded to capacity for all morning and afternoon services. When an invitation to receive Christ was given in the evening service, six people responded to the gospel. Offerings given that day were more than adequate to pay for all costs associated with constructing the new building. [Mostly from the Idaho Falls Times, February 24, 1916, p. 1] cmb

1916 [Additional statement #2] The Idaho Falls Times of Dec 28, 1916 reported:  "It was a joyous crowd which gathered around the Community Christmas tree Monday night at the intersection of Broadway and Park.  The city electrical department had arranged a brilliant and beautiful display of lights and Mayor Edgington had taken the precaution to have the snow for considerable distance removed and a platform erected. The occasion was enjoyed by hundreds and there were more than a hundred voices in the chorus which sang Christmas carols…The invocation was delivered by Rev. Jewell of the Baptist church and the address of the occasion by Rev. Chample of the Christian church….Catching the inspiration of the occasion (the entire crowd) took up the songs that never seem to grow old.  And as they sang, softly the snowflakes drifted down as a gentle gift from Heaven…"  cmb

1917: From the Idaho Falls Times, November 1, 1917, "Sunday Devoted to Prayer" - In response to the request of President Wilson that all the churches of the nation devote a portion of their services Sunday, the 28th, to prayer for the success of American arms, all the churches of Idaho Falls complied with the request with the exception of the Catholic Church..." etw

1918: Idaho Falls Times, November 14, 1918, Article entitled, "Armistice Signed by Huns - Cessation of Hostilities Occurred Early Monday on all Fronts - World Celebrates Victory of Fighting Allied Armies."  Idaho Falls churches (the "Union") held a service on July 24, 1918 to give thanks for the Allied success in the war.  Leaders of the services included O. A. Johannesen, Father N. C. Hoff, Rev. F. L. Wemett and Rev. W. E. Pettibone. [Times-Register, July 24, 1928, "Ten Years Ago"] etw

1919: J. Christy Wilson Sr. served as a missionary in Persia for 20 years, and his son, J. Christy Wilson Jr. pioneered Christian missions in Afghanistan. See more of his story and references in Section 6.3.1, https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/jesus-church-called-and-sent. cmb

1921: On May 2, two men were rowing a small boat in the still water of Snake River opposite D Street when an oar lock broke and they were swept over the spillway. One of the men was able to catch onto flashboards on top of the cement wall of the spillway and held on until rescued. The other, Jack Holmes, was swept with the boat to the brink of the canyon and climbed onto a nearly submerged rock. Robert Leslie Arnold tied a rope around his waist and was lowered over the retaining wall or spillway, part of the city lower power plant, over which the water was rushing in torrents.  Arnold reached a rock about 20 feet from the stranded Holmes and threw him a rope. Holmes had to leap into the current to get the rope. Arnold tugged on the rope for what the report said was so long that Holmes' life was in doubt, but finally got him to his rock and half-carried him to the spillway and then lifted him into a waiting boat. [From Times-Register, May 3, 1921, p. 6.  A report in the same paper of May 11 differs in a few  details of the rescue, including which of the two men in the boat became stranded and reporting that Arnold swam to the stranded man rather than threw him a rope. Both reports note that Arnold's rescue was after numerous other failed attempts by others.] cmb

1923: Dr. Joseph Gulick wrote in his autobiography, "This was to be the story of our years of ministry in Idaho Falls – through daily prayer attempting to secure God’s guidance, and in every crisis, going into the sanctuary at night, lifting our eyes to the beautiful dome above and beseeching God for help!”  For more of his story see section 6.1.2 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/jesus-church-called-and-sent. cmb

1925: Revival services were held throughout the month of March, sponsored by the Idaho Falls Union, an association of churches, and led by Rev. and Mrs. Elmer P. Loose.  The Times-Register of March 20, 1925 reported that "nearly 200 had come forward to own Christ."  The March 3rd Times-Register commented “…our city needs a season of prayer and spiritual uplift and seeking after the things that pertain to God and righteousness.”  The Times-Register of March 6th reported good crowds with the church auditorium nearly filled. cmb

1925 [Additional statement] A discount clothing store called The Golden Rule opened in Idaho Falls on August 30, 1902 [Idaho Falls Times, August 21, 1902], and stayed in business for 25 years [Times-Register, February 8, 1927]. Stores with the same name opened in Rigby, Saint Anthony, Ashton, Blackfoot and dozens of other cities in Idaho during this same time period, as well as many towns in other states as well.  While I found a few references to The Golden Rule stores as early as 1869 (Juliet, Iowa); 1872 (Milford, Delaware) and 1874 (Woodsfield, Ohio), judging by the number of references, Idaho had the most stores in the nation and Idaho Falls newspapers had several times more ads for The Golden Rule store than newspapers from any other town in the state. Starting in 1923, the store in Idaho Falls handed over their entire operation to women from church societies for a period of about two weeks.  From  the Times-Register of March 27, 1925: "The new management and sales force take hold Saturday, March 28th, for thirteen days.  The ten women's church societies of Idaho Falls go into the retail business to raise funds for their various charities...A considerable percentage of the total sales of every department will be turned over to these societies for their charities... " The advertisement goes on to name ten women who will take over the roles of General Manager, Superintendent, Merchandise Manager and Assistant, Advertising Manager, Floor Managers, Style Review Director and Assistant Style Review Director. Twenty additional women became the sales force. In addition to contributing to these groups these women represented from store sales, "Each day during this event the various ladies' societies will serve luncheon to their patrons.  Each society has taken a day for serving.  The entire proceeds will go towards carrying on their various charities."  In earlier years the store donated large amounts of money to local churches and charities, such as the Salvation Army. 

If you Google something like "Golden Rule Store history," most all hits will discuss how James Cash Penny took a job as a clerk at a Golden Rule store in Kemmerer, Wyoming in 1902.  They point out that his father, a Baptist minister, instilled the golden rule and other Scripture into the lives of his twelve children.  J. C. Penney eventually bought out the Golden Rule store in Kemmerer and opened many other stores with the same name in subsequent years.  Then in 1913 he changed the name of his stores to the J. C. Penny Company.  Apparently prior to Penny's association The Golden Rule stores, they were completely independent and had no single originator, and even afterward most remained independent.  

The proprietor of the Idaho Falls Golden Rule store was George S. Samsel. According to an article in the Post Register, Jan. 7, 1940, "Born in Missouri in 1862, Mr. Samsel came west when he was 33 and tried a number of towns in Colorado and Montana before deciding on Idaho Falls for his home.  His coming in 1902 was marked almost immediately by construction of the Samsel block on Broadway and Park Avenue....Mr. Samsel was not only a successful merchandiser - with J. C. Penney and C. C. Anderson [the Boise Golden Rule store proprietor] he formed the original Golden Rule buying syndicate - but he was a man whose vision told him a city was more than a collection of individuals, stores and industries..."  cmb

1927: Judge W. D. Huffaker invited representatives of all Idaho Falls churches and civic groups to meet in his office on December 22 to co-ordinate to meet the needs of all who need help in Idaho Falls. From "Representatives of Churches and Lodges to Meet Thursday," Times-Register, Dec. 13, 1927, p. 1.  The same article describes the County Commissioners are planning to collect and give out men's, women's and children's clothing and also blankets to the needy. cmb 

1927 [Additional statement]: Quoting Psalm 100:4-5, Idaho Governor H. C. Baldridge proclaimed November 24 as a public holiday of thanksgiving and prayer. "Governor Urges Thanksgiving Prayer," Times-Register, Nov. 15, 1927. cmb

1928: Women in most churches in Eagle Rock and early Idaho Falls formed Missionary Societies to encourage and support world missions.  From a report in the Post Register September 28, 1965, "In 1928 "representatives of all local churches met at the First Christian Church and organized (the United Church Women of Idaho Falls.)"  They sponsored the first World Day of Prayer in Idaho Falls on March 4, 1928, and this became an annual event for more than 40 years. cmb

1928 [Additional statement] Wilson Carlson jumped from high rocks on the west bank the river just below the railroad bridge to save John Nelson, who had been playing on the rocks along the river and slipped into the main channel of the river, which was swift and deep at that point. Wilson did not hesitate once he heard screams from the boy but then he went under water.  Wilson was able to locate him, bring him to the bank and revive him using first aid techniques he had learned in Boy Scouts. [from Times-Register, June 29, 1928, p. 1. cmb

1929: In the spring of 1928 Bonneville County Commissioners agreed to acquire 200 acres of land "near the old brick plant on the west side and just above town." (Idaho Falls Times-Register, March 6, 1928, p. 1).  The first passenger flight departing from the Idaho Falls Municipal Airport was in 1929 (Mary Jane Fritzen, Idaho Falls, City of Destiny, p. 129). The airport was served by National Park Airways, which provided airmail and passenger service.  In 1929 they carried 360 passengers. ["Wright brothers linked to I.F. aviation," Post Register, July 31, 2005, p. G9].   etw/cmb

1930: The 1930 census of Kearney, Nebraska shows the occupation of Rev. Terrell C. Newby as "Whole Gospel Church Evangelist" and that of his wife Anna K Newby as "Whole Gospel Church Pastor."  This couple had pastored a church in Mackay, Idaho in the 1920's and returned to Idaho the late spring of 1930.  They started a church in Firth and about six months later held a revival in Idaho Falls, which led to the formation of "Bethel, Church of the Whole Gospel."  Anna pastored the church the remainder of the year before turning it over to Rev. H. R. Zelmer.  Bethel Church was initially affiliated with the Bible Standard association of churches, but in 1932 affiliated with the Assemblies of God. The church went through several name changes, in 1982 to New Life Assembly, and in 2018 left the Assembly of God denomination to become an independent church, renamed "The Bridge." See an unpublished 2-page history of New Life Assembly and also the article "Evangelists Get New Church Here," in the Idaho Falls Daily Post of Sept. 4, 1930, p. 2. cmb

1931:  Paul G. Wapato, a member of the Wenatchee tribe and an evangelist, spoke at nightly meetings at two Idaho Falls churches from May 3rd to 17th.  The May 4th Idaho Falls Times reported that there was a "huge crowd" at the opening service Sunday night at the Baptist Church, "taxing the capacity of the church building," and so the  following night the meeting was moved to the Methodist Church to accommodate more people. The remainder of the series returned to the Baptist Church.  Native Americans from Fort Hall provided music at one of the meetings. [Announcement and reports of the meetings are given in the Idaho Falls Times of April 10th and 17tth, May 1st, 8th, and 15th.] cmb

1931 [Additional statement] According to the book Assemblies of God in Southern Idaho - A History, 1993, p. 95, "A miracle occurred in 1931.  Mel Casper's wife, Leona, was very ill.  She felt as if she was sinking in darkness.  Mrs. Newby prayed for her and she was healed and felt as if she was lifted up out of the darkness."  According to the Idaho Falls Daily Post, Oct. 5, 1931, p. 2, later that year Mel and Leona's 16-year old son Dale fractured his skull when he fell while playing tag on horseback, but after a week in the hospital returned home and went on to a full recovery.  While the newspaper does not mention prayer, it's a safe assumption that his parents and others prayed for him and gave glory to Jesus for his recovery. cmb

1933: Rev. Granville S. Stacker was a farmer in Tennessee, then operated a grocery store in  Cheyenne, Wyoming  and began filling pulpits around 1918.  He came to Idaho Falls in late December 1922 to speak at a month of "religious meetings," and moved here later in 1923.  While continuing in the grocery business in Idaho Falls, he pastored the Second Baptist Church, the first black congregation in Idaho Falls.  Rev. Stacker married Leah Norman in Bonneville County in 1926.  He died in 1933, and is buried in Rose Hill cemetery. [References and more of his story will be added to the Jesus in Idaho Falls book and the link added here when available.] cmb

1934: Pastor Arvid Johnson of the Mission Covenant Church in Idaho Falls wrote in his annual report, "“It is evident that what we need is a mighty spiritual awakening.  We need to all be so gripped by the power of God.  And our zeal and earnestness in spiritual things so fired that our greatest interest will be that the will and purpose of God shall be accomplished in and through our lives.  Nothing short of a spiritual awakening will bring about such a victory." cmb

1935: Pastor Gustaf Theodore Peterson was born in Östergötland, Sweden in 1856. Immigrating to the US in 1880, he married in 1891 and pastored churches in DeKalb, Illinois and Pilot Mound, Iowa before coming to New Sweden in 1909. At that time the Swedish Mission church had been without a pastor for several months. Gustaf, who went by his initials "G.T.," accepted preaching responsibilities at the church while working a farm in New Sweden to support his family.  According to church records during those years, they experienced discouraging times, but Pastor Peterson displayed strong leadership.  He continued as their pastor until July of 1929 when the church merged with the Swedish Evangelical Mission Church in Idaho Falls.  One of G.T.'s daughters, E. Victoria, married a pastor, William H. Gang, who served in community churches in Rigby, Ririe, Rexburg, and Shelley for almost 20 years and then for several more years in Mackey until his death. One of G.T.'s sons became a prominent Idaho Falls attorney, the other son farmed in New Sweden.  Pastor G.T. Peterson, his wife, and all four of his children and their spouses are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery. cmb

1936. Brazilla Worth Clark came to Idaho Falls with his family at the age of 4 in 1884.  Following a few years working as an engineer, he won a seat on the Idaho Falls City Council in 1908 and served there until becoming mayor in 1913. He was re-elected mayor of the city in 1926 and served until becoming governor of Idaho in 1936. Defeated in the 1939 election for governor, he came home to Idaho Falls and researched local history, documenting his research in Bonneville County in the Making, which he published in 1941. He died two years later. [From Willard Barnes, "Brazilla Worth Clark," Idaho's Governors: Historical Essays on their Administrations, Boise State University, May 1978.]  cmb

1940: The first service of the Gospel Truth Tabernacle was Sept. 24, 1940, according to the Post Register, Sept 22, 1940.  The church building was built by Donald F Austin and his father and brothers, according to Don's son, Ken.  Don Austin grew up on farms just north of Idaho Falls. He went to Bible school in Oregon, pastored briefly in Fruitland and Albion and then returned in the late 1930's to Idaho Falls at the request of his brothers for the purpose of pastoring the new church, and the Lord kept him in pastoral positions here for 50 years. For photos of Donald Austin and more of his story see Section 6.1.1 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/jesus-church-called-and-sent. cmb

1941: Hazel Oral Wood grew up in the town of Kimberly, Idaho, near Twin Falls, and led the youth group of the Kimberly Methodist Church.  Following her education at the University of Chicago, she spent 5 summers in the Ashrams in India of Methodist missionary and theologian E. Stanley Jones and then 12 years in India as a missionary teacher.  Some Post Register reports also state she spent 12 years in China, and Post Register reports also conflict in exactly where she taught in India, but the most frequent report is Calcutta.  She returned to Idaho in 1941 and was hired by the Idaho Falls Ministerial Association to teach high school students Biblical literature and Bible history for credit, the classes held at First Lutheran Church. She also served as music director at Trinity Methodist Church. She is not to be confused with another Hazel Wood, an Idaho Falls native who was also a teacher and served in various positions at Trinity Methodist Church, including missionary secretary and librarian, about 30 years before Hazel O. Wood came to Idaho Falls. Sources include the Post Register, March 26, 1941, April 2, 1941, October 24, 1941, April 9, 1942, and Feb. 4, 1943. cmb

1941 [Additional statement] Post Register, Dec 8, 1941, p. 9: "We go forward with a prayer on our lips for our President and for the men in the armed service of the country confident that victory will be ours."  etw

1942: The first notice of these two congregations meeting is in the Post Register of July 31, 1942, p. 12. By 1949 the Issei congregation was meeting at 344 Fifth Street.  Also in 1942, the US government established a Japanese interment camp 132 miles southwest of Idaho Falls at Minidoka, where nearly 10,000 Japanese Americans were held for four years.  The Japanese congregations in Idaho Falls are a testimony to Jesus' compassion displayed in His church. cmb

1943: 1943 and 1944 both had record potato crops according to the article "Eastern Idaho joins the war effort," in the Post Register, Dec. 24, 1999. cmb

1944: The earlier reference I could find to the Idaho Falls Ministerial Association was in 1901, but it may well have started earlier.  In 1944 the Association included the Mission Covenant, Trinity Methodist, the Salvation Army, First Lutheran, St. John’s, Episcopal, the Nazarene, Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Gospel Truth, First Christian and First Baptist churches.  In January the Ministerial Association sponsored a 6-day leadership training school with courses in the New Testament and evangelism.  In April they had joint Holy Week services, including a Good Friday cantata.  In May they sponsored a "Family Week." In July and August they put on a series of four union services on the courthouse steps.  The first featured Dr. Irving G Roddy, pastor of the First Baptist church of Boise, speaking on “The Christian Church in This Age.” Dr. Roddy was born in China of missionary parents, became a member of the NY Bar Association before entering the ministry, was a trustee of Linfield College, a member of the board of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society and the author of several books. The speaker for the second service was Pastor Kenneth Edwins of Boise, speaking on “This is the Victory.”  He was also born in China.  The guest speaker for the third service is Rev. Donald Nortduff, graduate of Boston School of Theology and summer associate at First Methodist church in Pocatello.  In September Rev. C. L. Wiseman, representing the Ministerial Association, was one of four speakers at a meeting at the Bonneville court room calling for a grand jury investigation into “corruption in public office.”  That same month, in response to the Idaho Falls mayor calling for a day of worship in conjunction with V Day, the Association urged all people of the community to attend a community-wide worship service at the Junior High school.  In November they put on a Union Thanksgiving service. [From I1944 Idaho Falls newspaper articles and news items]  cmb

1945: September 2, 1945 (Sunday) Post Register front page headline: "Bloodiest War Officially Ends Sunday"; secondary headline: "Mountains, Celebrations Will Attract Crowds". 110 servicemen from Bonneville County were killed in the war. etw

1949: Post Register. March 23, 1949, p. 1:" Desert Area Site of Plant - The new national reactor testing station of the atomic energy commission will be built on a sparsely populated desert area centering 19 miles southeast of here..." According to Ben Plastino in his book Coming of Age: Idaho Falls and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, 1949-1999, the selection of "the Site" west of Idaho Falls as opposed to competing sites in three other counties in Idaho and in other states, and the decision to make Idaho Falls the headquarters city for AEC Idaho Operations were both made by one man, J. Bion Philipson. Bion stayed in Idaho Falls until 1960, for two years as AEC Idaho Program Coordinator and then as Assistant Manager for Idaho Operations, a position in which he was responsible for coordination and direction of all phases of technical operations, health physics and medical services.  Leaving to take a position with Aerojet General Corporation's Solid Rocket Division in California, he returned to Idaho Falls in the fall of 1967 as President and General Manager of the primary Site contractor at that time, Idaho Nuclear Corporation, a subsidiary of Aerojet.  While J. Bion Philipson played an important role in the history of the INL; his son Jim became a pastor and served in an Idaho Falls church from 1984 to 1992. For a short history of the INL, see Appendix 1 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/references-appendices. etw/cmb

1950: From the Post Register, Dec 6, 1950: "For the past seven week period pastors from five churches have been meeting at 10 am each morning for prayers for a citywide revival. Participating pastors include the Rev. Paul Childers, Assembly of God Church, the Rev. J. Leroy Johnson, First Church of the Nazarene; the Rev. Milton Opsahl, Mission Covenant Church, the Rev. Donald Austin, Gladstone Chapel, the Rev. Kenneth Ebb, Lutheran Church and the Rev. Mr. Shipp, First Baptist Church." cmb

1950 [Additional statement] On a Thanksgiving trip, Idaho Falls resident Will Mudge and his family hit a patch of ice and skidded into a snowbank.  Will was getting tire chains out of the trunk of his car when another car hit the same patch of ice and skidded into him.  Will was thrown unconscious onto the pavement, his led severed.  Because of heavy traffic and bad road conditions, it took an ambulance two and a half hours to get to him.  Once in the hospital, doctors predicted that he would not live, or if he did, he would have permanent brain damage.  Six months later, with an artificial leg, he returned to work. Will credits his recovery to a massive prayer effort. However it took a life-threatening illness, another massive prayer effort which led to his recovery again and then interactions years later with individuals and groups in the charismatic renewal movement in Idaho Falls before Will allowed the Lord to turn his life around and begin to use him.  In the 1970's he coordinated Lay Witness Missions for churches of different denominations in several Western states. [From the Article "Will Mudge knows...'All you have to do is ask,' Post Register Supplement, "Christians in Action," undated, probably early 1977.] cmb

1951: Taken from Norma Rathbun, Highlights in the History of Calvary Baptist Church, Idaho Falls, Idaho, prepared for the 20th anniversary of the church, 1971etw

1951 [Additional statement]: In 1951 the Experimental Breeder Reactor demonstrated the production of electricity through nuclear fission, powering four light bulbs.  Four years later, Arco became the first town to be powered by nuclear-generated electricity. The global significance of the experiments at the NRTS and later the INEL that demonstrated the safe production of electricity from nuclear reactors can hardly be overstated.  As of late 2021, 440 nuclear reactors provide 10% of the world's electricity needs [https://world-nuclear.org/], and 20% of the electricity used in the United States.  Every reactor owes its success to some degree to work done at the NRTS/INEL.  etw/cmb 

1953: Calvary Baptist Church of Idaho Falls, which was only two years old, began mission projects in other communities in Idaho.  There first mission was to Pocatello, resulting in the First Southern Baptist Church in Pocatello being organized on June, 14, 1953.  That same year they "voted to extend an arm of missions at Soda Springs, Preston, Mountain Home, and Glenns Ferry." From 1953 to 1995, Calvary Baptist has planted churches or had missions in 20 communities in Idaho and non-English speaking ethnic groups in Idaho Falls. [From (1) 20th Anniversary History of Calvary Baptist Church, 1971 by Norma Rathbun; (2) 35th Anniversary History of CBC, (3) 50th Anniversary History of CBC, and (4) Post Register article, "Church Reaches Out to Minorities, by Gene Fadness, August 6, 1995.] cmb

1954: Pastor Aaron Lewis as described by Pastor Anthony Manzanares. etw

1954 [Additional statement]: According to the Salt Lake Tribune of July 16, 1954, a violent storm, 3 miles wide, passed from 4 miles southwest of Idaho Falls to about 6 miles north of town. The storm on July 15 brought 20 minutes of hail, rail and 75 mph winds.  Over an inch of rain fell, causing flooding in basements, car-top deep water in G and D street underpasses, and causing the canal along 17th Street to break. An estimated 30-50% of the potato crop was destroyed, and many trees, power lines and telephone poles were blown down. cmb 

1955: Born in Idaho Falls, Dennis Patterson grew up in a little wooden shack next to the Church of God in Christ building. He authored the books, "Whistleblower: Justice over Discrimination and Ethics Violations" (2014) and "Black Pearl: Living Black in Idaho" (2020). etw

1957: What is now Freeman Park was at one time an Indian campground.  Then for many years it was the site of the Idaho Falls city dump.  Garbage was openly burned, and because of the smoke, sand, weeds, tar-paper shacks and junked cars the area was known as Duttonville.  In 1957 the land was given to the City of Idaho Falls for the purpose of transforming it into a park by Russell Freeman, who had purchased it from Barzilla Clark. Several thousand truck loads of soil were hauled in to cover the garbage and convert it into a park.  From 1966 to 1973 it was named "Eagle Rock Park," then renamed after Russell Freemam, who was a city councilman for many years. [Primary reference, https://localnews8.com/news/2014/09/14/did-you-know-freeman-park-was-once-garbage-dump-slum/, also Post Register obituary of Russell Freeman, March 6, 1978] cmb

1957 [Additional Statement] Not counting church splits or churches that have planted ethnic congregations in Idaho Falls, as of January, 2022 I know of only 4 churches that have started a second church in the city.  One of the earliest second churches of a given denomination was Hope Lutheran. cmb

From https://www.allabouthope.org/church-new/history-of-hope-lutheran/: "The Board of Missions of the Northwest District determined, during the year of 1956, that a second Missouri Synod Lutheran congregation was needed in Idaho Falls to serve the needs of the people and to spread the Word of God. Worship services began in 1957 with the first sermon based on 1 Corinthians 2:2, “For I am determined to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  Attendance was 24 – 11 adults and 13 children. Initially, services were held in a room at the YMCA, but in the spring of 1958, construction of the new church began on E. 17th St.  Services were held in the basement of the new building as soon as a roof was in place. The day school began in the basement in September 1958 with one teacher serving grades 1, 2, and 3. The building was completed and was dedicated to God’s glory on October 5, 1958.  Hope had 86 members at this time. Due to Hope Lutheran’s growth over the years, ground breaking services for a larger church and school were held at 2071 12th St. (current location) on April 13, 1980..." cmb

1958: "Pastors Plan For Prayer Day," Post Register, Feb. 5, 1958. Rev. Clifford Berggren of First Lutheran Church spoke at Idaho Falls Sr. High School, Rev. H. A. Thon of the Church of the Nazarene at O. E. Bell Jr. High and Major Harold Nadeau of the Salvation Army at Central Intermediate School. cmb

1958 [Additional statement]: Erick Kaiser grew up in Montana and in 1954 planted a church in Billings. After his years in Idaho Falls, he purchased property in Gibbonsville, Idaho, built a home for his family and continued in ministry as an evangelist, travelling through the West and Midwest, and working for the Forest Service in the summers. From 1976 to 1998 he served as a missionary in Mexico, Brazil and Jamaica. He passed away at age 93 in 2021. [From https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/22077297/erick-kaiser] cmb

1959: See https://www.umt.edu/this-is-montana/columns/stories/earthquake-slide.php or any of many other online or published accounts of the Hebgen Lake Earthquake.  Charles, age 8 at the time, was  nine miles away from the epicenter that night and his father had driven along the road that was buried by the slide a couple hours before the mountain fell. The Idaho Falls family that was camping at the Rock Creek Campground was Robert J. and E. Coy Williams, ages 32 and 30, and their children Steven, 11, Michael, 7, and Christy, 3. Robert managed a plumbing and building supply store in Idaho Falls. cmb

1961: Hazel Leisen was born on Christmas Day 1905 (or 1907 depending on the source), in North Dakota. She came to Rupert, Idaho with her family in 1920. After teaching school for 10 years in Rupert, she attended nursing school in Missoula, Montana and worked there as a registered nurse.  Her nursing career then took her to Soda Springs, Idaho, Hawaii, Twin Falls and Boise, where she worked special duty for two hospitals. The last fifteen years of her life she lived in Idaho Falls working as the NRTS nurse. On the very cold night of January 4, 1961, at 9:01 pm the SL-1 reactor went critical and blew up.  Two men died instantly, a third was badly mutilated.  Removing him from the facility, they placed him on a stretcher and soon in an ambulance.  Hazel drove out to meet the ambulance, heard what turned out to be his last breath, and tried to resuscitate him but to no avail.  At 11:00 pm he was pronounce dead.  The following year Hazel's efforts were recognized when she received a national award for heroism. Hazel never married and died in an Idaho Falls hospital in 1968 the day after her brother died in the same hospital. [From Susan Stacy, Proving the Principle, 2000, p. 144 & 156 and "Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015" as posted on  FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:D9WY-BMPZ, December 3, 2020). cmb

1962: Source: https://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/1609/Imagine-IF (draft, p. 9) etw

1963: In the fall of 1963 Pastor Halvor Ness took a 3-month leave of absence from what was then The Mission Covenant Church of Idaho Falls to go as an evangelist to Norway.  There he preached at 95 Sunday services and conducted 44 Bible study and prayer meetings. (From historical records of River of Life Church) cmb

1963 [Additional statement]: A steering committee of pastors from eight Idaho Falls churches, including Calvary Baptist Church, Central Bible Church, Mission Covenant Church, First Christian Church, Church of the Nazarene, United Pentecostal Church and two others organized a 10-day conference featuring Rev. Dr. Hyman Appelman of Kansas City. Dr. Hyman had been born into a Jewish family in Russia, became a successful trial lawyer in Chicago, but when visiting Kansas City picked up a Gideon Bible at the YMCA where he was staying which started him on the path toward conversion to Christ.  He then studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Billy Graham wrote that "Dr. Appelman is one of the greatest and most powerful preachers of the Gospel I have ever listened to. I used to listen to him preach night after night and made notes on his sermons. Some of my own knowledge and inspiration concerning mass evangelism came from his ministry. Thousands of names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life because Dr. Appelman passed their way”.  Following the meetings in Idaho Falls, people from additional churches followed up on those who indicated making decisions to receive Christ.  Sources:https://www.sbcevangelist.org/hyman-appelman/ and Post Register, "Crusade Lectures to Begin Monday," July 7, 1963, p. 6.  cmb

1966: Rev. George W. Laug came to Idaho Falls in 1966 to pastor the Mission Covenant Church for six years. Source: SE Idaho County Obituaries, Rev. George W. Laug; accessed via FamilySearch. cmb

1966 [Additional statement] Source: https://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/1609/Imagine-IF (draft, p. 9). etw

1970: Rev. Albert Christian Schroeder started churches in Pratt, Kansas in 1844, Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1950 and Derby, Kansas in 1956 before coming to Idaho Falls as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church.  See "Hope Lutheran Church to Install New Pastor," Post Register, Sept. 18, 1970. cmb

1971: One 18-year old who lived at the Idaho Falls Shiloh Home and greatly benefitted from it was Anthony Harper, now publisher of the Intermountain Christian News. Read his testimony at http://www.imcnews.org/paper/drharper.php.  The Shiloh House in Idaho Falls was founded by Calvary Chapel leader George L. Bryson [Post Register, March 19, 1971.] cmb

1972: Bishop George Foster Jr. came to Idaho Falls to speak at a revival at Community Church of God in Christ and then retuned in 1975 to pastor New Hope Temple COGIC until his death in 2010. [dates that George pastored in IF need confirmation] cmb

1973: The Sunshine Inn Coffee House, a nondenominational youth group center, was located at 184 First Street; prior to November 1973 it was known as The Upper Room Coffee House and met at 200 ½ First Street. See Post Register announcements of Sept. 7, 1973 & Nov. 11, 1973. etw

1973 [Additional Statement] Article "24 Congregations Helped Form FISH," Post Register supplement, Christians in Action, undated, likely published in early 1977. cmb

1974: The U.S. Congress adopted a resolution designating April 30, 1974 as a Day of Humiliation, Prayer and Fasting.  Idaho's governor Cecil D. Andrus followed with a proclamation calling upon "the good citizens of our Great State to humble ourselves as we see fit before our Creator to acknowledge our dependence on Him and our gratitude for His great love for us." This was not the first Day of Prayer observed in Idaho Falls.  Observation of the World Day of Prayer went back to at least 1928 and National Days of Prayer to 1952.  What was somewhat unique about days of prayer observed in the mid-70's was the participation of Catholics in Idaho Falls.  The Post Register announced: "People of all faiths are invited to participate in a special day of humiliation, prayer and fasting for the nation on Tuesday, April 30 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  The day has been set by Congressional resolution as a day on which citizens can do something about the increasing awareness ‘that we are the wealthiest nation the world has ever known, but too proud to pray to the God who made us so,’ the resolution notes, said the Rev. Dennis Falk, pastor (of Holy Rosary)." The following year the Tree of Life Prayer Community of Holy Rosary Catholic Church hosted an interdenominational prayer meeting on the National Day of Prayer, declared by President Gerald Ford to be on July 24 that year. [From Post Register, April 26, 1974, “Day of Prayer, Fasting Slated at Holy Rosary” and  Post Register, July 18, 1975, “Charismatic Prayer Meeting Set.”  etw/cmb

1975: Darlene Daughtery started the Agape Christian Bookstore as told by Lorie Swisher and Pamela Foster. etw

1975 [Additional statement] Cliff and Helen Beard came here in 1975 and founded the Idaho Falls Christian Center. They then brought a fellow Australian pastor, Tim Marsh, to Idaho Falls to lead the church, which he did for about 8 years.  The Idaho Falls Christian Center merged with Shiloh Chapel, which had been pastored by James Spencer since 1982, and renamed Shiloh Christian Center. Cliff Beard also introduced the church to Pastor V. A. Thampy, co-founder of the New India Church of God. A number of  people from the Idaho Falls church have gone to India on short term mission projects, and the church also funded a boat for Pastor Thampy to use in his evangelism. [Source: memory of Lynn Waters plus Polk Directories showing the years the Beards and Marshes pastored in Idaho Falls; additional information about the Beard's ministry from https://phillipbeard.com/revival-culture/] cmb/jlw

1976: Jim Johnson, born in Rigby, was an evangelist par excellence.  He would share the gospel with whoever would listen in whatever situations he found himself in.  An expanded obituary given out at his funeral in 2009 states, “In Idaho Falls, Jim formed an evangelism team and with his team members visited literally hundreds of homes.  He would walk the people they visited through Bible studies and led many of them to receive Christ.  Then he would continue to follow up with more visits to disciple them to live for Jesus.  At the height of his evangelism ministry, approximately 2/3rds of the congregation at his church (Jim Spencer’s Christian Center) were people he had visited and led to the Lord.” cmb

1976 [Additional statement] From the Post Register supplement Christians in Action, article entitled "When the Water Hit, Denominationalism Began Floating Away," undated, likely January or February, 1977  cmb

1977: As implied by the statement, over the years the INL has brought thousands of people to Idaho Falls, employees and their families, who likely would not have come to live here otherwise.  The Christians in this group contributed in numerous ways to the ministries of the churches in town, some taking leadership roles. A few have had experiences with the Lord while employed at the INL that led them into full time ministry in town or as missionaries.  For more information about the history, mission and transitions of the INL see: Proving the Principle – A History of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, 1949-1999, Susan M. Stacy, 2000; The Idaho National Environmental and Engineering Laboratory – A Historical Context and Assessment, Narrative and Inventory, The Arrowrock Group, INEEL/EXT-97-01021 (Revision 1), November 17, 2003; and Coming of Age: Idaho Falls and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory 1949-1990, Ben J. Plastino, 1998. etw/cmb

1977 [additional statement]: The third annual Idaho Charismatic Conference was held at the Westbank Hotel and Restaurant and Holy Rosary Church July 15-17. The guest speaker was Rt. Rev. David Geraets of the Abbot of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey, Pecos, NM. Other speakers included Father Wiliam Gould, Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Father Ramon Echevarrla, director of the Boise House of Prayer, Father Arthur Latta, recotr of Calvary Episcopal Church in Jerome, Mrs. Marjorie Krueger, a member of the First Christian Church of Idaho Falls and a member of the Idaho Falls Tree of Life Prayer Prayer Community.  Form the Post Register, June 17, 1977. cmb

1978: Pastor Colan Deatherage became a Christian as a young boy at Gethsemane Christian School.  After college and seminary Bible training, he ministered as an evangelist through Forerunners Evangelistic Ministries in Idaho Falls, and then served as a pastor from 2000 to 2014 with Pocatello Baptist Church. He died in a snowmobile accident at a RCBC winter retreat. etw

1981:  Lorie Swisher recalling the visit of Dwayne Friend, one of the first Christian music artists to visit Idaho Falls. etw

1982: Ann Kiemel Anderson - http://annkiemel.blogspot.com/ etw

1983: Susie Lacy became a Christian in Idaho Falls. She married Pastor Joe Lacy in 2001 at Berean Baptist Church in Idaho Falls, and they started serving Christ together at Grace Baptist Church in Rexburg. etw

1984: Beyond Mormonism: An Elder’s Story by James Spencer. etw

1985: The Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen began serving meals in 1985 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.  By 2001, members of 15 denominations help in the Soup Kitchen. [Source: First issue of the Idaho Falls Magazine, Summer of 2001] cmb

1985 [Additional statement] On April 14, volunteers began printing Bible lessons in braille in the basement of St. John Lutheran church.  Initially most of their books were sent to Africa; some to other places, including China and Russia.  The work center is one of 201 in the nation and the only one in the Idaho-Utah district.  Women work two hours a day, four day per week.  In 1995 there were 46 volunteers, some from other churches. [Source, article in Post Register, April 12, 1995, "The Bible in braille: For 10 years, Lutherans in I.F. have been 'printing' worlds for the blind."; also https://www.lbwloveworks.org/ministry-centers/production-centers/ shows the center at St John is still in operation in 2022] cmb

1987: "In 1987, Calvary took on the sponsorship of a Hispanic mission. For a number of years, the group had met under the leadership of lay pastor Norberto Cantu. Following Bro. Cantu's death, Rev. Ernie Silvas was called as the first pastor of Mision Bautista Del Sur. He served as pastor from 1987 until 1991. From March 1992 until January 1998 the mission was led by Rev. Lorenzo Silvas. During this time a shelter ministry was established, providing temporary housing to the homeless men and meals to the community." - Highlights in the History of Calvary Baptist Church, Idaho Falls, Idaho etw

1988: Todd Wood along with Colan Deatherage preached on a Sunday night at Gethsemane Baptist Church. etw

1989: Mikey Middleton tells the story of the start of the Christian band, Great Mercy. etw

1989 [Additional statement]: Pastor Herb Stoneman grew up in New Mexico and Colorado.  He pastored in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Idaho.  He came to Idaho Falls in 1989 to pastor Calvary Baptist Church. His six years in Idaho Falls were a period of rapid growth for the church.  Herb then served 10 years as the Evangelism Director for the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention. cmb

1990: Rudi Patrick came to Idaho Falls and planted Westside Assembly of God, now known as Cornerstone Assembly of God. Rudi finished law school in 2000 and has been practicing law in Meridian since 2004. cmb

1991: There were extended drought conditions in Eastern Idaho that began in 1987.  Numerous churches and prayer groups called out to the Lord for rain, including the Northwest Prayer Network, which held a prayer retreat at Harriman Park in May of 1991.  Reports from that prayer gathering were given in a Concert of Prayer held at Alliance Covenant Church on May 17, 1991.  While rains came that summer that supplied the need for the year,  the following year was also dry, so much so that the Post Register published a front page article on September 15, 1993 entitled “Pray For Rain,” quoting Upper Snake River Watermaster Ron Carlson speaking to the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. Ron added, "I understand that this week starts, for some of the churches in Idaho, 40 days of prayer and perhaps that is the solution."  God again heard and answered those prayers. The Post Register front-page headline, "Pray For Rain" was repeated on March 18, 2015, and the Lord was faithful to again send life-giving rain to Southeast Idaho. cmb

1991 [Additional statement] The above is from an article by Chris Hanson in the CPR Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1, November 1991.  Joseph Jennings spoke at school assemblies for three days in Idaho Falls and then to a packed crowd at the Civic Auditorium, speaking to students from seven different schools.  Some kids came two hours early to get good seats and a free book.  A report following the event included, "God really used Joseph in our town to touch and inspire the hearts of our hurting kids and to show the Christian community that there is a mission field in our schools!" cmb

1992: Thana Singarajah was born and grew up in the predominantly Muslim nation of Malaysia.  He came to Idaho Falls after studying in England and later at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, and then working for nine years as a counselor in American Falls. The rest of his life he spent in Idaho Falls. See section 6.1.5 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/jesus-church-called-and-sent cmb

1992 [Additional statement] While Jesus' call to repentance could be added to every year, it seemed to be particularly strong in the early 1990's.  Perhaps in part because of the years of drought (see 1991) or perhaps because many in His body were seeking Him in extended periods and formats of prayer, repentance became a common these in city-wide prayer meetings.  Four of these included (1) on the National Day of Prayer in 1992, at an evening Concert of Prayer held at New Life Assembly, Pastor Rich Laux of Ashton introduced a time of confession for the sins of America; (2) on November 1 of 1992, Pastor Jerry Shoup spoke on "Revival: Repentance and Prayer," prior to the time of prayer by the congregation; (3) at a Solemn Assembly held at Calvary Baptist Church on March 26, 1993, nearly a third of the time was given to confession; (4) on January 7, 1994, at a Concert of Prayer held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Lori Swisher led a time of prayer entitled "Cleansing the church, God's dwelling place, through repentance." cmb

1993: See section of 5.2.2 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/jesus-church-called-and-sent, which was written after an interview Charles and Todd conducted with Pastor Rick Brown on Jan. 13, 2013. cmb

1993 [Additional statement #1] From Post Register story, Sept. 15, 1993 cmb

1993 [Additional statement #2] From personal participation, also article "Pray Day - Bible reading marathon begins on courthouse steps," Post Register May 7, 1993 cmb

1994: See the article “Fourteen Churches Participate in Revival” in the Oct. 7, 1994 issue of the Post Register, p. B4. The meetings were held in a tent at the parking lot of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; the revival was led by Rev. Joey Jeter of Texas Christian University.  Other speakers included local pastors Don Paterson, Lorenzo Silva, Dick Miller, Joan LaLiberte of the Fort Hall Mission, and speakers from New Life Assembly, Youth with a Mission and other Idaho Falls churches and ministries. cmb

1994 [Additional statement #1] Under the umbrella of Calvary Baptist Church, "this mission was pastored by Rev. Dong-Kwan Kye." - from "Highlights in the History of Calvary Baptist Church, Idaho Falls, Idaho" etw

1994 [Additional statement #2] Pastor Warren and Jane Cuppy - their ministry is still ongoing. etw

1995: The first Sunday gathering for Berean Baptist Church was in the home of Jim and Janean Deatherage. etw

Trimelda McDaniels has a very unique background for a Idaho Falls pastor. Baptized as an infant in an African Methodist Episcopal church in Chicago, she writes that in college "I had become a practicing African pagan by then but the intellectual challenge of the Jesuits and my own spiritual experiences led me to Christ when I was 20 and then into the Roman Catholic Church a year later."  She went on to be trained in healing, deliverance and exorcism. Following a period of caring for her mother, Trimelda had a street ministry to gang members, drug addicts and prostitutes. She continues, "I formally left the Roman Catholic Church in 1988 to answer the call I had on my heart to be ordained as a pastor and start church." After a year of study under the Deliverance Churches of America, she was ordained, spent a short time in California and then moved to Idaho Falls in 1991, and started what is now Christ Convergence Recovery Church in 1995. cmb

1995 [Additional statement] As Calvary Chapel Pastor Rick Brown began planning the event, he realized it was too big for his 2-year old church alone, so he enlisted the help of 10 other churches.  Musicians that were featured included singers Lenny LeBlanc and Crystal Lewis. Dave Messenger, who trained church leaders and musicians to lead worship, led the worship for the crusade. cmb

1996: Speakers at the Crusade were Calvary Chapel Pastor Rick Brown, Christ Community Church Pastor Dave Gibson, and First Evangelical Free Church Pastor Dave Bass.  The 15 churches sponsoring the crusade were First Baptist, Cornerstone Assembly, Skyline Christian, Roberts Community, Alliance Covenant, Living Faith, Rigby Presbyterian, Salvation Army, First Nazarene, Eagle Rock Baptist, Shiloh Foursquare, Calvary Chapel, Christ Community, Evangelical Free Church, and New Hope Community.  The Crusade was held on Sunday September 29, from 7 to 9 pm, with a youth rally before the crusade at Shiloh Foursquare Church. See Post Register article of Sept. 13, 1996. See the article in the Post Register, September 13, 1996, p. A13. cmb

1996 [Additional statement] Sherry Lord's first book was entitled Airwaves and her second, Only His Kiss. See article by Gene Fadness, "Trials of Faith - Idaho Falls author writes about real-life problems from Christian view," Post Register, July 31, 1998, p. B7. cmb

1997:  In March, 1997 Eden Crowe had a dream in which she saw Don Patterson, pastor of the Community COGIC, in the pulpit of  New Life Assembly of God with people of different backgrounds and churches on stage, singing each other's songs, sharing their music and learning from one another. She shared the dream with Don, and the following year Don presented the idea to Mike Stearns, pastor of New Life Assembly, along with the church board. That led to the formation of the Azusa Choir of 45 diverse voices plus 5 musicians.  They performed at numerous church and civic events over the next few years. See article "Main Street" in the Post Register, April 29, 1998. cmb

1997 [Additional statement #1] At a time when there were few church youth groups in Idaho Falls, Nathan Swisher and Zach Blickens founded Freedom Ministries, and for several years saw around 150 youth coming to their weekly meetings. cmb

1997 [Additional statement #2] Hope Lutheran Church and St. John's Episcopal Church sponsored a conference that introduced parish nursing to 40 attendees in 1997.  Parish nurses integrate faith and healing to promote wellness within the community.  The following year the conference included topics, "What is Spiritual Nursing Care," "New Age is Really Old Age," and "A Brief History of Christ-Centered Parish Nursing Ministry." [From the article "Parish nursing conference scheduled in West Yellowstone," Post Register, June 19, 1998, p. B7.] cmb

1997 [Additional statement #3] According to http://www.ofcr.org/home/index.php/about/history, a small group of believers started praying for a camp ministry in the area in 1988.  Jesus sent the Perry and Sandy Rotenberger to Idaho Falls to lead the camp; in 1997, their first year of operation, 112 campers attended. cmb

1998: From article by Teri Anderson, "Knock, Knock - Southern Baptists find open doors and open minds as they share their faith in Eastern Idaho," Post Register, June 8, 1998. cmb

1998 [Additional statement #1]: See section 6.3.2 of https://barnescm2.wixsite.com/jiif/jesus-church-called-and-sent. As their ministry was in a sensitive country, the names of this couple are not disclosed.  And because of increased governmental scrutiny of Christian activities, they were forced to leave the country in early 2019.  cmb

1998 [Additional statement #2]: Jane Arnold, a retired INL technician and Miles Willard Technologies lab assistant and lab manager, and a member and elder of First Christian Church, realized the need for housing for low income senior residents, so much so that she felt compelled to do something about it.  With the help of other members of her church, she spearheaded the effort to form Mountain Falls Corporation which built two apartment buildings, the Mountain Falls Apartments.  Ground was broken in 1997 and the the first apartment building of 29 units was completed the following year. In 2000 a second 22-unit complex was built. See "Ground to be broken for low-income senior citizens' apartment complex," Post Register, October 8, 1997 and "Organization breaks ground on new apartments," Post Register, August 14, 2000. cmb

1999: Paul Meigio and Don Schweitzer; the City of Refuge, a nine-bed facility, at 840 Park Ave. opened on June 29 after more than a year of preparations, including a six-month search for a building and a one-month renovation project. etw

1999 [Additional statement] Mike Ghiglia was working as a traumatic brain injury rehab therapist in Bakersfield, California went the Lord sent him to Idaho, in part because of a trip he had made the previous summer to fish the Henry's Fork and South Fork of the Snake. Mike spent the next three years developing Share the Son Ministries and working as a part-time clinician to make ends meet.  In August of 2002 he made the transition to full-time ministry. cmb

2000: Countless news broadcasts and published articles prior to January 1, 2000 warned of global financial collapse and other end-of-the-world type scenarios on the premise that computers of global banking, nuclear reactors and a multitude of other services and industries would fail, unable to recognize any date past 12/31/1999 or misinterpret them with catastrophic results.  Hundreds of billions of dollars were spent fixing the programming issues, and these efforts were largely successful.  One very brief summary of the problems and efforts to resolve them can be seen at https://www.si.edu/spotlight/y2k. etw/cmb

2001: Berean Baptist Church had an open house for the community on July 14 and Sunday dedication service on July 15.  Many attended and rejoiced in the goodness of Jehovah Jireh.  etw

2002: Brad Stanger tells the miraculous story of purchasing a trailer park. The current business at this location is Shady Rest Campground in Idaho Falls. etw

2004: Alliance Covenant Church Pastor Gary Goeschl wrote in January, 2014 in his annual report, “God’s presence was known and experienced in many ways throughout the year.  In baptism of 10 believers, the reception of 17 new members, various opportunities to disciple men, teach, counsel and share my faith, God has shown himself faithful and true. 

“I believe a pastor’s biggest challenge is to be used by God to change the corporate culture (ethos) of the congregation he serves.  He does this thru preaching, teaching, serving, vision-casting, thinking “outside-the-box,” being open to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

“To be dangerously frank, my take on our church has been that we are dominated by “law”. What I want for us is to be motivated by value(s); to be free to adapt, to change, to be a movement of trust and of faith, hope and love.  I long for us to engage culture, to embrace culture, and to experience our call from God to be servants of the kingdom. Institutions are safe places but an assembly of the Holy Spirit moves with the values of the Spirit.  And because God is always working and is Creativity Himself, we have to be ready to welcome the movement and accept the adventure." cmb

2005: In 1998, Sheila Powell, joined by others who had a heart for young mothers and their babies, founded the Shepherd's Inn residential home, purchasing a large 100-year old home in Roberts. Sheila ran the home for the first 4 years.  In 2005 the board recognized that the need for residential services declined and their counseling and other services could be more accessible if they moved to Idaho Falls, so they purchased a three bedroom home on Parkway Circle. Shepherd’s Inn staff and counselors provide labor and delivery coaching, parenting support groups, counseling, baby items through Earn While You Learn incentives, individualized assistance, social activities and scholarships for clients. [see  articles by Bird Derrick published in The Jefferson Star, Sept. 11, 2019, by Eric Grossarth in East Idaho News, Sept. 9, 2018 and by Corey Taule in the Post Register, Jan. 19, 2000] cmb

2006: Norm Pace, while pruning fruit trees in his yard at his home in Idaho Falls, died of a massive heart attack at age 66. A mechanical engineer, he specialized in reactor heat transfer and fluid flow analysis. He had a heart for evangelism, discipleship and prayer.  A member of Trinity United Methodist Church, he organized men's retreats.  He was active in Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship, worked with men at the City of Refuge, was involved in jail ministry, shared the gospel with whoever he encountered, and was a vital part of a city prayer group. cmb  

2008: Wesley Walter Deist was born in Bonners Ferry, but after his service in the Navy and Marines during WW II in China and India, and then his marriage in Florida, he moved his family to Idaho Falls. An avid sportsman, he taught and coached at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort from its opening in 1957 until 2006, when he was 82.  While operating businesses in Idaho Falls, he served three terms on the City Council and was instrumental in expanding the airport, establishing the Greenbelt, Community Park, and the Aquatic Center, which was renamed in his honor. He also coached Peewee football and officiated high school basketball games and track meets for many years. [primary sources: https://sfcompanion.blogspot.com/2019/09/businessman-public-servant-and-local.html & Post Register obituary, Jan 18, 2008.] cmb

2009:  In 2009 God led an American man and his beautiful bride from India to this otherwise unknown location know as Idaho Falls. The call was so clear, they knew it had to be Jesus opening the door.  Since that time Steven and Sonia McLean have patiently sought the Lord for the fuller vision, purpose and timing of his calling to Idaho Falls.  Since that time they have opened their home and their hearts to many other people who are on a similar journey to find their purpose here in Idaho Falls as well. After four years of house church Ministry the Lord asked them to start a satellite church within the Vineyard movement  that would express His heart and Love for the City he called us to and to even those who felt themselves to be sheep without a fold of their own. A place God could use to put the lonely into families and that is when Eagle Rock Vineyard was established, January 26, 2014.  Eagle Rock of course being the original name given to our fair city or also the "City of Destiny". They felt led to this name to represent God's heart for the prophetic symbolized in the Eagle that sores high above on the wind or the "pneuma" of God's Spirit and sees above the storms of life as we come into agreement with the prayer of Jesus that  "His kingdom might come and his will be done here in Idaho Falls as it is in heaven. And the "ROCK" representing ERV's love of the Truth and while soaring in the Spirit as free Eagles their desire is  to also be grounded in the truth or the Rock of Ages and our Chief  Cornerstone, Jesus Christ.  God has begun to open up many new doors for ERV with a new chapter we believe is titled "Eagle Rock Vision-2022 and beyond" where they are beginning to see the original vision of a lighthouse of God's love to our community being fulfilled, step by obedient step. sm

2010: Calvin Winslow, pastor of New Life Family Worship Center for many years, went on two mission trips to Pakistan.  The first was for 3 weeks in 2003, and on that trip he ministered  at crusades held in 5 cities.  In 2010, one of the pastors of the church where Calvin ministered was killed by Muslim extremists two weeks after his visit. Calvin continued preaching and serving his church in Idaho Falls until he went into the presence of Jesus on August 3, 2019. cmb

2010 [Alternative statement]: Eric Howden, see https://public.inl.gov/news_archive/Shared%20Documents/584385_secretary_chu_honors_inl_employees_for_japan_assistance__nuclear_safeguards.pdf,  http://www.newgospelfrontiers.org/  and https://www.npr.org/2010/11/17/131386797/moving-kazakh-nuclear-cache-a-massive-undertaking. etw

2011: Pastor Todd Wood sent out this email to the pastors of Idaho Falls on October 6. 2011: "I am Todd Wood, pastor of Berean Baptist Church, meeting in the building out on East First Street in Ammon. I was born in Idaho Falls in 1969. My wife, Kristie, was born in I.F. in 1970. I have four kids. Joshua (10th grade) is going to Skyline. Hannah (8th grade) is going to school at Eagle Rock. And my two youngest, Mariah (6th grade) and Micaiah (4th grade), attend Calvary Chapel Christian School (both the campus by Idaho Falls High School and the main campus). For 15 years, I have been a member of Berean. I would like to write a book entitled something like this: Jesus in Idaho Falls. General purposes of the book are: (1) to unpeel back the layers of how the Lord Jesus Christ has revealed Himself in this city, (2) to share some of the remarkable Jesus stories through the 130 years of history, (3) and to highlight Jesus' work among local Christian church bodies and ministries, today. I would love to have any input that you would care to express as I dig into some research on my own during my leisure hours."  

2013 - Bob and Barb Powell invited Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor to come perform a concert in their big barn. etw

2014: Pastor Mike Cummins of Berean Baptist Church  

2014 [Additional statement] From Pastor Patrick Jones 

2015: Benjamin Chapinhttps://www.eastidahonews.com/2019/12/local-christian-author-inspires-readers-to-overcome-trials-with-faith/. etw

2015 [Additional statement #1] The following testimony was posted on the website of Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in 2016: We have seen some mighty miracles here at Cornerstone in the last few weeks. A two year boy, Gabe, could no longer walk. He was taken to the doctor and specialist and they could not find out what was wrong. The following Sunday his mother brought him up for prayer, he left the church walking and completely healed! Another miracle was one woman, Sydney, had epilepsy. She believed that God could heal her. She came forward for prayer. She then went to the doctor and he ran some tests. The doctor said she no longer had epilepsy!  She had told him the Lord had healed her.  The doctor said “I haven't seen many miracles”, and Sydney replied, “I am one”. Todd and Charles talked with Pastor Scott Davis in early 2016 and learned that the background of these healings was a series of sermons Scott preached early in 2015 along the lines of John Kilpatrick’s Book When the Heavens are Brass: Keys to Genuine Revival.  The congregation then started sensing more of the presence of God in their worship services, and seeing answers to prayer. Scott also shared with us several more cases of the Lord answering prayer for healing. cmb

2015: [Additional statement #2] from Kelly Golden, describing REVFEST. etw

2016:  Lynn and Gene Winter officially open City Bagel in downtown Idaho Falls – https://www.eastidahonews.com/2016/10/city-bagel-bakery-now-open-downtown-idaho-falls/. etw

2016: [Additional statement] Pastor Tim Rupp was a police officer in San Antonio for 24 years.  Following his retirement in 2007 he was called to pastor Eagle Rock Baptist Church in Idaho Falls and then River of Life Church, which he did until 2020, when his ministry to law enforcement officers had expanded to where he was led to devote full time to it.  cmb

2017: According to a story about the decade 2010-2020 in the Post Register (Dec. 29, 2019), Idaho Falls was one of the best places in America to see the total solar eclipse on August 21. An estimated 300,000 visitors came to join the residents of Idaho Falls to watch the eclipse here. cmb

2017 [Additional statement #1] See https://www.champsheart.org/our-history

2017 [Additional statement #2] Don Patterson, born in Idaho Falls, grew up attending the Community Church of God in Christ.  As a youth he knew that he would serve the Lord in his church, and for many years did that through music.  In 1993 he became the pastor of the church.  Besides also holding a full time job at the INL during those years he pastored, he ministered at the City of Refuge, was active in city-wide music and prayer events and was a founder of the African American Alliance promoting unity, fairness and equality. cmb

2018: After months of teaching Sunday evening devotionals at the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, Todd Wood and Warren Cuppy follow Christ’s calling to start Providence Downtown Church in the nearby Rogers Building on Sunday, March 11, 2018. etw

2019: Mike GhigliaSteve Molsee, and Todd Wood met together in the afternoon at the fellowship hall of Eagle Rock Baptist Church. etw

2019 [Additional statement] DNA and other evidence that came to light exonerated Christopher Tapp of the 1996 murder of Angie Dodge and the arrest of Brian Dripps for the crime; also new evidence was found that led to the arrest on Kenneth Jones for the 2007 murder of Stephanie Eldredge. [See "The Year 2019 in Review" in the Post Register, Dec. 29, 2019] cmb

2020: Anthony Manzanares, pastor of Community Church of God in Christ, had a heart valve replaced in 2013, but in April, 2019 he began feeling very sick.  After a year, he ended up in the hospital in Salt Lake where the heart valve was replaced, but a bacterial infection led to needing additional open heart surgeries and put him in a coma for 3 months.  Groups around the country and in other countries were praying for him, and Jesus, in response to those prayers, and in faithfulness to many words that He had spoken to Anthony, brought him on the road to recovery.  To hear Anthony share the account of his healing, listen to the video posted by his wife October 23, 2021 on her Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/laura.manzanares.77.  

Jeff Kennedy, senior pastor of Christ Community Church, had surgery in January of 2020 to remove part of his thyroid because of cancer.  The surgery was successful but affected his vocal cords, reducing his voice to a whisper. The church had a day of prayer and fasting for his healing on February 18 and then witnessed in the following two months God restoring his voice to full strength.  cmb

2021:  In January of 2021 while realizing the Covid-19 pandemic was going to hang on longer, Pastor Patrick Jones and his wife Kathy of Idaho Falls started UR His Church. UR His Church is an online-only church that serves 20+ people from six different states in weekly services, prayer, and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Westernsprings Cowboy Church and The Gathering are both spin-offs of Watersprings Church.  Westernsprings was founded by Pastor Scotty Brown; a brief bio of Scotty can be found on the webpage https://westernsprings.church/about-us/. The Gathering is led by a team that includes Pastor Alipio Amaral; see https://www.eastidahonews.com/2021/04/local-pastor-helps-form-new-church-and-shares-his-story-of-conversion-and-faith/  by Rett Nelson in East Idaho News, April 19, 2021 for the story of the start of The Gathering Church.  Reach Church is a plant of the Southern Baptists. Aaron Livingston and his family came to direct Young Life in the greater Idaho Falls area in 2021. pj/cmb/etw

2021 [Additional statement] Michelle Talaski joined the Watersprings team on their Mexico Mission trip, and then went to Eastern Europe as a long term missionary. Pastor Oscar Perdomo and his wife Leticia and daughter raised funds and on behalf of their churcFuente De Restauracion distributed them in El Salvador to (1) provide sewing machines and materials to two ministries that will teach women how to make products to sell in local markets (2) purchase supplies to build and operate a car wash so that one ministry can support itself and (3) purchased roofing materials so that a church can add on classrooms to their building, enabling kids to avoid a half hour walk to school and learn about Jesus. The Perdomos were encouraged by the love of Christ, the presence of the Spirit and the humility of the people in all the churches they visited. cmb


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  6. Looks good to me. What a wonderful story. First Evangelical Lutheran Church was started in the late 1800's. The office would have the particulars if you are interested.


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