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East Side History

After pastoring for several years in Gray, KY, Rev. Randall Lee held a two week revival in a barn located on the old Methodist campground in Corbin, KY.  That revival resulted in a small congregation who desired to start an independent pentecostal church in Corbin and they asked Rev. Lee to be their Pastor.  At the same time, there was a concrete block building located on the campground for sale.  The congregation decided to purchase the old building to be used as a house of worship.  On the first Sunday in September, 1976 the East Side Tabernacle Church held their first official service in that block building.  Their original intent was to stay there through the winter and build a new buidling on the same property.  As the winter progressed, the congregation grew to approximately 80 people.  Pastor Lee had personally purchased a piece of property in a better location on Campground Road.  Both the church and pastor felt that this would be a more suitable building site for the new facility.  Construction was completed in the fall of 1977 and on November 21st the first service was held in the brand new building.   

In 1990, the East Side congregation voted to join the Church of God, Cleveland Assembly.  The church continued to grow and prosper under the leadership of Pastor Lee.  The existing facility had continued to serve their needs.  However, in 2007, an opportunity was presented to the congregation to purchase a partially completed church facility, situated on 9 acres, with road frontage on US Hwy 25 S (Old London Hwy).  Considering the previous growth and envisioning the future, Pastor Lee and the congregation voted to make the purchase and relocate.  Today, approximately 200 people assemble weekly to worship in the new 20,000 square foot facility that God has blessed us with.  The congregation continues to grow and God is still doing great things at East Side Church of God.  Rev. Randall Lee , along with his wife, Verna, continues to serve as the Senior Pastor.  The Lees have been ministering to the needs of the people of the Corbin community for over 45 years.