Arizona DeVane was born on January 27, 1956. He is a native of Ivanhoe, North Carolina. Arizona attended Bland Elementary, Clear Run Jr. High, and graduated from Union High School in 1974. He joined the Army after high school and shortly thereafter married his high school sweetheart, Annette, on December 20, 1974. The couple had a son the following year.
Arizona was deployed to Korea for a year. Upon his return, he became a Drill Sergeant and his family was stationed in Columbia, SC. Here, their daughter was born in 1980. From Columbia, Arizona and his family were stationed at Hanau, Germany; Lawton, Oklahoma; and Wertheim, Germany. In Wertheim (1990) Arizona got saved at Peden Gospel Worship. From Wertheim, Arizona was stationed at Newburgh, New York. There, he retired after 20 years of service and then moved back to Columbia, SC (1994).
Arizona went to school at Midlands Tech. College and later started his own business, DeVane's Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. While attending Dentsville Church of God, Arizona accepted his call into the ministry (1998). He became an ordained minister and became the Assistant Pastor at his church. He later became a bishop (2005). In August 2005, Bishop Arizona DeVane became the pastor of Elgin Church of God.
MESSAGE FROM OUR FIRST LADY
My name is Annette DeVane, I am the First Lady and minister @ ECOG. I am also a wife and mother of two; and I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, body, and soul. My heart is to minister through the word of God to the body of God’s people…especially women.
I was raised in a small rural town in the state of NC in a family of 7 brothers and sisters. Not realizing where my life would take me, I went to church only because my mother told me to. I knew of God but did not know him. I married and traveled with my active duty military husband. We moved to Germany, and little did I know that our time there would be when I would really get to know the Lord. In 1989, I had an encounter with the Lord just like Saul did on the road of Damascus. This experience changed my life forever. In 1994 I accepted my calling into the ministry to preach God’s word. In May of 1997, I received a BA degree in Biblical Studies through Truth Bible College & Seminary. After going through the MIP program in 2005, I received my ordination license under the denomination of The Church of God. I have ministered in some local churches, and always have an outlet to minister the word of God in my home church under the pastoral leadership of my husband, Bishop Arizona DeVane.
The Women’s Discipleship of ECOG meets once every quarter, for a time of fun, fellowship and a time of studying the word of God. Come on out and join us! Please feel free to contact me at:
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