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History of Christianity Teaching Conference

February 22 @ 9:30 am - February 23 @ 4:30 pm EST


Wednesday, February 22, 2023
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

Thursday, February 23, 2023
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET


As a faith that spans the whole world and is inclusive to peoples of all backgrounds and nationalities, Christianity has a rich and culturally expansive history. In the 2000 years since Christ’s advent, the church has developed from a collection of disciples and eyewitnesses to a diverse, multinational force of influence, culture, and ideas. There are almost countless denominations – with some estimates including tens of thousands of unique organizations. With traditions that many of us take for granted and such a wide array of practices, doctrines, and beliefs, it’s imperative that we trace our heritage and learn about the origins of what we believe. Why does your church do the things it does, and how did humanity play a role in shaping Christianity as it appears today? Join Dr. Michael Reynolds in a comprehensive deep dive of 2000 years of the church and how we arrived at our current state.


Michael D. Reynolds, D.Min.
Director of Ministerial Development
Church of God
Division of Education

Dr. Michael D. Reynolds joined the Division of Education at Church of God International Offices as the director of Ministerial Development and the project director of the Lilly Initiative in October 2018.

Dr. Reynolds has served as an associate professor of Christian Ministries at Trinity College and affiliate professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also served as the executive director and associate dean of Trinity International University at the South Chicago Regional Campus in Dolton, IL.

He served as senior pastor of New Life Celebration Church of God in Dolton, Illinois, from 1992 to 2020. This church planted eight churches and has an elementary school that serves the community children from pre-school to 8th grade.

He serves as the president of the New Life Urban Educational Center, which is a discipleship arm for the church. In addition to his local responsibilities, he serves as chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Dr. Reynolds and his wife, Erica, have been married since 1981 and have four lovely children—Michael II, Celenna, Jonathan, Cicely Reynolds, and are grandparents to four children: Michael Reynolds III, Chloe Reynolds, and Eric and Levi Loggins.


  • Main entry doors open at 8:30 AM ET.
  • Doors to the studio will close at 9:30 AM ET to begin recording. Please arrive early enough to find a seat and get comfortable.
  • There will be complimentary coffee provided. Bottled water and snacks will be available for donation of any amount.
  • There will be a lunch break and there are several great restaurants nearby.
  • ISOW will have products for sale.
  • No recording devices allowed.
  • No childcare provided.
  • This teaching will BE LIVESTREAMED, but will not be archived. It will, however, eventually be offered as part of an ISOW course.


Exit # 27 (Paul Huff Exit) Same Exit as ISOW Facility

Holiday Inn Express
4355 Holiday Inn Express Way
Cleveland TN 37312
(423) 790-1199

Hampton Inn
4355 Frontage Road
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 458-1222

Baymont Inn & Suites
360 Paul Huff Pkwy
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 614-5583

Ramada Limited
156 Jame Asbury RD NW
Cleveland, TN 37312

Quality Inn
153 James Asbury Rd NW
Cleveland, TN 37312

Exit # 25 (25th Street Exit) 1 Exit South of ISOW Facility

Fairfield Inn & Suites Cleveland
2813 Westside Drive
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 664-2501

Comfort Inn & Suites
107 Interstate Drive NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 339-1000

Wingate by Wyndham
110 Interstate Drive NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 478-1212

Howard Johnson
2595 Georgetown Rd NW
Cleveland, TN 37311

Douglas Inn & Suites
2600 Westside Dr. NW
Cleveland, TN 37312

Clarion Inn
185 James Asbury Drive NW
Cleveland, TN
(423) 559-1001

Exit # 11 (Ooltewah Exit) Between Cleveland and Chattanooga

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
6274 Artesian Circle
Ooltewah, TN 37363
(423) 591-8500

Hampton Inn
6145 Weir Way
Ooltewah, TN 37363
(423) 305-6800

Campground Information

KOA Campground
Chattanooga North/Cleveland 648 Pleasant Grove Road
Cleveland, TN 37353
(423) 472-8928


February 22 @ 9:30 am EST
February 23 @ 4:30 pm EST
Event Category:


International School of the Word


International School of the Word
340 Paul Huff Parkway
Cleveland, TN 37312 United States
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