Our History

The Beacon of Hope Church was established as the First Assembly of God Church of Vandalia, MO  in 1973.  The prior year, a small group of families began meeting at the Faith Tabernacle Church on Sunday afternoons, later they moved to the VFW Hall which is now the Modern Maturity Building. 

The Church Opens

Official church services were started on Sunday,  January 7, 1973, with a week long Revival Meeting.

Over the following years, six ministers served as pastors:  

  • Rev. Kenneth Figard                 1973 - 1980
  • Rev. George Bingham          1980 - 1986
  • Rev. Rick Krietemeyers         1986 - 1988
  • Rev. Bill Hollis                          1988 - 2005
  • Rev. Dean Frey                        2006 - 2017
  • Rev. Nathan Geesey              2017 - Present

The Church moved into a Small House

601 E US Hwy 54

A  house on the corner of Harris Street and 54 Highway became Beacon of Hope's first church building.

Small Platform in the Corner of the Room

Split Auditorium

The interior walls of the house were removed to create an auditorium.

Expansion of the Building

The roof and siding was removed.

A new roof and walls were added.

Parts of the original house was retained within the new structure.

Transformation Complete

Pews were donated in 1983 by a church in Wright City that had been hit by a tornado.

Vacation Bible School

Each year the church provided a week long VBS for the Vandalia community.

Many of current adults of Vandalia attended the annual VBS when they were children.