Following the Civil War, Daniel S. Warner became a part of thia group. He seperated from the Ohio Eldership over the doctrines of Sanctification (living a HOLY life) He found fellowship in Indiana, but in 1880, seperated from "all man-made forms of church government" His followers later became what are usually referred to as "First Church of God"
Many other groups thruoghout the nation also took up the title "Church of God" (specifically the Pentecostal group from Cleveland, Tennessee.
Locally, Church of God congregations formed at Russells Point, West Liberty, Bellefontaine, Ridgway, and the old Mt. Tabor neighborhood.
There were eventually three congregations in the DeGraff area. Sister Yoder and Brother McDonald were active in those groups
Around 1948, or in the early 50's the old church burned. at about the same time Nolan Bogart came to Mt. Tabor. Ralph Shellenbarger was at Russells Point. Both of these men had VERY strict ideas of personal discipline and life style. Both had issues with the national church leadership. Both urged their congregations to seperate from "Anderson" At the same time there was a split involving Bro. Wilson of Newark, Ohio. This is when Mt. Tabor went it's seperate way from other mainstream "Church of Gods"
In the early 1970's Nolan Bogart personally attacked the ministry of Rev. Tom Smith of the Bellefontaine First Church of God, and attempted to split his congregation. MANY families were divided by this action. MANY hurts are not healed to this day.
Enuff for now.