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Our History

The Good Shepherd Preschool HistoryHighway Assembly of God began in the early fifties as a home missions church of the Potomac District. Rev. John Bryant and Rev. Eugene Wolfe were among several commuting ministers who held meetings in a small, one-room “portable tabernacle” on Claiborne Ave. in Chatham Heights.

In 1955, Rev. Bob and Ruth Revell assumed the pastorate of the small church. After meeting in the portable tabernacle for several years, the church sold the Chatham property for $4,000 and purchased the old Falmouth Baptist Church building on the Rt. 1 highway just across the Falmouth Bridge for the astronomical sum of $10,000.

There for over nine years, Pastor Bob and Ruth lived in an apartment built in the back of the church. These rooms, including bedrooms, also served as Sunday School rooms, fellowship hall, or whatever. Later, the Revells were able to build a house on a small lot “next door” that also served for Sunday school space and a fellowship hall. It also provided some parking.

In the early 1970s, the church began the long process of purchasing the current property adjacent to Jefferson Davis Highway, and designing a new facility. After fruitlessly looking for a contractor who could build within the church’s financial means, the congregation decided to take on the task themselves.

Blessed with expertise, craftsmanship, and equipment that God provided – including an assistant pastor who was first class mason, a director of youth who was a plumber, and some people who were not afraid of holes or heights – the congregation was able to move into the fellowship hall in July 1979 and then into the sanctuary on Easter of 1980.

Pastor and Ruth Revell retired in October 1989, and were followed by Rev. Orville and Lucille Thomas. Rev. Tom and Anna Godfrey became our pastors in the Fall of 1994 and were succeeded by Rev. Derel and Diane Peterson in April 1997. After Pastor Peterson resigned in late spring of 1999, Rev. Dick and Catherine Jackson became the church’s pastors in June 1999. Pastor Dick had been a part of Highway Assembly of God since 1980, when he first moved to Fredericksburg.

Pastor Jackson retired from the pastorate in June 2019, and in September, Mike McDonald was elected by the congregation as the new senior pastor. Pastor Mike had previously served on the pastoral staff at Highway for nearly 20 years as minister of music, youth pastor and young adult pastor.

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2221 Jefferson Davis Highway Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

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