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The Way of Holiness Church

Arlis and J. B. Murrell


Our church was organized in 1960,  as Arlis and J.B. Murrell were conducting prayer meetings in their home.  Feeling the need for a building, they rented a store front at 817 Johnston Street, Akron, Ohio.  This became the first home of  "The Way of Holiness Church."  In May, 1961 they started with twenty-five members.  Soon they grew out of the store front and decided to buy a building for a permanent location.  They purchased a building at 641 South Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio as their new location for the next 14 years.  The church grew in numbers and fellowship with many other churches in that area.  During this time, the Murrells helped establish other churches in Canton, Ohio and Pikeville, Kentucky, and assisted in street meetings.

In 1978 Brother and Sister Murrell were led by the Lord to open a church in Buckhannon, West Virginia.  They purchased the old school house on Turkey Run Road.  They remodeled it and added on several additions as the church grew.

In 1984 their son, Jerry J. Murrell, accepted his calling from God, and was anointed Pastor of the church.  Pastor Jerry and the people had a vision of a new building along a highway and in 1990 the building fund was started, and now, thanks to much prayer and hard work, God has blessed us with the present church on Rt. 33, Buckhannon, WV.


"Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: Praise Him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with the stringed instruments and organs.  Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals." (Psalm 150:3-5)

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Why Do We Stand When We Sing?
     "And the Levites ... of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of israel with a loud voice  on high."  (2 Chronicles 20:19)

Why Do We Clap Our Hands?
      "O clap your hands, all ye people, shout unto God with the voice of triumph."  (Psalm 47:1)

Why Do We Have Audible Praise Unto God?
     "Bless the Lord, O my soul? and all that is within me, bless His holy name." (Palm 103:1)  "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." (Palm 34:1)

Why Do We Sing in Tongues and in English?
     "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, buy my understanding is fruitful.  What is it then?  I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also:  I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also." (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)

Why Do We have This Type of Worship?
     "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true wrshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.  God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth." (John 4:23-24)

Why Are Musical Instruments A Part of the Worship Service?
     "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: Praise Him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with the stringed instruments and organs.  Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals." (Psalm 150:3-5)

Why Do We Sing Choruses as Well as Hymns?
     "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:18-19)

Why Do We Anoint with Oil and Pray for the Sick?
     "Is any sick among you?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him." (James 5:14-14)

Why Do We have Speaking with Other Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues in the Church?
     "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." (1 Corinthians 14:39)  "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal...To another divers kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues." (1 Corinthians 12:7,10)

Why Do Some Wave Banners in Worship?
     "We will shout for joy when you are victrious and will lift up our banners in the name of God." (Psalm 20:5)

Why Do We Dance Before the Lord?
     "Praise Him with timbrel and dance: Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs." (Psalm 150:4)  "Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praise unto Him with timbrel and harp." (Psalm 149:3)


Rt. 33 West, 2337 Old Weston Rd.
Buckhannon, WV 26201  

Ph:  304-472-5727
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The Way Of Holiness Church (Is. 35:8) is a ministry ordained of God the Father, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the Leadership of the Holy Ghost.

The sole purpose of this ministry is the advancement of the body and kingdom of Jesus Christ in the earth.

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"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness." Isaiah 35:8
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