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About us

TriPoint Church of God has been serving the community of Alpena Michigan since 1927. What began as a burden on the heart of John Kolar in 1925 was joyously revealed in 1927. In 1927, through Brother Kolar's faithfulness and God's provision, this congregation began to grow. What began in Cottage Prayer Meetings grew, and in a short period of time, this young church outgrew the home that they were meeting in. They were able to secure a building to rent, that was a former "saloon." The members moved in, did some cleaning up and renamed the old saloon. The new name became the "Gospel Hall." God continued to add to the members of the church and it outgrew the Gospel Hall and moved to the old Lockwood School building on the corner of Fourth and Lewis streets. The church remained at this location for 33 years. In 1968, the congregation broke ground on the current building and held the first services in this facility on November 23rd, 1969.

In the 1950's the members of the church began a re-enactment of the Nativity scene and has continued that tradition since. Every December, we dress in costumes, bring in goats, and a donkey and act out the events that took place around the birth of our Savior. The community is always invited to this event and thousands have come to see our "Living Nativity."


Through ups and downs, there has been a faithful core of believers that have prayed, served and loved this community and continues to seek ways that we can engage with our neighbors.

Meet our Pastors:

Pastors Mike and Emily moved to Alpena in October of 2014. They have two active boys and both are very involved in our community.

Pastor Mike is a graduate of Mid America Christian University and has a Bachelors of Science in Christian Ministries. He enjoys hunting, fishing and exploring this beautiful region of Michigan, and spending time with his family.

Pastor Emily is enrolled at Alpena Community College and is working towards a degree in Business Management and Leadership. She is an avid reader, a diehard Cubs fan and serves as the Center Director of Option's Pregnancy Center, where she ministers to all who walk through their doors.

Pastor Mike and Pastor Emily are currently serving on the Boards of Community organizations and the Church of God in Michigan Committees. 

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Mike Potter
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Emily Potter

Youth Pastor

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