Our church was founded by Reverend William S. Synan under the direction of Reverend Allen Childress on September 17, 1967. Reverend Synan moved from West Virginia, to Chantilly to find work. He began his ministry in Northern Virginia as Pastor of a small church in Ashburn, for a short time, and as Sunday School Superintendent at the Herndon Church of God under Pastor Allen Childress before coming to Manassas.
He shared much of the following about our church history in a homecoming service held here on September 20, 1998. Tom and Rachel Hopkins petitioned the Virginia State Headquarters to allow a church to begin in Manassas with Reverend Synan as Pastor. Our church was set forth in the Hopkins’ home in 1967 by Reverend Allen Childress with Reverend Synan as Pastor with about 8 members. Many of the members, especially Sister Rachel Hopkins, worked with great enthusiasm for the growth of the church. Our attendance grew to an average of 40 members for Sunday School and Evening Worship during this time and even had 100 in attendance for Sunday School once.
The church moved from the members home to a vacant house on route 234 and land was purchased on Portner Avenue. The Church of God Virginia State Headquarters placed a Mobile Chapel on the lot until plans could be made to build. While in the Chapel, our church experienced great growth, many were saved and filled with the Holy Ghost, and we had mighty spiritual services.
The congregation began to build the church on Portner Avenue in 1971. Most of the manual labor and building was done by members of our church. Pastor Synan, church members, and volunteers from Manassas worked tirelessly together building the church. As Pastor Synan talked about the many miracles God had provided in establishing Portner Avenue Church of God, during the Homecoming service, he concluded saying, “this is how God has blessed us.” The church was built to seat 260 people in our beautiful Sanctuary with Offices, Bathrooms and a Nursery on the upper level. A large Fellowship Hall, Sunday School Rooms, Bathrooms and a Kitchen on the lower level. We now enjoy worshipping in this beautiful building because of Reverend Synan's vision. Pastor Synan retired in May of 1989 and moved back to West Virginia after serving here for over 22 years.
Our church changed it’s name to Soul’s Harbor Church of God in 1992 to proclaim our vision to be a safe harbor for the lost. The Lord has since blessed us with another wonderful family, Pastor Tony, Kathy, Stephanie and Jonathan Willis. They share the same burden for reaching the lost of Manassas as did our founders. We are proud of our past, and excited about our future.