Philadelphia Church of God is a nondenominational Christian organization based in—wait for it—Oklahoma City. The name is derived from “Phila,” which means brotherly love, mentioned in the book of Revelation.
Approximately 5,000 people are part of Philadelphia Church of God faith communities—3,000 of them are in the United States and Canada, and the remaining 2,000 are on other continents.
Jason Cocomise, Philadelphia Church of God’s national conference planning director, is tasked with coordinating the Feast of Tabernacles. This comprehensive event includes six regional conferences in the states, which happen simultaneously. Feast of Tabernacles brings a combined estimated economic impact of more than $4 million annually, filling more than 10,000 room nights per year.
The conference gatherings, which happen each fall on dates based on the Hebrew lunisolar calendar, are for groups of 200 to 700, depending on location and space availability. Conference locations for this fall include Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, Oklahoma; Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida; Hyatt Regency Lexington in Kentucky; Courtyard Lake George in New York; Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa in California; and Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington.
“We try to pick peaceful settings where people can reflect and retreat,” says Cocomise. “The conference speakers focus on the idea of a better world that’s coming, so it’s all positive and filled with hope.”