Hello and thanks for checking out our web page! We have many new and exciting things going on in the church as we watch God move and expand the ministry. We've seen The Lord unfold a work that only he could do.
Pastor Tom Velie and his wife Rachel pastored a church out of town for 18 years and was a part of that church for 27 years all together. The Lord began to speak through many preachers leading them to start a work in their home town. As you can imagine it took them by surprise not knowing how or what exactly the Lord was leading them into. Nevertheless when God says go, you go. After praying and receiving specific direction from God they started a church in the living room of their double wide trailer.
Fully trusting in God and his direction, the very first service there consisted of 21 people, a small Sound System, and a Microphone donated to the new work. We then realized a few couches and love seats in the living room were not going to be enough. So we spread out across town looking for someone to donate Chairs, Pews, Music Stands or anything we could find to help out. At the end of the day we collected about 25 Steel Rusty Chairs and found a Podium in the trash out by the road. With a little Paint and TLC, we used the chairs for several months. We then had 130 Padded Church Chairs donated to us by another church. We also had a chance to buy $10,000 worth of Sound Equipment for $3,500 from a church that was closing up. Pastor Velie took up an offering and said, “God just might have the money for that sound equipment right here tonight.” A visitor from another church came over and said my pastor sent me to give this to you. It was a check for the exact amount we needed. Along the way people we didn't even know was calling donating Pianos, Organs, etc. In a matter of 9 months we went from 21 people to an average of 130 people and from having nothing to having all we needed and more. When God says GO, you simply GO! We then moved into the middle of town in an old attorney's office and started a radio outreach through WOKC.
We out grew that building rapidly fast. So we all began to fast and pray for a Building we could Go and Grow in! In just a few months, a member of the church called Pastor Velie and informed him of a Large Store Front that came available that day. An appointment was made to take a look at it. When we looked at it, it was a total wreck! At one point it was a Bar, then it was a Used Furniture Store. It had bright green and orange painted walls with holes everywhere! The worst odor was in the air and there was trash everywhere with stuff smeared on the walls and glass. Nevertheless, we needed a building and God worked out a deal so it became ours.
We called several Church Work Days to clean it up. Adding walls to better suit a Church and a lot of paint, we then began to have church there. A lot of people said we were crazy and would ask; who has church in a Double Wide, or an Old Attorney's Office, or an Old Bar? The fact is, God was Moving, Healing, Restoring Families and Marriages, and Delivering people from All kinds of Drugs. Cigarette’s were being left at the Altar, Alcoholics were set free, and there were people being Delivered from Life Styles of Fornication and Adultery. God was continually moving with such momentum that we didn't care what we had to do to keep going. We just knew we were going to continue to follow God’s instruction and do what we had to in order to see God move. We stayed in the Store Front for 6 years and watched God do miraculous things! Stability and faithfulness came to those that came off the streets. Placing roots within the church to stand above all odds and attacks of the enemy! Nonetheless we were still in search for a place to call our own. A door soon opened for a Church Building within city limits. It needed some work but after praying and getting the mind of God in the situation, we knew it was God’s will to pursue. Again God met us in working out a deal for the Church. We are now settled in and seeing God move in multiple areas far above our own means.