This Sunday morning, to the glory of God, Tanglewood Bible Fellowship will celebrate 30 years of ministry. From day one, TBF has been a venture (and an adventure) in God’s sustaining grace, said Dr. Brad McCoy, pastor.

“In the summer of 1976, a handful of Christian believers in Duncan prayerfully gathered in the home of Bill and Jo Dickinson to organize a new church that would focus not on any one denomination but instead would be rooted in dependence and demonstration of the grace of God across denominations.

“For 30 years now, the church has been made up of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds, united by their faith in the Savior and by a desire to both grow and to reproduce spiritually.”

TBF has always tried to focus on the basics of biblical Christianity, McCoy said. These are Bible study; fellowship; worship; prayer and evangelism/world missions. TBF’s philosophy of ministry has been purpose-driven such that when the church is gathered for its major services on Sundays and Wednesdays, its major purpose is edification of believers so that as the church scatters, the believers who make up the body of the church are catalyzed to live as salt and light in a spiritually dying and dark world as they live out and share their faith in Jesus Christ in the real world.

McCoy will celebrate his 18th anniversary of pastor of the congregation in December.

“The church was here for 12 years before we got here, and will continue long after we’re gone, but it has been a fun ride. It’s a great place to raise a family,” he said.

“Highlights have been numerous over the last 30 years but a select few would include calling Dr. Mike Kempainen to be the first pastor of the church in 1977; being involved in its first ‘hands on’ international mission trip in the summer of 1991; participating in the Duncanwide Jesus Video Project in 1995; sending a large team of TBFers to do mission work in Harbin, China, in the summer of 2004 and organizing a Biblical study tour of Israel and Jordan in May of 2006.”

On Sunday morning, the church will formally celebrate God’s grace over its 30-year history. This celebration will take place at the Boulder Campsite (near the Forty Foot Hole) in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. A carpool/caravan will leave the church parking lot at North Fifth Street and Camelback at 9:30 a.m. Worship services in the Wichita Mountains will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tommy Lovett will lead the church in 30 minutes of praise and worship, followed by a brief message by McCoy. After services, there will be a cookout fellowship.

For information, call the church office at 580-252-3365 or call Shawn and Lisa Lemons at 255-6713.

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