Our story is an amazing one filled with numerous examples of God's hand of faithfulness. On Sunday, June 2, 2002, Life Church was launched under the leadership of Terren & Shinista Anderson. Following the call of God upon their lives to pioneer a work in the "hub" of Southeastern Oklahoma, Pastor Terren & Shinista, after much prayer, seeking counsel, and remaining sensitive to the perfect will of God, opened the doors to 56 people who became known as Life Church.
Four months later 145 people were crowded into our first facility on West Hereford Lane. Overwhelmed with the response of people longing for a place they could come and worship God no matter their background, no matter what they had done, Life Church began looking for a bigger place to meet.
October of 2002 we began meeting in downtown McAlester at 101 E. Choctaw, a former Drug Store, which caused us to be known as "the Drug Store Church!" We celebrated our 1st Anniversary at that location with over 300 in attendance, it was obvious God was up to something!
By our 2nd Anniversary, Life Church had secured 30 E. Choctaw, the old Anthony's Building across the street, to accommodate the exciting growth. But the greatest miracle our young church had ever experienced came just 26 days after our second anniversary when Life Church purchased 11.5 acres of land on Highway 69, known as George Nigh Expressway, DEBT FREE! Once again, God proved His faithfulness to His people and now we finally had a place to call home.
On Sunday, June 3, 2007, over 600 people attended the first service in our brand-new facility to celebrate our 5thAnniversary. It was an amazing day! Six months after moving in, Life Church purchased the land on both sides of its current property securing a 24 acre campus dedicated to reaching the un-churched of Southeastern Oklahoma. By our 7th Anniversary, an additional 17,000 square foot space was constructed in order to better accommodate effective ministry to children and teenagers.
In the Summer of 2014, an Internet Campus was launched on lifechurchok.com reaching people all over the world with Life Experiences LIVE every week. Because of this launch Life Church has grown from the original 56 attendees to 1,000 weekly in attendance.
The future is exciting and clear. The same God that worked so many miracles in our early days is still doing even greater things today. With a vision of reaching people with God’s love, Pastor Terren, along with the Pastoral Staff and all the faithful people who make up Life Church are doing whatever it takes to help people experience and know God’s love for them. If you are ever in our area, feel free to drop in at McAlester located at 1300 S. George Nigh Expressway or Online at www.lifechurchok.com at 9:30 & 11 am CST.
Newborn infants up to 6th Grade enjoy LifeKidz with its leadership and volunteers working hard to provide a place in which your young one will discover Christ. 7th - 12th Grade enjoys ONElife Student Ministries designed to reach young people through lasting relationships and relevant teaching. While our children and students are experiencing God, the adults worship in auditoriums designed with state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video technology used to share the Good News. Life Church's mission is to accept, love, heal, disciple, and send people into their God-given destiny to reach others.
Great days are ahead for this church marked by God's faithfulness. We celebrate the past and press on toward a future full of loving people. Our story is amazing, but the greatest story yet to be told may just be YOU! We hope hear from you soon! We are Southeastern Oklahoma's Life Church! It's not just church...it's LIFE!