of True Light Christian Fellowship is now etched in history.
of 1996, four families and a couple of interested saints began
to gather together and discuss what everyone felt the Holy Spirit
of God seemed to be indicating to them- the time to organize
a new fellowship had come, and the time to step out in faith
was upon them. The group began to pray
and seek God, not wanting to move in their own strength. After
all, anyone could "start" a church, and declare God's blessing
upon it without even hearing from Him. This group didn't want to
make that mistake, so they moved cautiously and prayerfully.
In January of
1997, the group of saints unanimously decided that their undershepherd
should be Ronson C. Hall, and Jodie E. McGarity, Sr. his assistant.
They also agreed that the name of the church would be True Light
Christian Fellowship, finding the name's biblical base in the
book of John, the first chapter and the ninth verse referring to
the person of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:
was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the
world. (John 1:9, King James Version)
to plan and pray, and then agreed it would be fitting that the first
official worship service be Palm Sunday, March 23rd. Along the way,
Brothers Hall and McGarity sought out and received helpful and blessed
instruction & counsel from Rev. Jim O'Neil and Rev. Dick Dickson
from Alamo City Christian Fellowship, Rev. John Kyle, Minister Jack
Jennings, Rev. Louis & Beverly Kaupp of Covenant Church, and
Rev. Charles McIntyre of Pool of Siloam Baptist Church.
The church successfully
reached an agreement with Ella Austin Community Center to use their
auditorium each Sunday, and shortly thereafter began to have Bible
Study in various members' homes on Wednesday nights. True Light
Christian Fellowship's "charter members" were: Pastor
Ronson C. and Cathy Hall and their four daughters; Assistant Pastor
Jodie E. McGarity, Sr., his wife Vanessa and their four children;
Brother Chris & Joann Knox and their two children; Sister RosaLinda
Draker & her husband, Mark, and brother David & Lisa Schoellhorn
and their two children.
Under the leadership
of Pastor Hall and the hard work and diligence of the members, the
church continued to grow in love and in attendance! The agreement
between TLCF and Ella Austin expired, and after talking to a gentleman
named Anthony Nicholas, Rev. Jodie found a potential new home for
True Light -in a building where Mr. Nicholas' family ran their barbecue
restaurant! The church members agreed to the location, and Lubaby's
Barbecue at 335 Austin Rd. behind Ft. Sam Houston found a "warm
spot" in the hearts of True Light. TLCF held Sunday Worship
in this location from June 23, 1997 until the restaurant closed
in February of 1999.
The church had
experienced steady, strong growth and after spending one Sunday
at the Copernicus Recreation Center on Lord Rd., God mightily blessed
TLCF to reach an agreement with Pastor Jim Grant and the members
of Beacon Hill Baptist Church to take up occupancy in the "Educational
Wing" of their campus. After some reasonable amounts of hard
work, repairs, old-fashioned "elbow grease" and a lot
of love, TLCF held their first service in the facility on February
21, 1999. For the first time, the church enjoyed enough room in
a facility to hold all its activities in one building.
The church is now anticipating the
completion of a new worship center and is temporarily holding services
at Hawthorn Suites Inn, 6900 IH 35 North (The Lone Star Room) until
their church is ready.
True Light Christian
Fellowship, under the anointing of God and the direction of the
Holy Spirit continues to thrive, seeing men, women, boys and girls
come to a saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Through clear, direct preaching and teaching, and our array of outreach
ministries and the sweet fellowship of the saints, TLCF holds our
years of existence up to the Lord to thank Him for his many blessings
toward us. We humbly and earnestly resolve as a part of the "called
out assembly" to continue to "Illuminate the soul by rightly
dividing the Word!
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