Why visit AWFchurch?

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AWFchurch Mission

Our Mission

Love in action...without judgement.

Our Story

In the Beginning

It all began with a dream, one planted in the heart of Pastor Mark Young. After years of owning and operating several successful businesses, he was called to step into a new season of his life, one in which Abiding Word Fellowship Church (AWFchurch) would be birthed.

The First Service

Fast forward two years and AWFchurch holds its first service March 30, 2008 in a hotel conference room in Claremore, OK. Excitement was in the air, the room was full, and God was present. We couldn't have asked for a better start. However, we soon found that growth was hindered by our location, and we were not too fond of setting up and tearing down equipment week after week.

Owasso Becomes Home

The challenges before us opened up an opportunity to move into our own permanent location in Owasso, OK. We gladly made the move and have found that Owasso is where we belong. We love serving our community, but it does not stop there.

Our Outreach Grows

Pastor Mark was involved in overseas missions before AWFchurch was birthed. His passion for the mission field continues to burn as strong as ever. This led to a fundraising effort in 2012 which successfully funded a new church to be built in the Philippines. Following completion of the new building, seven people from AWFchurch were sent 8,200 miles to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the Filipino people. This is just the start of what we will continue to do overseas.

Just Getting Started

No matter what happens, we will not give up on what God has called us to do. Our mission will forever remain the same: Love in action...without judgement. It was love that sent Jesus to die for us so that we could have a relationship with God and experience an amazing life that will never end. It is our desire to express the same unconditional love to everyone we encounter.

Our Pastor

Mark Young is the founder and senior pastor of AWFchurch along with his wife, Gena. Together, they have experienced over 29 years of marriage and are the proud parents of four kids.

Before starting AWFchurch, Mark operated a successful heating and cooling business. He has also found success as a landlord, owning several rental houses in the Tulsa area.

Mark has been involved in ministry almost all of his life. His life experience with family, business, and ministry provide a great foundation for an amazing pastor.

Our Team

Worship Leader

Kade has been leading AWFchurch in worship from the very beginning. His vision of leading others into the presence of God has resulted in a church that is sincere in its worship.

Kids Ministry Leader

Beth has a heart that overflows with love for kids. Her passion has blessed AWFchurch with a kids ministry that truly changes lives; not just the kids lives, but the teachers as well.

Hospitality Team Leader

Kandis is passionate about making guests and regular attendees feel welcome and at home every time they visit AWFchurch.

Evangelist

Mark Sherwood is a bodybuilding champion traveling the world spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. His passion is to encourage and grow the church by putting God's love in to action. Learn more about his ministry, 4E Foundation.

Our Beliefs

The Bible

The Bible is the infallible, unchangeable Word of God. (Revelation 22:18-19)

Eternal Life

Accepting and living for Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is the only way to receive eternal life in heaven. (John 3:16-17)

The Trinity

God is three united persons in one; The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18-20)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit comes to live in us when we accept Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:17), but there is also a separate outpouring of the Holy Spirit that is available to all believers (Acts 2:1-4)

Water Baptism

Water baptism is not a requirement for eternal life, it is simply an outward expression of an inward change. (Acts 22:15-16)

Our Kids

AWFchurch set out to reach young adults from the very beginning, and as you know, with young adults come lots of kids! When it comes to kids, security is at the top of our list. Every teacher and nursery worker is required to go through an application process which includes a background check. We want to make sure that your kids are safe from the moment you walk in the door.

Your kids will not only have fun at AWFchurch, but they will become confident that God loves them no matter what, preparing them for a close and intimate walk with God throughout their entire life.

What to Expect

Whether you've been going to church for years or just giving this "church thing" a whirl for the very first time, you may find us quite different from the typical norms and ideas often associated with church. We do this intentionally and with each person in mind! From the simple look of our building, to our most casual clothing, our loving greeters, and our great tasting coffee...we desire to welcome everyone, simply because you belong.

Hearts are being transformed week after week through powerful teaching and sincere worship. AWFchurch is a place filled with imperfect people being taught victory in Jesus regardless of cultural differences, backgrounds, or circumstances. Do not worry about putting on your "church face", because AWFchurch is love in action...without judgement. So come, and be yourself. We absolutely can't wait to meet you!

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