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.