God is Up to Something

By Lisa Fitts
By Herbert Yoo
By Cymone Canada
By Dave Grogan
By Arnie Fenton
By Dan Millner
By Alex Joseph
By Samantha Harton
By Bailey Catone
By Colin Campbell
By Barb Harris
By Mark Mercer
By Sereena Bexley
By Vennecia Jackson
By Mary Lata Thottukadavil
By Michael Agnew
By Kristie Davis
By AJ Jerkins
By Caroline Smiley
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Dawn Johnson
By DJ Newman
By Mary Weyand
By Rob Nickell
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Nila Odom
By Sherene Joseph Rajadurai
By Kristi Sheffy
By Sharon Arrington
By Sarah Crawford
By Betsy Paul
By Angel Piña
By Elizabeth Piña
By Chris Kuykendall
By Matt Holland
By Jessie Yearwood
By Brian Severski
By Brian Arrington
By Will Meier
By Clint Calhoun
By Jen Mayes
By Jim Henry
By Kevin Harwood
By Leah Vanhorn
By Janett Miller
By Isaac Harris
By Chad Golden
By Jonathan Cortina
By Kuruvilla (K.O.) Oommen
By John Dyer
By Abe Paul
By Lauren Geppert
By Jennifer Durrett
By Jill Asibelua
By Jared Barnett
By Paul Martin
By Norm Headlam
By Kristi Herring
By Sissy Mathew
By Shannon Pugh
By Al Palamara
By Michelle Garza
By Armando Galvan
By Camille Holland
By Rod Myers
By Crystal Elwell
By Darcy Peterson
By Jason Elwell
By Barry Jones
By Bryan Eck
By Tricia Kinsman
By Craig Pierce
By Jim Woodward
By Andy McQuitty
By Kevin Dial
By Corbin Pierce
By Claire St. Amant
By Julie K. Rhodes
By Anonymous
By Jasmine Bibbs
By Debra Fournerat
By Kat Armstrong
By Jeffery Link
By Courtney Faucett
By Lenae Moore
By Tiffany Stein
By Andy Webb
By Catherine Boyle
By Catherine & Elizabeth Downing
By Gerald Ridgway
By Jill Hoenig
By Sunitha John
By Tarrin Henry
By RozeLee Rugh
By Beverly Hogan
By Kendra Cordero
By Lisa Gajewski
By Bonnie Goree
By Young-Sam Won
By Chris Beach
By Tom Rugh
By Nick Vuicich
By Andy Franks
By Lead Team
By Jason Roszhart
By Harvard Medical School
By Justin K. Hughes, MA, LPC
By Sherene Joseph
By Earl Davidson
By Rebecca Perry
By Joe Padilla
By Christian Melendez
By Bruce Riley
By Isaac Harris
By Amy Leadabrand
By Ben Haile
By Shaun Robinson
By Natalie Franks
By Cathy Barnett
By Ryan Sanders
By Casey Pruet, The Grace Alliance
By Sharon Arrington
By Lauren Chapin
By Betsy Paul
By Alberto Negron
By Kelly Jarrell
By Michelle Mayes
By Jenn Wright
By Jill Jackson
By Terri Moore
By Robyn Wise
By Katherine Holloway
By Richard Ray
By Kurtlery Knight
By Bruce Hebel
By Neil Tomba
By Tony Bridwell
By Grayson McGovern
By Luke Donohoo
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Mike Moore
By Wade Raper
By Mike Gwartney
By Jo Saxton
By Dieula Previlon
By Jonathan Cude
By Ken Lawrence
By Jay Hohfeler
By Barb Haesecke
By Lindsay Casillas
By JoAnn Hummel
By Shawn Small
By Alice McQuitty
By Jonathan Murphy
By Peggy Norton
By Brent McKinney
By Irving Bible Church
By Irving Bible Church
By Ashley Tieperman
By Betsy Nichols
By Trey Grant
By Debbie Lucien
By Sue Edwards
By Suzie Robinson
By Paul Smith

There we were, my wife Ivah and I, walking around Hackberry Creek one humid August evening when suddenly we saw a string of flashing lights. At first we didn’t know where they were coming from. Then, we saw it. The flashing lights were coming from IBC. Later we came to learn that the lights we saw flashing were due to a false alarm. For us, however, it was no mere accident. We took it as an invitation from God to visit the church.  

We had just moved from Pittsburgh, PA where I had pastored a church for nearly four years. Leaving the denomination of our birth for theological reasons, Ivah and I moved to Dallas (her home) under the conviction that God was up to something. At the time of the noted incident, we were in the process of looking for a new church home (a daunting task to say the least). And though I was still in the process of recovering from the massive transition, I couldn’t help but wonder what God had in store for us a ministry couple.

Going to church the next day (it was a Sunday) we met two awesome IBCers, Craig and Linda Johnson. After hearing our story and heart for ministry (not to mention our lingering pain) Craig introduced me to Dr. Barry Jones, who immediately believed that God was up to something. He was right! Throughout the next year as we happily served, we began to wonder what it might look like to plant a church in the city of Dallas.

Now, it’s true…Dallas has a lot of churches! Yet, it didn’t take us long to notice the abundance of people who had either left the Christian faith or had never been introduced to it at all. There were entire neighborhoods that lacked a church that bore witness to the gospel in its midst. The more I thought about it the more convinced I became; Dallas needs new churches. I guess God was doing something, because in August of 2015 we were invited into the church-planting residency at IBC.

Now, after a whole year of preparation, we’re venturing out to plant Epiphany Church in the Lower Greenville neighborhood of the city.

Just as the earliest Christians proclaimed and demonstrated the gospel, we hope that Epiphany will be the type of church that “Makes God’s Story Known.” We envision Epiphany being a church where those who have not experienced faith or have walked away from their faith can find a place to belong and experience God anew. Taking spiritual responsibility for our neighborhood, we hope that our neighbors will come to hear and see God in a new way due to the life of our faith community. That’s what an epiphany is after all, “a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.”

While Epiphany will not publicly launch until April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday), you we’d ask you to consider supporting it now in two very important ways:

1. Prayer. As it was with the early church, we know that the work of God cannot be accomplished outside of prayer. Therefore, I kindly ask you to pray for Lower Greenville, it’s people, and for those who will join our core group of leaders as the nucleus of the church.

2. Connections. Do you have friends or family living in the east Dallas that you’d like to connect to Epiphany? If so, I would love to get in contact with them. You can reach me via email at [email protected]. You may also choose to ask them to follow the church via Facebook.

It’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed since joining IBC as a church planter in residence. Throughout that time, Ivah and I have enjoyed calling IBC our church family. Your encouragement and support have been an immense blessing to us personally. The relationships we’ve developed have made us better people. Moreover, Epiphany would have remained merely a dream absent from your generosity. Thank you for joining us in our belief that one more church can make a difference in our city. Thank you for joining us in our conviction that God is indeed up to something! 

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