How it all started...
Life Community Church was founded as Bethel Tabernacle by Pastors Leonard Rogers and Guy Renfrow during a town revival in 1929. That same year, we were able to acquire our first church building on the corner of 1st and G St from the Presbyterian congregation. Since then, our church has seen some incredible moves of God, with countless numbers of people surrendering their lives to Jesus at the altars.
Between 1929 and 1958 Bethel Tabernacle had 14 Pastors, including two women. Much of the history of those early days has been lost, but in 1948, Bethel Tabernacle officially incorporated as Bethel Assembly of God and was granted status as a co-operative fellowship with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, Springfield MO.
In 1959 under the leadership of Pastor Gordon Swanson, we experienced another move of God that caused such growth that additional space was needed to meet the needs of the growing congregation. Property was purchased at the corner of 2nd a G St, and we began to tear down the old building to make way for the buildings we worship in today.
Dedicated in 1960, and still in use today, the new church could hold twice as many people as the original building for worship, and added much needed classroom and office space to continue the growth God was sending and preparing for the future ministry God was calling us to do in Oakdale.
Expanding the vision...
Through the years since, Pastors and Board members took risks to purchase additional property surrounding the church, and to build more buildings to accommodate the growth and ministry God was calling us to do. The last piece of the puzzle came together when under the Leadership of Pastor Ron Huson, our Children's Ministry building was constructed.
Where we are headed...
In 2016 under the leadership of Pastor Lane Olson, Bethel Assembly was reintroduced to the city of Oakdale as Life Community Church , reflecting the new life that God was breathing into His church after 88 years.
We may not know what the future holds, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that none of us really do. But this we know, we are called to bring hope to our community by being disciples that make disciples. We will not settle for religion, but we will passionately pursue the presence of God, and help people find their place of ministry in the body of Christ.