Church uses cowboy culture to draw community to Christ

Jacksonville – With the facade of an Old West town behind him, Benjamin McAnally started singing the hymn, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.” His twang reminiscent of country singers, McAnally, 19, appeared every bit the part of a country artist in his black cowboy hat, black button down shirt and jeans. …

New chapel will expand ministry's reach to Henderson inmates

If all goes according to plan, the words “The Only Way Home” will be positioned prominently on the side of the chapel being built at Bradshaw State Jail in Henderson. The message is clear and designed for its audience: the inmates. “I think the only way you’re gonna turn a guy’s life around …

Nonprofit makes an impact with mission trips

The donation of an old Tyler fire truck to a Guatemalan district has paved the way for more partnerships to benefit that community. Hope Ignited, a Plano-based nonprofit with Tyler ties, is partnering with the district of San Jos← Pinula to open medical clinics and a vocational training center.

Man pursued passion for prison ministry until his passing

Walt Blanch went to prison the day before he died. The visit was not out of the ordinary for Blanch, 88, of Tyler, a man described as humble and generous, spiritually minded and in tune with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His obedience to God’s call and a desire to see people’s lives changed led him to volunteer regularly in prisons

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Christ Church building South campus

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