A local church is working to create a place where, leaders say, all political and theological positions are embraced. Leap of Faith Church in Pottsboro will hold its grand opening celebration at noon Sunday.
“We’re of all ages,” Pastor Virgie Holbrook said. “We work in all kinds of different jobs, live in all kinds of different neighborhoods, have all kinds of different family situations. The church is so authentically committed to looking beyond differences to find commonality in our shared faith in Jesus Christ that many have said LOFC just feels somehow different than many other churches. It is an easy place to feel at home, genuinely joyful and genuinely welcoming.”
The grand opening will include a barbecue and birthday cake walk after the churches normal morning worship service Sunday.
“We’ll also have carnival games,” Holbrook said. “This is a way for Leap of Faith to introduce itself to our neighbors. There is, of course, no charge.”
Leap of Faith Church was started on April 10, 2016.
“After meeting for a few weeks in the home of my husband and me, the church moved to the Pottsboro Area Public Library for Sunday morning worship throughout the summer and early fall of 2016,” Virgie Holbrook said. “The church outgrew the library and moved to the Pottsboro Middle School cafeteria in October 2016, where it continues to worship.”
Holbrook said that Leap of Faith Church embraces the confession of the Christian faith that is the Apostles’ Creed which says, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of the Earth; and in Jesus Christ his only son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.”
“Leap of Faith is independent of any denomination,” she said. “It is inclusive, diverse, and committed to serving its community. In common with other Christian churches, it follows Jesus Christ.”
The worshippers of Leap of Faith Church come from Dallas, McKinney, Anna, Van Alstyne, Sherman, Denison, and Colbert, Oklahoma in addition to the Pottsboro community.
“The Leap of Faith Band, made up of local legends Fred Spears, Ray McCarthy, Bob Penhall, and Summer Holbrook, provides eclectic music each week based on traditional hymns and contemporary favorites but with a unique southern bluegrass sound,” Holbrook said. “In addition, the church welcomes guest musicians from time to time.”
Holbrook received her theological education at Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 1992.
“My training and experience are in the United Methodist Church, though I am no longer a part of that denomination,” she said. “I was elected to serve as pastor of Leap of Faith by its board of directors and am credentialed to serve Communion, baptize, officiate weddings and funerals, and counsel as well as preach and teach.”
Leap of Faith has Sunday school classes for all ages from birth through older adults.
“About 60 people participate each week in worship and about 40 in Sunday school,” Holbrook said. “One of our teachers [at the church] recently explained to some friends that LOFC isn’t ‘regular’ church. I think that what she meant is that there is a degree of openness to others at LOFC that isn’t always present in churches.”
Leap of Faith Church meets at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Pottsboro Middle School cafeteria, gym, and commons areas.