Our History

ColombineOn April 20, 1999 a school shooting took place within the halls of Columbine High School. This shooting changed our nation and would soon impact Dumas, TX in a significant way. Through the tragic events of that day the Columbine Redemption Ministry was born. A group of ordinary people from various churches in Dumas and other towns came together in unity and hosted this new found ministry in a powerful event at the Dumas football stadium. On October 23, 1999 over 5000 people gathered together and experienced something truly glorious.
In January of 2000 a number of those involved in the Columbine rally were left wanting more of God. Having formed a common relational thread by being very active in the Walk to Emmaus ministry these individuals began to meet in a home to study the Word of God, pray & worship together. After much prayer the group felt as though God was calling them to assemble a new church named Grace Thru Faith Fellowship. historyFounded upon the truth of Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

 

That inaugural year was one of exponential growth. As the church quickly grew too large for the home they were meeting in they soon began to set up weekly Saturday night worship services at the local YMCA. Looking for a permanent location the people of GTF began to remodel their first location across from the Moore County courthouse in a vacant furniture store.

 

From 2000 to 2002 the church began to establish some much needed structure and government. They soon established an apostolic connection with Trinity Fellowship Association of Churches (TFAC) located at Trinity Fellowship in Amarillo, TX. During this time GTF selected five Elders as well as naming Greg Canada their Interim Pastor.

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In August of 2002 Mike Brock relocated to Dumas, TX and became the church’s first full time Senior Pastor. Under Pastor Mike’s leadership the church grew, a ministry staff was assembled and GTF began to respond to a direction from God to build for those who were not here yet. The church soon purchased a plot of land south of town to build their future Worship Center.

 

In September of 2006 Pastor Mike resigned his position in obedience to God’s leading to pursue a new direction in ministry. Pastor Mike and his family would soon relocate to Austin, TX where they became involved in an important ministry to marriages on the brink of divorce.

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In December of 2006 Pastor Jori Buchenau was set in as GTF’s new Senior Pastor. The timing of this transition could not have come at a more challenging moment. Being in the middle of a three year campaign to begin construction on the new Worship Center the congregation rallied around Pastor Jori’s leadership. GTF’s faith grew and the church continued to flourish, and on November 12, 2010 GTF completed construction and dedicated their new Worship Center to God’s purposes. A dream for well over 8 years had finally become a reality.

 

newbuildingToday Grace Thru Faith is a vibrant church doing significant things for the glory of God in Moore County. With 20,000 square feet of ministry space, every week is filled with countless opportunities to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God to a fallen world. God’s faithfulness to this house has been undeniable, and GTF looks forward to your family’s history becoming a part of ours.