Hundreds Attend 25th Anniversary Service for Waco Church That Meets Beneath Interstate Bridge

(PHOTO: JIMMY DORRELL)
Charles Benson, associate pastor at Church Under the Bridge of Waco, Texas, reads from the Bible as part of their 25th anniversary worship celebration, held on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

A nondenominational church founded in 1992 that meets under a highway bridge in Texas so as to reach out to the local homeless celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Jimmy Dorrell, lead pastor for Church Under the Bridge, described its anniversary service on Sunday as “very meaningful” and noted that it was preceded by their 12th annual “Walk for the Homeless.”

“Almost half of our funds go to serve the poor, locally and globally. We have 13 small groups during the week,” Dorrell told The Christian Post.

“We are a church ‘with the poor and marginalized’ (not ‘for’) that invites the ex-offender, mentally ill, homeless, addicts, and other marginalized. Our goal is to include them on mission trips, etc.”

The service had an estimated 450 attendees and featured guest preacher Delvin Atchison, director of the Great Commission Team for Texas Baptists.

Church Under the Bridge, a Waco-based congregation that meets underneath the Interstate 35 underpass bridges, held its first service on Sept. 20, 1992, starting with five homeless men. Currently, they average out approximately 300 people for weekly worship from a variety of backgrounds.

“Church Under the Bridge attempts to avoid denominational, cultural, economic, or racial distinctions. We are a multi-cultural church committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the unity of His Spirit,” notes the church’s website.

“We welcome folks from wide and diverse backgrounds to love God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with all their heart, soul, and mind, and to love their neighbors as themselves.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post – Michael Gryboski