By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013
The Rock Church Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts are serving God and loving people.
Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts began their outreach ministry at The Rock Church in September of 2007. Since that time, Pastor Billy Joe says, “The Rock has experienced good, constant growth.” The Rock Church is a multiracial, diverse congregation with a mission of serving God and loving people. They meet each week at the Union High School Performing Arts Center, located immediately behind the football stadium, at 6636 S. Mingo Rd. Connection classes begin at 9 a.m. and worship services are at 10 am. Bible Study is held each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at 5700 S. 107th E. Ave. (61st and Highway 169).
The Rock Church offers something for every member of the family, and you’re invited to join them for a unique experience where both Billy Joe and Theresa are confident you will “Feel God, Feel the Love, and Feel The Rock.”
“The roots of happiness grow deepest in the soil of service,” says Billy Joe, “and that’s how our church grows as we engage in cultivating the soil of service. We try to do things that will zero in on our outreach within the Tulsa community as we get outside our four walls and share the faith.”
Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 11. The Rock will celebrate a week earlier with Pastor Theresa hosting The Rock Church’s 1st annual Ladies Conference on Friday evening and Saturday morning, May 3 and 4. Both sessions will be held at 5700 S. 107th E. Ave. (61st & 169). Pastor Ericka McCutcheon is the featured speaker. She and husband Pastor John McCutcheon pastor Joint Heirs Fellowship in Houston, Texas. Rev. Beverly Erby will minister at the Saturday morning session; she along with her husband Tony Erby are associate pastors at Eagle Mountain International Church, Ft. Worth, Texas. Immediately following the Saturday morning session, lunch will served at The Bistro at 101st and Sheridan at 12 noon. Registration for the conference and luncheon is $35. Door prizes will be given out.
On Sunday, May 11, the morning worship service at The Rock will be followed by a special recognition time for mothers and any woman 18 years and older. Roses and a special gift will be presented to each woman attending. Any remaining roses will be distributed by Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa to ladies residing at a local nursing home. There will be lots of fun door prizes at the service, including Coach purses, an overnight stay at the Cedar Rock Inn, gift cards, jewelry, pedicures, and more. “Even if you aren’t a mother,” says Billy Joe, “we know all ladies make a positive influence on children as they grow up, and we like to recognize all women at our Mother’s Day program.”
“Everyone is invited to attend all of our services or special programs,” says Theresa. The Rock Church Wednesday night Bible Study is kicking off its first-ever Financial Empowerment Seminars, Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Pastor Billy Joe will lead this study and will share practical tips for healthy wealth building according to scripture. The program is sponsored by The Rock Church Financial Impact Team. The Rock will also be presenting a class built around Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, date to be announced.
Pastor Theresa has a special heart for equipping young people with the word of God. “When our children graduate from high school, we want them to have a great relationship with God and be responsible young adults,” she says. Pastor Theresa will attend a 252 Basics Seminar later this year and employ seminar basics at the church to involve parents and to arm children with the God-given wisdom that will equip them to engage the culture for Christ.
The Rock Church has programs for adults, children and youth. One is “Life Coaching” with Pastor Billy Joe that is just for men. The theme is “What it means to be a Christian man.” Visit the website or call The Rock office for more details on any of their services or programs. Billy Joe says, “Our heart’s desire is to take a personal interest in everyone who walks through our doors.”
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.