By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: August 2014
Pastor Billy Joe Watts and The Rock Church celebrate seven years of reaching out to others this September.
“We’re continuing to love people and serve God,” says Pastor Billy Joe Watts of The Rock Church in Tulsa. The Rock opened doors with an outreach ministry in 2007 under the leadership of Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts. They make it a point to extend their reaching out to others by offering numerous opportunities for self improvement.
“We’re still working on our 10 point Master Plan that we established in the beginning,” says Pastor Billy Joe. The plan includes developing a multi-racial, multi-cultural, word-based ministry; a multi-complex center to facilitate all activities of church and ministry; a complex for Christian education and professional training; a gym and fitness center for training and wellness to promote good health; a radio and television ministry; a plan for sending missionaries into the world; a communications skills program; a music school for community kids; affordable housing opportunities for community members; and an outreach center to provide food and clothing to the poor.
On September 21, The Rock Church will host a seven-year anniversary celebration featuring guest speaker Pastor Sarah Utterbach of Nanuet, New York. Pastor Sarah and her late husband, Clinton, attended Rhema Bible Training Center.
From the beginning, Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa have been helping homeowners by offering free Home Buyers Seminars and making opportunities for first-time buyers and investors. The next Home Buyers Seminar is scheduled for August 14 at 6:30 p.m. at The Rock Church office at 2017 S. Elm Place in Broken Arrow.
Pastor Billy Joe says they enjoy offering assistance and answering questions about estate planning and personal budgeting. “We partner with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University,” says Billy Joe, “and this program changes lives.” Financial Peace University teaches God’s ways of handling money through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities. It presents Biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. The plan shows you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. A nine-week Financial Peace University presentation is being scheduled for this fall through The Rock Church.
“We’ve added a new member to our team who will serve by enhancing The Rock’s children’s programming,” says Pastor Theresa. Jackie Burns comes to The Rock from Las Vegas and previously ran an orphanage in the Philippines. The Watts met Jackie at the Rhema Bible Training Center, where Jackie graduated in 1996. She loves children,” says Theresa, “and is a great addition to The Rock.”
“Come worship with us or participate in any of our educational opportunities,” says Pastor Billy Joe. Contact the Rock by phone or visit the website for more information about worship services or programs.
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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.