Oakcrest Family Church was born from the cry of the heart of several ladies in the
neighborhood. Their prayers led them to call Tarrant Baptist Association, and that
led to a call to Tate Springs Baptist Church. A small building was already available
in the neighborhood. Over the course of three years, a series of interim pastors and
seminary students stayed temporarily to preach and establish a small church.
Meanwhile, Jim Norwood had established Families In Crisis Ministry from a cry of
his heart while doing jail ministry. The Families ministry met a church in Fort Worth
and his hope was that this culturally diverse, environmentally and economically
challenged population would be accepted into the community of believers at that
church. Jim was called to pastor at Oakcrest, and soon it became apparent that
Families In Crisis should also be at Oakcrest Family Church, so it was moved.
Families In Crisis and Oakcrest Family Church have been growing since that time.
Very often people come to Oakcrest after being in jail or prison or having a loved
one there. Because of that nature, Oakcrest has a large percentage of membership
that would be considered "new believers." They are growing in knowledge and
wisdom and love of the Lord. Much of the population is "unchurched", meaning
many have never been to church before. Therefore, services are fairly casual and at
times very spontaneous, especially compared with a "traditional church" setting.