OKARCHE — Sunday marks the anniversary of a church with a goal of shining light in the midst of darkness.
The Rev. Kurtis Ivey, senior pastor of Light Your World Church, said the congregation's anniversary celebration will include a special guest speaker and a meal.
Ivey, 40, said the church began in September 2011 after he and his wife, Kit, felt a calling from the Lord to lead and minister to a congregation. He said he and his wife have traveled together as an evangelistic team (He preaches and she leads worship) for several years as part of World Witness Ministries, an evangelistic ministry he founded several years ago. Ivey said the couple has a weekly television show on KAUT 43 called “Growing Together.”
He said he is from Hammon, and Kit Ivey is originally from Minnesota. Kurtis Ivey said they met when they were both part of an evangelistic outreach at a Kingfisher church.
Ivey said the Rev. Frank Cargill, superintendent of the Oklahoma District Council of the Assemblies of God, was instrumental in the couple getting the Light Your World Church building at 4550 Northwest Expressway donated to their congregation.
“That was kind of one of the signs that the Lord wanted us to be here,” Ivey said.
Cargill, he said, will be special guest preacher at Sunday's anniversary service.
Ivey said the congregation completed extensive renovations to the building which had formerly housed another church.
Light Your World has had about 1,000 people walk through its doors during its first year, Ivey said. He said the church's average Sunday attendance is about 115, with many regular attendees coming from cities like El Reno, Kingfisher, Yukon and Piedmont for the church's contemporary service.
He said he thinks of the church as nondenominational because it is “evangelically driven” and not necessarily focused on a denominational affiliation. The church's part-time staff includes an administrative assistant, executive pastors, youth and college ministers and assistant ministers.
“It's really all about the message that we preach here, which is that we are about lighting up the world,” Ivey said.
During the first year, the church held several outreach events at various times, including Christmas, Easter and a Friends Day in July, Ivey said. He said the church partners with another ministry to feed about 100 needy children each week.
He said the church's immediate plans are to enlarge the building's vestibule, install a playground, basketball goal and parking lot.
Ivey said in addition to a meal and Cargill's sermon, he will give a special message regarding the church's vision for the future at Sunday's anniversary service.
It's really all about the message that we preach here which is that we are about lighting up the world.”
The Rev. Kurtis Ivey,