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Oasis is a restart of the former Grace Temple Baptist Church. Grace Temple began in 1960 and was located at 1919 South Collins Street for almost 50 years. The most church’s most prosperous years came during Bro. Carl Willis’ pastorate. He was the pastor at Grace Temple for 33 years- from 1977 until he retired in January of 2008. Pastor Jeremy Franklin took the oversight of the Church in November of 2008. In November 2009, Grace Temple made a heartfelt and faithful decision to be better stewards of the resources God had given to them. The Church voted to sell its property and to use the proceeds and people to plant a new church. The property went on the market in December 2009 and was sold in April 2010. By May we were meeting in a rented ballroom to hold one worship service a week.
During this transition period the church completed the first stage of our restart. After lots of discussion about a new vision and plan for ministry, we adopted a new constitution, a new name, and new articles of incorporation. The church’s reorganization service was held on August 15, 2010. The new church charter began with 44 founding members.
The second part of our restart was relocation. We looked extensively at leasing options and decided that it would cost too much money with no permanent solution for meeting space. We even considered an existing building shell that could be finished to fit our use, but no opportunity arose. Instead of these, we decided to purchase land where we could build a small building to meet our worship and children’s ministry needs. We believed that our target area would be somewhere in the south Collins area, & after quite a bit of looking, God provided the right place for the right price when the time was right. In January 2011, we purchased 5.79 acres of land near the intersection of Collins and Sublett. We broke ground and started preparing the land in October of that year. We started construction of our new building in the spring of 2012 and held our first service there on December 2, 2012.
In December of 2016, Pastor Jeremy Franklin resigned from his position as Pastor. After over a year of continuing faithfulness to His church, God led David Crosby and his wife Terry to Oasis in January of 2018. On February 25th, Oasis unanimously voted to call David as Pastor and lead us into the next stage of our history.
Maybe you need a RESTART?
2 Corinthians 5:17 says "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" We would love for you to attend one of our worship services or our KID'sciples ministry. Maybe God will use us to help you get a new start in your life. You can visit us at our building located at 1211 E Sublett Road in Arlington, Texas. We look forward to meeting you!