Discovery of the Local Church

I am a 72 year old brother in the church in Beaumont, Texas. I was saved as a child of 10, grew up in a Baptist home, and served as a Baptist pastor for 35 years. God has given me a wonderful wife, 4 children, 15 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

My youngest son was a student at Notre Dame University, having lettered for 4 years in football, when some brothers from the church in South Bend visited him in his dormitory and told him about the local church. After he graduated from Notre Dame he entered the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After awhile, we visited the local church there in Houston. Immediately, my wife said, “This is what I have been looking for for 35 years.” She and David began to meet with the local church right away. They wrote to our other son who was in the U.S. Navy, and to our youngest child and only daughter, a student at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both came home soon and were “captured” by the love, depth of teaching, and dedicated living of the believers in the church in Houston. I was reluctant to leave the Baptist Church. My wife persuaded me to “keep the family together” until David finished Medical School (in 3 years). By then, the family was enjoying the new, deep experiences so much, I did not have the heart to ask them to leave.

My heart was not there. I continued to resist, find fault, and avoid. Finally, after about 10 years, the LORD touched me, showing me that he breaks down all barriers. I was impressed that members of the congregations really love the LORD, read the Bible, and serve in the building cleaning and maintenance, as well as fellowship with other believers, and live a more dedicated life than many pastors I had known in the denominations.

I have been built up in the faith by reading the writings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, many of which are available in local libraries. I highly recommend them to the seeking ones among you.

Mack Vinson