Our Newest Staff Member: Jacob Davis

We are excited to announce to our church family that Jacob Davis is our new full-time Middle School Director! Jacob loves Middle school students and loves to live out the gospel in his life. This combination along with his studies at Dallas Seminary and his desire to teach the Bible accurately and with relevance equips Jacob to lead our Middle School Ministry well. Originally from South Louisiana, Jacob moved to Dallas after graduating from Northwestern State University. Jacob is married to Lauren and they have two children. Their son, Brooks, is 5 and their daughter, Aleece, is 3. In 2013, Aleece was born with a congenital heart defect which has required several surgeries. While Aleece was undergoing physical open heart surgery, Jacob and Lauren were undergoing spiritual open heart surgery. This experience has rocked their family to the core yet it has also strengthened their faith like none other. Their journey has led both Jacob and Lauren to answer God’s call into ministry. In addition to Jacob joining the Woodcreek staff, Lauren is taking the lead on opening Strong Heart, a fitness and sports ministry focused on Christ, acknowledging that true strength comes only from the Lord. Be sure to look for Jacob and Lauren on Sunday to welcome them to the Woodcreek Staff.... Read more

Scars Tell a Story

For the past several years, along with a team of women from Woodcreek, I have had the amazing experience of working alongside a ministry in Nicaragua called the House of Hope that helps women and their children escape sex trafficking. Two years ago we met Ana* who had just arrived. The House of Hope staff told us that when Ana tried to escape from her pimp; he held her down, stabbed her in the face and then cut off her arm. Somehow surviving, friends brought Ana to the House of Hope. Ana was leery of us at first. And yet, as the days went on and we got to be around her more (and played soccer with her kids!) Ana warmed up a bit but never talked about her former life. This past fall when we returned to the House of Hope, we couldn’t wait to see how Ana was doing. There was so much joy in Ana’s eyes and she said that she wanted to tell us her story. As Ana shared, we were struck by her fierce bravery — to have even attempted an escape! More so, we began to see that Ana’s scars were not ugly at all, but instead told the courageous story of a survivor healed by Jesus. Later that evening, in our team meeting, I realized that Ana’s story reminded me of I Peter 2:24, “By his [Jesus] wounds you have been healed.” Ana’s physical scars may never let her forget her former life of prostitution. And yet, I think that Jesus sees Ana’s scars as the fearless tale of a beautiful woman... Read more

Downtrodden & Broken: Carl Matters Too.

A team of youth returned less than a week ago from a powerful and life-changing mission trip to Steubenville, OH. While there are many stories of God at work in this town, we had the humbling opportunity to experience first hand the struggle between the darkness and the Light. Steubenville is a hurting city. The collapse of the steel industry has left this once flourishing town full of abandoned buildings and abandoned dreams. Many members of the community are enslaved to the bondage of drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. The city we met is suffering from deep spiritual depravity and strongholds that everyone on the team felt to their core. And yet, we saw God’s people all around, pouring their lives into this community… praying for revival… praying for those strongholds to be broken. Each day of the mission trip, our 6 teams had different jobs. Some were caring for kids at Kids’ Club and others were on work projects. On Monday, the first day of the trip, my crew walked to a local soup kitchen. The students served “the least of these” with their whole heart. The weight of spiritual oppression was evident in the soup kitchen with an inexplicable heaviness and chaotic atmosphere. Makenna Wehe, one of our high school Servant Team members, began playing her guitar and singing worship music. We immediately felt the spiritual attack release and the presence of God ushered in. At the soup kitchen, I met a man named Carl. He looked at me and said, “I can tell you have the Lord. I can see it all over your face and on... Read more

Women’s Mexico Mission Trip 2014

What gathered 600 women for compelling worship, inspirational drama, meaningful sharing, expressive prayer and renewed hearts? The answer is the 11th Annual Women’s Conferencia held at the Mexican Indian Training Center, (mitcenter.org) a Bible School in Cordoba, Mexico. Our theme was based on David’s prayer in Psalm 51. Our team of 7, led by Lucy Ohlen, Vevey Sherriffe, Sheri Snow, Terry Belter, Carol Brewer, Lesa Engelthaler and Sharon Spaulding, were encouraged as we partnered with the women in Mexico. For the first time, on Thursday, before the main conference, Sharon was able to facilitate a concentrated leadership workshop with the 30 women students. When these girls graduate from the Bible School they will be on staff in churches in the surrounding areas in Women’s Ministry and Life Care. Lesa had the privilege of facilitating a time with the pastors wives and leaders wives which gave them opportunity to share with one another and hopefully create a stronger community. Sheri Snow has attended the conference 6 years and shared, “You can’t help but be humbled by the absolute joy and love that shines through each of them! They are so sincere and give thanks to God for every little thing! It just makes me stop and think how I take so much for granted.” Lucy Ohlen remembers, “The biggest moment for me and the greatest blessing was the last night of the conference and seeing of all these 600 women kneeling with their broken hearts before God.” We are grateful to God for the opportunity to share God’s love with these women every year. Gracias a... Read more