Love God, Love People

Our mission is to change our world by developing Christ-followers who love God and love people.

Commitment to Scripture

Without a doubt, Thomas Road is built upon the Word of God. Since our founding in 1956, we have never wavered nor compromised on the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God. We are committed to accurately teaching and preaching Holy Scripture at every opportunity.

Whether in a Sunday morning service or an evening Life Group, we place a high value on the Word of God. Are you hungry for God’s Word? Do you desire to know God’s will for your life? Then, get into God’s Word today. Join with the Psalmist in saying: “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 

Culture of Prayer

Our church is committed to integrating prayer into every aspect of our ministry. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” We humbly realize our dependence upon the Lord.

We strive to make Thomas Road a house of prayer. We want it to be part of our culture every minute of every day on Main Street, in the Worship Center and throughout our entire campus.

May we never forget the words of our founding pastor, Dr. Jerry Falwell: “Nothing of eternal significance is ever accomplished apart from prayer.”

Lifestyle of Worship

Any time the word “worship” is mentioned in Christian circles, the first thing that comes to the minds of most believers is “music” – the praise and worship songs we sing on Sunday mornings. While it is true that we can find great joy in worshipping God through music, the very act of worship is not to be limited to a song or a series of songs on Sunday morning. True worship of God is to be reflected in our lifestyle – in every moment… in every decision…in every relationship.

Matthew 22:37 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” “All” is not limited to Sundays – “all” is everything we have, every moment we are given and in every situation that God brings into our path. What a responsibility! We are asking God to create a desire within all of us to honor, glorify and praise God through our lives.

Connection to Community

We were never supposed to live the Christian life alone. We are to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) At Thomas Road, we value each member’s commitment to loving and serving each other. Yes, we do this on Sunday morning, but we also strive to support each other during the week. One of the best ways to experience this type of community is to be connected to a Life Group. These small groups meet on Sunday mornings as well as during the week in homes of our members. These groups allow you to develop authentic, deep relationships that encourage you, as you are an encouragement to others.

Heart for Serving

Built upon the principles in John 13, Acts 2, and Ephesians 2 and 4, we are to serve one another in the body of Christ. Jesus commanded us to love one another. One of the most practical ways we can truly love our brothers and sisters in Christ is to serve each other using the spiritual gifts that God has given to us. What is your spiritual gift? How are you using it in our local church to serve fellow church members? If you have not yet discovered your spiritual gift or are looking for areas where you can share your gift, visit our Connect class. Let’s all commit to serving each other as Christ has commanded us to do.

Passion for Sharing

Passion for Sharing takes us outside the walls of our church. Thomas Road wants to compassionately serve our local community, as well as, actively participate in missions around the world. We want to reach our city and the “uttermost parts of the earth”.

Jesus was moved with compassion as He ministered to the multitudes. Romans 10:14 reminds us: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” We are committed to following His example by intentionally developing relationships that ‘earn’ us the right to actively share the Gospel.

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Serving

Serving Stats


Total Volunteers: 2,225

Life Group Leaders: 330

TRYA: 116

Care Team: 46

Host Team: 116

Neighborhood Connectors: 426

Multi-cultural: 42

Preschool & Nursery: 249

Special Needs: 39

Kids (Elementary) Ministry: 277

Student Ministry: 168

Choir: 313

Orchestra: 64

Missions: 27

OCC Boxes Donated 2021: 1,500

Foster and Adoptive Families Served: 146





Nursery Stats

Diapers Changed: 750

Take Home Snacks Provided: 1,800

Toys Cleaned: 10,000





Impact Sports

Players: 1,000

Coaches/Volunteers: 137




Community

Group Attendance

Preschool: 29 Groups

Kids: 46 Groups

Students: 20 Groups

TRYA: 27 Groups

Married Life: 10 Groups

Men’s Life: 41 Groups

Women’s Life: 77 Groups

Adult Life: 37 Groups

Sunday Groups: 35 Groups

Senior Life: 19 Groups



Group Stats

Life Group & Adult Ministry Leaders:  446


Hours served by AM Leaders: 40,872


New Groups This Year: 46


Total Life Groups
224

People in Life Groups
3076




Worship

Praise Through Song

Minutes spent in corporate Worship/Singing

12,000

Different songs sung

146

Countries watched

Over 79

People watching online

Over 153,000


Top 10 Countries (online)

USA
Bahamas
UK
Puerto Rico
Korea
Indonesia
UAE
Germany
China


Audience Numbers

Facebook

40,393 Page Likes
52,964 Page Follows
67,377 Check-Ins

Instagram

6,589 Page Follows




Sharing


Salvation Numbers Church Wide: 333



Beth's Blessings Barn & Dedication


Beth’s Blessings Barn is one of our favorite God-stories at TRBC. Beth McClain moved to a home on Wise Street in 2010, only a few years after her family experienced 2 tragic losses. Through God orchestrating many details that only He could, Beth had a new home in a new state.  She knew God had called her here but could not have known all He had in store for her.

As Beth began to get to know her new neighbors in her rough neighborhood, she trusted God to help her build relationships and show His love to her neighbors. Word began to spread that “Miss Beth was OK.” At Women’s Life Bible Study, Beth’s table collected items to help a neighbor lady move and get settled.  Then, the next semester, her group did another outreach for another neighbor. And then people just started bringing donations to Beth’s home for her to distribute to her neighbors.  When she ran out of space, her Sunday morning group surprised her with her first Blessings Barn to store all the donations for her neighborhood.  Beth started doing Bible study at her home each month and meeting the physical and spiritual needs of her neighbors.  A fourth barn arrived this spring from TRBC.  All four barns are full of clothing, cleaning products, paper towels, toilet paper, toiletries and other necessities that folks can’t purchase with their food stamp money.

This year, TRBC also built a covered deck on the back of Beth’s home so her Bible studies and gatherings could continue, despite covid concerns.  Pastor Jonathan and many others from TRBC were there celebrate what God has done, to dedicate the space, and pray for God’s continued blessing on the people Beth is able to minister to.




Mission Trip


Northern Virginia /DC is home to people of more than 170 nationalities and ethnic groups, making it one of the most diverse cities in the United States. As the world continues to move to America, we continue to adapt our Missions strategy to meet those needs. For the past several years we have been taking teams to NOVA/DC partnering with ministries that are focusing on reaching many of these unreached people groups. To be involved in the missions you don’t have to step on a plane and fly around the world. You can just step on a vehicle and in the matter of a few hours be on the mission field. Our vision is to start right here in our own front yard (NOVA/DC) then move to other cities across our country. Come join with us as together we, “Reach the World from Home”.



Disaster Relief


This has been a very busy and fruitful year for our TR Disaster Response Ministry. From serving our church family and community neighbors right here at home, to travels across the country to meet the needs of those devastated by floods, hurricanes, and tornados. While there is not enough space to cover every ministry in detail, here is a brief summary of our ministries preformed his year.

TR Seniors & Widows Ministry – Community Neighbors - Big Island Pastor’s Home Renovation - Flood Recovery in Charlotte County VA. & Hurley VA. - Beth’s Blessing Barn – Tree Removal – Deck Build - TRO Workdays – God’s Pit Crew Workdays – New Home Build Cleveland, TN. – Church Rebuild Lake Charles LA.

It has been a privilege to serve alongside our TR Ready Response Team. I’m proud to be part of a ministry that goes above and beyond the call of duty. While the work at times is hard, the rewards far outweigh the labor.

Ron Steele – TR Disaster Response Coordinator




Afghan Refugee Story


The sound of laughter rang through the air, as I watched the faces of smiling paint-splattered little kids run by. You wouldn’t have expected such an atmosphere, considering the circumstances these kids just escaped. Thousands of Afghan refugees left behind everything they knew and were familiar with, to survive the nightmare that is the Taliban.

I noticed her at first because, unlike the other women, her hijab had slipped off her hair and was draped perfectly over her shoulders. She wasn’t worried about the men seeing her hair since the tent in which we found shelter from the sun, was separated into two sections by tall black curtains. Her skin was fair compared to the others which made me think she most likely was wealthy in her previous life. As I walked closer, I noticed her eyes were fixated on a piece of art one of the children had done. She caught my gaze and asked in perfect English if she could keep the painting. I told her I didn’t see why not and looked down to see what she had seemed to want so desperately. The colors black, red, and green stroked across the page and collided into the image of the Afghan flag. With tears in her eyes, she asked with a weak voice, “How can you be of a people if you have no flag and no country…” At a loss for words, all I could say was that I was so glad she was safe and in America, that she is welcome here. A tear fell down her cheek as a genuine, “thank you” escaped her lips.

Then she shared, “I remember coming home from work the day before… I worked with the Embassy. Everything was normal, safe, well for the most part. Then that morning my husband and I woke up to find the Taliban had overthrown the city and they were everywhere, roaming the streets. We were terrified. For seven days we hid in our bedroom with our young 2-year-old daughter. We were too scared to even go into the living room for fear of the Taliban seeing us through the windows. After that week, which felt so much longer, my husband got a message from an American contact telling us they could get us out. When we made it to the airport, it was worse than we could have imagined. Panic had erupted everywhere. Body to body people shoving as hard as they could to get in through the gate. Eventually, we accepted that there was no way for us to get in. My daughter could hardly breathe from the crowd, so we had to leave. Later on, the American contacted us again and we miraculously escaped. I’ve been here for over a month now, and only my husband, daughter, and I made it out. The rest of my family is still stuck in Afghanistan.”


“This is a nightmare I can’t wake up from.”


I told her about how I cannot begin to imagine what she is experiencing, and how again, she is welcome here. I told her that I am a follower of Jesus the Messiah and would love to pray for her if she would allow me to. She asked me to pray that her family would escape.




Student Ministry



Middle School Attendance

275 Average

High School Attendance

245 Average

Unique Individuals Checked in since January in both areas

1,760 People





VBS



Kids attended

1000

Volunteers

550

Salvations

45





Young Adults



Worship Night Attendance

500

G2 Events

150





Kids Karnival



Kids attended

3500

Volunteers

500





Camp Hydaway



Kids attended

964

Volunteers

215

Salvations

118





Other Stats


Number of Special Needs Families Ministered to through Events

70

Families and Groups who Donated Clothes, Toys, School Supplies, and Baby Items to Journey Home

83




Prayer


Baptism

Total Baptisms

201





Counseling

7400 hours Clinical Mental Health Counseling

1500 Hours of Pastoral Counseling Provided

285 individuals and families helped through benevolence ministry




Hospital Visits

Over 1200 Hospital visits in 2021.



Prayer Requests

1500 shared through mobile app and website


Scripture

YouVersion Stats


91,801 Total Subscribers

25,508 Completed Bible Plans





AWANA verses for preschool- 1,000 verses recited for Puggles & Cubbies this year.

AWANA verses for elementary – 3,500 verses for Sparks and T&T.






Over 75 Hours of Reading Bible out loud done by Staff during January.




In 2021 Pastor Jonathan and our teaching team took the entire church through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Throughout the year we learned about God’s timeless character and His relentless love for us through the Gospel narrative present in every book!

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