Weddings

Marriage was not the idea of a couple, pastor, church, or government. It was lovingly designed by the Creator God (Genesis 2). He gets to define what it is. Marriage is actually a picture of God and His Church (Ephesians 5). Marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman for a lifetime. They become one flesh for fruitfulness. This is what Jesus taught…“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:4-6

This is the only design for marriage set forth by God in all of Scripture. There is no other. Because of our devotion to God and His Word, and as stated in our church constitution article on marriage:

  • TRBC staff and contracted associates will only conduct Pre-marital Counseling for one man marrying one woman
  • TRBC pastors will only conduct weddings between one man and one woman
  • TRBC facilities and resources will only be used for a wedding between one man and one woman.

 

In order to use TRBC facilities and/or have a TRBC Pastor perform your wedding, we require that the couple complete Pre-marital Counseling either at our church or with another approved, Christian provider.

If you have read the above and agree to our Terms and Conditions, click the button below to contact us to start the application process. Once your application is received, a TRBC staff person will contact you to complete a brief interview. After your interview, you will be referred to our Wedding Coordinator (for the use of TRBC facilities only).

What is Marriage?

Marriage was not the idea of a couple, pastor, church, or government. It was lovingly designed by the Creator God [Genesis 2]. He gets to define what it is. Marriage is actually a picture of God and His Church [Ephesians 5]. Marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman for lifetime. They become one flesh for fruitfulness. This is what Jesus taught…

“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:4-6

This is the only design for marriage set forth by God in all of Scripture. There is no other. 

We want a Thomas Road Pastor to marry us. What do we need to do?
  • Apply – You and your fiancé complete the application so that we can get to know you better.
  • Interview – either by phone or in person with one of our pastors.
  • Counsel – We take marriage very seriously, and we are committed to helping you have the greatest success. Research has shown that couples that go through premarital counseling do much better in the early years of marriage. You will need to do this type of counseling with our team.

Based on our conversations with you and the schedule of our pastors we will be able to determine how we can assist you.

We are living together but we want to obey Jesus Christ to start our marriage. What do we need to know?

We celebrate this great step of obedience that you want to take with Jesus! Here is what he has to say about that in Scripture…

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Based on this it is important for you to commit to sexual purity before you get married. This means refraining from having sex with each other. Also, it is best to live apart for your testimonies sake until the marriage.

Please talk to us about how we can help you take these steps.

One or both of us have been divorced. This will be a remarriage. What do we need to know?

God hates the pain and damage that divorce causes. But he is also forgiving, and offers safety for spouses who have been abused.

We will talk through Scripture with you when we meet to see what God has to say about your situation.

If you have been recently divorced, we want to guide you towards our DivorceCare program at TRBC.

We want to be married in the TRBC facility.

After your interview, you will be referred to our Wedding Coordinator.

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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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