LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin's First Assembly now has a new name but Lead Pastor Jeremy Yancey promises the mission and theology of the church is staying the same.
Visitors to the church on Lufkin's west side are now greeted by a sign that reads 'Timbercreek Church'. The move was made as the church celebrates its 90th anniversary.
"Lufkin First Assembly has an incredible history," Yancey said. "We are 90 years old this year. We are thankful and proud of our legacy but we also realize that with the next decade, God's calling us to not be defined by city limits or zip codes."
Yancey said the church is currently looking at expansion into other cities. The church hopes to have a campus in Nacogdoches by the fall. Right now they are looking for building space.
"We are not changing our denominational affiliation or our doctrinal beliefs," Yancey said. "We still stand true to what happens to be an assembly of God church, but our focus is to expand beyond our current city limits and zip codes."
The name of the church will not only has a regional feel to it but is also based on scriptural roots.
"The name Timbercreek Church came from a lot of deliberation but the truth is we are in the timber country of East Texas," Yancey said. "The spiritual aspect is found in the first chapter of the book of Psalms where it talks about a man or a woman who meditates on the word of God or who dives into the word is like a tree planted by streams of water that bringeth fruit in their season and whatever they do prospers. When we think of the church, we wanted to be planted by the streams of water, planted in God's word and his mission."