Humanity was lovingly created by God with a divine purpose . . . to bring God glory and to live in relationship with Him forever. Sin, however, disrupted mankind’s intended destiny, separating creation from Creator. God provided a way through Jesus Christ for people to restore their relationship with Him and resume their created purpose. Today, the church takes the good news of Jesus Christ to every corner of the globe. We see Wildwood as one local congregation living out God’s mission in the world as:
We are FOR following Jesus together to the glory of God.
Come join us as we live out this mission at Wildwood Community Church.
As we follow Jesus, He grows our faith in God and love for others (2 Thessalonians 1:3) as we:
1. Follow Him into the Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
2. Follow Him into Worship (Colossians 3:16-17)
3. Follow Him into Community (Hebrews 10:19-24)
4. Follow Him into Ministry (1 Peter 4:10)
5. Follow Him into Mission (Matthew 28:19-20)
As we follow Jesus as a church, we have four spheres of opportunity where we invite others to follow Jesus with us. Those spheres include:
- We are FOR the Church (Philippians 1:6, Galatians 4:19)
- We are FOR the Community (Jeremiah 29:7, Acts 17:26-27)
- We are FOR the Nations (Isaiah 49:6, Acts 1:8)
- We are FOR the Next Generation (2 Timothy 2:2, Psalm 145:4)
Church historian John Hannah once quipped that all of us are short people “sitting on the shoulders of giants.” Hannah’s basic point was that followers of Jesus today live and operate as recipients of the faithfulness of God over time. In the largest sense of this, Christians today embrace the truth that was passed down from generation to generation since the time of Christ (2 Timothy 2:2). This principle is also true, however, in a local sense. God has been faithful to Wildwood Community Church over time, therefore, we want to give glory to God by retelling the story of His faithfulness to our church over the past 50 years.
Wildwood was officially incorporated as a church in 1968 after having begun as a Bible study with OU college students in 1966.
Over the last 50 years, Wildwood has met in multiple locations, including two different home garages, the parlor at McFarlin Methodist Church, the Seventh Day Adventist Church facility, the building currently owned by Northeast Baptist Church (a facility Wildwood built in 1976), and our current facility – the former Redlands Racquetball Club — which Wildwood purchased and moved into in 1986.
God has blessed us with amazingly consistent and faithful leadership over the past four decades. Following church planter Dick Gerbrandt, we have had only three full-time Senior Pastors: Lyle Cunningham (1974-78), Bruce A. Hess (1979-2016) and Mark Robinson (2016 – present).
On top of having consistent leadership, our strategic location allows us to impact the city of Norman, Tinker Air Force Base, the University of Oklahoma, and beyond (we have partnerships with ministry on 6 continents, including a focus on the nation of Latvia and Mexico.)
From our origin as a small Bible study that met in a garage to a growing church body today, we continue to value close community, in depth Bible study, and an authentic relationship with God through our Savior Jesus Christ. It is our desire to glorify God by shining as Christ’s light in our homes, our community, and the world. Come shine with us!