Church historian John Hannah once quipped that all of us are “midgets sitting on the shoulders of giants.” Hannah’s basic point was that Christians today live and operate as recipients of the faithfulness of God over time. We know and live today based (in part) on how God’s faithfulness to past generations. In the largest sense of this word, 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 40+ years.
Over the last 40 years, Wildwood has met in several locations, including two different garages, the parlor at McFarlin Methodist Church, 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 two full-time Senior Pastors: Lyle Cunningham (1974-78) and Bruce Hess (1979-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!