True Vine Evangelical Outreach Ministries
True Vine Church’s Story
True Vine Evangelical Outreach Ministries, began in 1997 as D.M.W.F.C, (Discipling Men and Women for Christ) a one-year residential transitional life recovery program that helps men and women overcome the addiction of drugs and alcohol. However, after helping people to get their lives straightened out, we discovered that some churches did not feel comfortable having reformed alcoholic and drug addicts in their services, and these men and women sometimes felt uncomfortable being there.
Recognizing the need for an authentic community where all men and women no matter what their lifestyle was in 2004, Senior Pastor Ralph Garth was introduced to the Christian Service Mission to Grace Presbyterian Church, they had a church vacant in the Avondale area that they needed someone to start a ministry in, and if that ministry would secede in one year they would give it away for $1.00. Pastor Garth accepted the challenge and True Vine Evangelical Outreach Ministries was birthed. That same year God blessed Pastor Garth and his wife, Kathleen Garth, with a full-fledged congregation.
A place where drug users, homeless, abused, prostitutes, underprivileged, and disadvantaged may come and find hope in Jesus Christ. The ministry took off with regular worship services every Sunday, bible study every Wednesday night and doing door-door outreach every Saturday morning. As a result of the church growth Pastor Garth establish a loving relationship with Brookwood Baptist Church through two of their members pastor Tim Clark and Bryant Bonds. This relationship caused him to become a member of the Birmingham Baptist Association that also own an Inglenook Baptist Church that needed someone to start ministry there. God blessed Pastor Garth and his wife, and on Easter Sunday 2012, True Vine Evangelical Outreach Ministries had their first Service in the church they are in present day.
Pastor Garth had been a member of Mt. Canaan Full Gospel Church. He later became a member of Love Temple Full Gospel Church where he was ordained a minister in 1997 and elder in 1999. God lead Pastor Garth and his wife back to Mt. Canaan. God lead pastor Garth to start a church in Avondale for the un-churched during 2004.
With the partnership of Brookwood Baptist Church, Pastor Garth was introduced to the Birmingham Baptist Association. The association had a church that they were not using and was looking for someone to take it over. After 7 years of pastoring the church in Avondale, True Vine Family moved to Inglenook to a bigger and larger church with a mission to Impact Inglenook with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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