About Us

OUR STORY

On January 8, 2008 a group of twelve members of Strangers Rest Baptist Church met in the home of Pastor Dukes and Evangelist Dukes for prayer.  The group came together to support each other as they mourned the sudden loss of Overseer Roy E. West, their pastor, and the church’s immediate desire to dismantle his God given vision for the church. 

Two weeks later the same group began to meet on Friday evenings for Bible study.  Many of the group conceded that they couldn’t return to Strangers Rest and began to visit other churches in the DFW Metroplex.  However, the group continued to stay connected through weekly Bible Study.

After continuous fasting and prayer the Lord spoke to Pastor Dukes and both released him from Strangers Rest and gave clarity to his “Joshua” call.  The Lord spoke to Pastor Dukes with clarity and said, “You are Joshua, but not Joshua to everyone.  You are Joshua to that remnant.  Take that remnant and cross the Jordan.”

On February 15, 2008, while at Bible Study, with the support of  Evangelist Dukes, Pastor Dukes made the announcement to the group that God had commissioned him to start a ministry.  The group was encouraged to pray and seek the Lord for His direction for their life.  Upon doing so the entire Bible Study group of over 20 later, proudly proclaimed that the Lord was leading them to be a part of Christ Lifters Community of Faith.

The group began meeting on March 5, 2008 to organize the church.  Upon that time the membership made a commitment to begin worshipping as a collectively at different churches until Christ Lifters Community of Faith was ready to conduct its very first worship service.

Why the name Christ Lifters Community of Faith?

If we truly embody John 12:32 which says, ?And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will
draw all men unto me? then we as the body of Christ can accomplish the great
commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:16-20.

At Christ Lifters we believe that we are ambassadors of Christ not only through our
daily praise and worship, but by our everyday living as required by Colosians 3:17
which says, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Through this we can be fishers of
men as Jesus spoke in Mark 1:17. Thus the fish is the outline for our church logo.

The first Christians were actually Jewish people who embraced the new revolutionary
beliefs that Jesus was the Messiah that the Hebrew Bible prophesied soon to come. As
a result they were ostracized, assaulted, imprisoned by many of their families, their
neighbors as well as the religious authorities. This is evident in Saul?s assault on the
church in Acts 9:1-2, and Herod?s assault in Acts 12:1-5. Consequently, the first church
was more than just a church, but a forced community within the greater Jewish
community. This is evident in Acts 4:32-35 which reads,

?All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his
possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the
apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was
upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those
who owned the lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it
at the apostles? feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.?

This is the premise in which Christ Lifters with God's hand of favor strives to embody,
that of a community of faith and not just another chruch. We are a community which
stands as "More Than a Church?a Family of Believers!"