On July 10, 1988, a young couple took a step of faith and held the first official service of The Upper Room UPC. There has been no turning back since. Pastor and Sister Tate have grown into a compassionate and loving pastoral team. They have led TUR with grace and dignity even when the storms of life raged against them and the church. They have never wavered in their faith. This tender tenacity has flowed into the very core of what TUR has become over the last 30 years. As a church body we have overcome many hardships and battles. Finding the strength and will to continue the work that God has called us to do. The love and compassion shown by our pastor and his wife mirror the love and grace we find at the Cross. This unconditional love is what TUR has come to embody. No matter who walks through our doors. No matter the circumstance, the past, the flaws, or the hurt, you will always be welcome at TUR. Jesus lived a life with open arms. Jesus says in Matthew 4:9 “…He that hath ears to hear, let him hear”. We come with our hurts but we do not leave with them. We come broken and battered, torn apart by life. We leave whole and healed. Our wounds cared for by the gentle touch of our Heavenly Father. It has been said that churches are hospitals where people are healed. This is true at TUR, but people aren’t just healed, delivered and made whole here. Those same people now work to give the love and support that they received to the next person who walks in.
We are forever grateful for this church body. The amazing people and their unique stories come together like a beautiful tapestry. Woven by the skilled hands of Jesus. As we look forward to what is to come, it is the mission of TUR to reach our city and our state with the wonderful gospel of Christ. We strive to be like Him. To follow in the footsteps of our Savior. He has commissioned us to teach and preach in all nations and to baptize in the powerful name of Jesus. He wants us to disciple those that come in and protect them as a shepard protects his flock. So we extend this invitation, “If you are not perfect, please come. If you are wounded, please come. If you are desperate, please come. There is a God who loves you and wants to wrap you in His arms. There is a family that is waiting to love you. So come”.