Tri-City Worship Church, led by lead pastor Bryan Warren and associate pastors Gene and Ann Young, was started at the end of June and has been going strong ever since. The church is planning mission trips and various outreach events to engage the community.
“They can expect worship like they’ve never experienced before; it’s just amazing worship,” Gene said. “It’s worship that will bring them into the presence of God.”
Gene said he and his wife first met Warren while he was serving as a worship leader at Grace World Outreach Church in Brooksville, Fla. Gene said he and his wife enjoyed his style of worship and felt that a similar worship experience should be offered in Kingsport.
“We’ve prayed about it for years,” Gene said, “because we’ve never felt anything like that around here.”
The idea for the new church began to take shape in mid-June, when Warren came to visit Kingsport for the first time. Looking for an opportunity to be a lead pastor, Warren felt Kingsport was the place to be.
From there, Warren and the Youngs decided to hold a revival June 23-28 as a way to introduce the church to the community. Held at the Civic Auditorium, the event also included a “Fortnite” tournament as a way to connect with young people.
“We’re going to do another one in the fall; we don’t have a date yet, but it’s really exciting,” Warren said. “It was a great event. Throughout the whole week, we had a little over 500 physical bodies that came through.”
Church services began on June 30 and have been held every Sunday since. The services are currently being held at Ross. N. Robinson Middle School while church leaders seek out a permanent home for the church.
Warren and his wife, Kelly, have been involved in ministry for many years. According to his bio, Warren has trained under leaders such as Lindell Cooley of the Brownsville Revival; Cindy Cruse of Lakewood Church; Joe and Becky Cruse, directors of Worship Works International; Bishop Lamont Rich and Pastor Rick Shelton of Life Christian Church; and Jacque Deshetler of Joyce Meyer Ministries.
After traveling around the world, Warren felt called to unify the Kingsport community “through anointed worship, powerful word from God and community outreach,” his bio states. He comes to the area with his wife and five children.
Warren said he hopes the church will be housed in its own building a year from now. In the meantime, several community outreach events are in the works, including a concert featuring Carman on Sept. 22.
Global outreach opportunities will also be offered at the church, Warren said. The youth pastor, who is also Warren’s son, is working on establishing a youth mission trip to Tokyo to take place in the fall of next year.
Worship services are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Robinson, located at 1517 Jessee St. For more information, visit tri-cityworship.com.