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Coming Home…to a New Beginning

01. March 2011

Columns, Congregation of the Month,

  

Enid Reformed Presbyterian Church

Location: Enid, Oklahoma

Organized: Aug. 27, 2010

Pastor: Noah Bailey

Membership: 12 communicant; 11 baptized

Presbytery: Midwest

Website: www.enidreformed.org

Looking Back

Enid Reformed Church (ERC) is something of a new start and something of a homecoming. The Land Run of 1893 established the city of Enid, Okla., and brought the first Reformed Presbyterians to Billings, Okla., just 35 miles northeast of Enid. Although the congregation in Billings eventually closed, Christ saw fit to establish a Reformed Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Okla., 20 years ago. From the beginning, the Stillwater RP Church yearned to plant more churches in Oklahoma, and in 2004 they began an outreach Bible study in Enid.

ERC began with a simple Bible study in the living room of Bill and Jeanne Wagner. After four years of patient and steadfast labor, the core group was ready for a church-planting pastor. They found a New Yorker finishing up his seminary training at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Noah and Lydia Bailey moved their young family to Enid just after graduation in May 2009.

Throughout the summer, Enid members traveled to Stillwater for weekly worship while the Baileys settled into a very different culture. In ...

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