What We Dream About
The question we’ve heard since the beginning and is still asked today is: Why does the San Antonio area need another church?
Though our city has many great churches that we love to partner with, there is still so much work to be done. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States with the greater SA metro continually growing daily. That isn’t the only number rising, however. The number of residents who claim “no religious affiliation” is rising to levels not yet seen in our region.
We’ve found that behind the mirage of professionalism and success, people lack vision for their life and are walking around aimlessly, without intentionality. They are shackled by relational hurts and past trauma. They are living without purpose.
People were designed by God to live on purpose. To live holistically healthy lives, loving God and serving people with all of themselves. We create spaces where new people can be welcomed into the family of God, where people fall in love with the Bible and learn how to read it and use it, where believers can be equipped to live as disciples of Christ, where children’s spiritual foundation is laid through intentional development, where community can deepen and enrich people’s lives in profound ways, and a sanctuary where God is worshiped and the power of Jesus changes lives.
In 2014, God began impressing upon the hearts of Pastors Landon and Kelly to lead a life-giving church. They began dreaming of planting a church that would make a way for people to know Jesus and experience new life and purpose.
Landon and Kelly knew they could not take on this endeavor alone. They wholeheartedly believed that life and ministry were to be done with others. In 2014, The Purpose Church began its launch process in partnership with ARC.
TPC’s first “Interest Social” was held at the Schertz Civic Center in June 2014, with 42 people in attendance. Vision was cast, and momentum was built. Plans for the future were discussed, and the opportunity to join the launch team was given. Interest Socials and outreaches continued for the next several months and by November of 2014, 65 people had committed to see The Purpose Church become a reality.
On January 11, 2015, The Purpose Church launched its first service in a middle school cafeteria with 352 people in attendance. That day, 32 people accepted Jesus into their hearts and dozens more rededicated their lives to Him.
The Purpose Church exists to help people live life on purpose for Jesus! We are a life-giving, multicultural, multigenerational church that will creatively and effectively reach people for Jesus Christ.
Where We’re Going
Our vision is to plant life-giving local churches in communities along the I-35 corridor that are unswervingly committed to reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus and discipling the believer.
Every locale, city, zip code, and HOA has its own feel, vibe and needs. We want to meet them right where they are. We call it thinking “small and local.” We will plant life-giving, locally-focused congregations that are small enough for people to feel needed and known and large enough to meet the needs of the neighborhoods they are located in.
How We Get There
We consider reaching people who do not know God personally one of our greatest responsibilities. Our Sunday worship experiences are for people at all stages in their spiritual journey but are primarily geared toward those who do not have a genuine relationship with God.
We believe profound life change happens in the context of authentic relationships, which is why we are a church made up of small groups. In the Bible, they worshiped in the temple, but personal ministry happened “house to house.”
The Growth Track helps you to discover your unique God-given purpose. Growth Track offers information and experiences designed to help you discover and develop your purpose starting point and live the full life God wants for you. Along with our Senior Pastors, staff and key leaders, we’ll talk about what it means to follow Jesus, connect to the church, discover your purpose, and serve others. God didn’t bring us all into an elementary school cafeteria by accident!
Make An Eternal Difference
All of us were created by God to make a difference in another person’s life. God has a place for you where your unique abilities and passions can impact the lives of others. We believe your life will only make sense once you find, develop and fulfill that purpose. While it is a journey of purpose that gains clarity as it develops, everyone begins their journey through serving others on our volunteer team we call the Dream Team!
What We Value
Values Reveal Motivation
It’s about knowing God’s Word and taking the next steps in our spiritual journey.
We choose joy.
It’s about choosing joy regardless of circumstances. The byproduct of joy is enjoying the journey and having fun!
We are generous.
It’s about utilizing our time, giving our treasure, and using our gifts and talents joyfully to give to the work of God in our city and across our world. We share in the responsibility of the church family.
We consider everyone.
It’s about affirming each person as someone deeply loved and created by God.
We go together, not alone.
It’s about developing healthy, Godly relationships in genuine community.
We are undivided.
It’s about striving for unity, believing the best, and choosing alignment over agreement.
We “think three.”
It’s about transferring a legacy of faith knowing that the decisions we make today will be stepping stones or stumbling blocks for future generations.
We pursue excellence.
It’s about doing what we do for the glory of God. So we do our best and take time to get it right.
What We Stand For
Bible | The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26
Trinity | There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal.
I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11
Jesus Christ | Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind, and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.
John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5
Virgin Birth | Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the Virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God.
Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35
Redemption | Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression, he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21
Salvation | We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22
Repentance | Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives, to allow our minds to be transformed by the Holy Spirit and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance, we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation. Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9
Sanctification | Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11
Jesus’ Blood | The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death.
I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29
Jesus Christ Indwells in All Believers | Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20
Baptism in the Holy Spirit | Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.
Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5 ,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit | The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.
Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10
The Church | The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23
- Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48
- The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25
- Marriage: We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one biological man and one biological woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God. Matthew 19:4-6
Resurrection | Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; those that are saved to the resurrection of life and those that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.
Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21
Heaven | Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4
Hell | After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels.
Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8
Second Coming | Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7
Meet Our Pastors
Landon & Kelly Kyker are the Senior Pastors of The Purpose Church in the northeast San Antonio area which they founded in January 2015.
They are passionate about helping people in their community experience the love and presence of God and believe in leaving a positive legacy for future generations. In addition to their pastoral work, they are committed to building God’s Kingdom through creative communication, leadership development, and strategic vision.
They fully believe that everyone was created on purpose for a purpose and are passionate about leading people into a vibrant life with Jesus. Landon and Kelly are both relational, engaging communicators with a passion for leadership development. They are often seen side-by-side as they strategize, lead, and minister.
Landon attended Christ For the Nations Institute and finished his undergraduate degree at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and graduated from the National Institute of Christian Leadership. Kelly attended and graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in English and was a high school english teacher before full-time ministry.
Landon and Kelly have been married since 2004 and have three incredible children: Kaylen, Levi and Bradley (and a very playful German Shorthaired Pointer named, “Joey”…or as Landon calls him, “St. Joseph.”)