"Community Culture" – AG News
When Brandy N. Chiles and her husband, Alfonzo, visited a Community Culture Church small group, the Eufaula, Oklahoma, couple was on the verge of divorce. Brandy already had found another residence and packed her bags.
Indeed, Alfonzo’s suggestions that they visit the small group, part of a nontraditional church that appeals especially to young adults, didn’t resonate with her.
“I was angry that he would use that to try to save our marriage,” says the 32-year-old nurse, noting Alfonzo never had shown any interest in church before during their 16 years together. The couple’s oldest son, Kylar, had asked them to give the small group a try. The Bible study during the fall of 2016 reviewed brokenness and the Lord’s ability to rekindle faith.
Brandy sensed God telling her she had given up on the marriage too soon, and that He would restore it if she put her faith in Him.
“This church teaches how to have a relationship with God and love people,” Brandy says. “It’s opened our eyes to how to love each other.” Alfonso and Kylar were baptized on Easter 2017. Alfonzo and Brandy now lead a home group.
Such stories are common at Community Culture, which will mark its fourth anniversary in October. Pastor Chad D. Randleman says everything from Buddhists accepting Christ as Savior to drug and alcohol users turning their lives around have happened at the church...