Grace Life Pryor was planted in 1999 (then under a different name) by Pastor Derek Melton. The church plant came out of our work with at-risk teens that had been ongoing for 8 years. In 2013, they became a church plant of Anchored In Truth. Their passionate desire is for GLCP to be a Gospel outpost in our our community. They continue to outreach to at-risk teens three days per week as the State brings them to them from a quasi-military program in their town. They can have an upward of 150 teens per service. They are in their 27th year of service with this program - for Gospel work. Derek and his wife, Stacey, have two grown children ( Lindey and Cody, ages 31 and 33) and four grandchildren (Luke, Hunter, Micah, and Halle, ages 3, 5, 6, 7). Grace Life Pryor has grown by the Lord's blessing, and their passion is to bring glory to the Lord Jesus by loving and obeying Him.
Update (September 2021):
Greetings in Jesus' Name,
Our summer has flown by, and it has been a busy summer. But good things
are happening at Grace Life Pryor. We have received several new families
into membership this summer. There are many young families looking for a
healthy local church that is not given to gimmicks and games. Several
have found us. They are loving the Word of God preached and the
encouragement from our family of faith.
We are scheduled to move into our new facility next month if all falls
into place. This is a huge blessing to us. We have been in a store front
in downtown Pryor for 22 years. While our current location has been a
blessing, there are difficulties. There is very little convenient
parking, the facility is packed with little room, and that
"store-front-stigma" discourages some people from attending.
Our new facility is a traditional facility, with four times the space.
The sanctuary will seat over 400 and it has many classrooms for
small-groups, and administrative offices. It has two stories of
classrooms. It also has a separate industrial kitchen and fellowship
hall and an adjacent gymnasium. This location will serve Grace Life
Pryor for generations to come. The church that is selling the facility
to us are very excited for us to be in their building. They have been so
kind and helpful.
Our current class of at-risk teens is going strong. We have around 140
cadets on campus. Most of which are attending Grace Life on Sunday and
Wednesday. They seem to be open to the Gospel. Pray for their salvation,
We held our annual Vacation Bible School in June. We had over 50
children attend. The truth of the Gospel was sown into little hearts and
we are praying for fruit.
Our services have been packed and we are so thankful. We simply strive
to be faithful to the Word of God and to shepherd the flock entrusted to
us. We are so thankful for Grace Life Church of the Shoals, and Anchored
In Truth. Our relationships are so precious to us. The partnership in
the Gospel encourages us! Thank you for all you do for us.
Pastor Derek Melton