The vision to start The Link Church in Irving was officially given to Pastor Lewis, in August of 2012, after he preached at a back to school give-a-way. Many un-churched families from all cultures and races attended the event to receive free school supplies. Pastor Lewis was caught off guard by the diverse crowd. Leaving his notes at his chair, he got up to preach with the feeling of being unprepared. Upon finishing his message he extended the opportunity to accept Christ and people from different cultures and races came to the stage and accepted Christ. The next morning, still in unbelief, God spoke to him and said “I have called you to be a link between me and those who don’t know me.” After hearing God, the vision for ‘The Link Church” was birthed.
Pastor Lewis shared the vision with his wife, Dana, and she was in total support, knowing that God had called them to start a church. In January 2014 we began holding weekly bible study while preparing for the official June launch of the church. The Link Church is a place where people of different ages, walks of life and circumstances can come and find a place where they belong. We are a family where newbies are accepted, socks are optional, grace is required, forgiveness is promoted, accountability is available, hope is alive and where it's okay not to be ok. The Link Church is sincerely “A Place Where You Belong.” Pastor Lewis & Dana are excited to see what God is going to do through The Link Church.
Pastor Lewis was born in the house of two preachers in Milwaukee. In spite of his church upbringing he chose the street life in search of the fast lane and its fast rewards. While still a teenager he was addicted to parties, clubs, alcohol, marijuana and even found himself involved in organized crime to support his high costly lifestyle. Within the blink of an eye, at the age of 17, he was a statistic in the Texas Prison System. While incarcerated and facing 35 years in prison God sent a cell mate to share with him that life is not over. At that moment Godly sorrow came in his heart, he repented of his sins and he accepted Christ. In spite of facing the fact that he would serve time in prison, he continued to grow in his relationship with God.
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Dana, the daughter of a singing evangelist and a faithful choir member, was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. Losing her father at the age of 10 caused her to search for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. At the age of 15 she was associated with gangs, dabbling with selling drugs and living a lifestyle that was contrary to how she was raised.
At 16 years old she became pregnant and later experienced a miscarriage. Major depression took the forefront in her life and she dropped out of high school. At the lowest point in her life she knew she had to call on God. It was in that state that she accepted Christ in her life. She returned to school and graduated on time by attending day and night school.
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