Name change comes with start of classes
Memorial Bible Church is now Mingo Valley Bible Fellowship.
As various churches change their names for a number of reasons, the congregation of Mingo Valley Bible Fellowship had a clear purpose – to better associate and support Mingo Valley Christian School.
In 1993, members of Mingo Valley Christian Church which sponsored Mingo Valley Christian School (then an elementary school) approached Memorial Bible Church and asked to merge and bring the school in as part of MBC’s ministry.
That took place at a facility at 9123 E. 22nd Place.
The school flourished and added a middle school and high school. In 2004, Memorial Bible Church and Mingo Valley Christian School both moved in the current location at 8720 E. 61st St. (the former home of Tulsa Bible Church).
Pastor Ben Averitt came to the church in 2007 and a discussion began about changing the name of both the church and the school to better describe the ministry relationship.
This wasn’t the first time Memorial Bible Church changed its name. It was founded in 1954 by Pastor John Wakefield and named Memorial Drive Community Church a year later. The name was changed to Memorial Bible Church in 1961.
Because of the effort and expense involved in changing the name of the school, the congregation instead voted to change the name of the church to match its largest ministry.
“A name change doesn’t change the quality of people and the quality of love and care that we share with one another or with anyone who may choose to worship with us any particular Lord’s Day,” said Averitt. “God is slowly shaping, molding and re-growing our fellowship around the word of God – the Bible. This is why we are Mingo Valley Bible Fellowship.”
Mingo Valley Christian School Superintendent Joel Staggers, who is also an associate pastor of the church, welcomed the change and said it would help draw the school and church closer together. Enrollment this fall is over 300 students.
Mingo Valley Christian School started classes last week.