Former elder Bill Tanner and his wife Doris, of Union City, TN, drove to Dyersburg for years after FPC joined the PCA.
Over the years, others from Obion and Weakley counties made FPC their church home, and by 2008, five families who were a vital part of our church were driving a half hour to an hour for worship services and other church events.
In September 2008, FPC planted Grace Community Church, which was particularized on June 6, 2010, meaning that it had met presbytery’s qualifications to no longer be considered a church plant. Rev. Billy McGarity was called as the first pastor.
Annual Reformation Conference
FPC Dyersburg and Grace Community Church remain strong sister churches and each year sponsor a Reformation Conference at the end of October, alternating which church hosts the conference. Many people today are unfamiliar with the Protestant Reformation, or what they know about it has been clouded by what they learned in school.
The annual conference provides an opportunity to celebrate that great time of revival in history when many had forgotten the basics of Christianity: That our salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and for God’s glory alone, and that His Word alone is the highest authority for faith and life. These five basics are commonly referred to as the Five Solas: Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Christus, Soli Deo Gloria, Sola Scriptura.
A guest preacher is invited for the weekend as multiple services are held. Some of the featured speakers have included Dr. Derek Thomas, Rev. John Sartelle, Rev. David Strain, and Dr. Douglas Kelly.