Mental Fitness

Pastor Marty Blog

One of the most significant challenges facing people today is mental and emotional health issues. According to the NIMH (National Institute for Mental Health), one in five Americans is affected by a mental health issue. More than 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, and over 19 million adults and 2 million young people under the age of 17, are diagnosed with depression. This is alarming, and while I very much … Read More

Are You Offended?

Pastor Marty Blog

One of my favorite moments in the classic movie, “Forest Gump,” happens when Forest shares that one day, for no particular reason, he decided to go for a run. Over the past few months, as I have scrolled through social media and contemplated the current climate and condition of our society, I find myself wondering if many of us are saying a similar statement to Forests’: “One day, for no … Read More

Ask A Better Question

Pastor Marty Blog

Over the course of my life and time in ministry, I have found that life always happens. No one has escaped the fall of man or the forces set in motion by it. Sin and deaths entrance into our world guaranteed that we will all encounter suffering and for us believers, I have found this is a jagged pill to swallow. In our zeal and immaturity, we can sometimes assume … Read More

The Power of Acceptance

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This past year, I walked through the most difficult season of my life. It sucked in every way. I remember on one occasion talking to my counselor (I think every Pastor should have one) about my disdain for how things had gone and were going, when he fired back a phrase that shook me in the moment and has stuck with me since. The phrase was “radical acceptance.” The power … Read More

4 Pitfalls of People Pleasing (And How to Live Free)

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Do you care if people like you? If I am being honest, I do. I think it would be nice to be completely free from the opinions, judgements and assessments of others, but I am not. Are you? For all of us, rejection can be one of our greatest fears, and many times harbors our most painful experiences. Because of this, acceptance is something we all long for. Let’s face … Read More

4 Lessons I’ve Learned in Life and Leadership

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A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to write a leadership curriculum for leaders in our church. That process led me down memory lane of the life and leadership lessons I have learned over the last 20 years of ministry. It’s hard to believe that I have actually been involved in ministry for that long, but I must say, through it all, I have managed to learn a … Read More

What 2020 Taught Me

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I think most everyone can agree that 2020 was a year, unlike anything we have seen. Many have stories of difficulty, frustration, loss or pain. I can say without reservation that the most painful and difficult season of my life fell within the months of 2020. It was a year that marked me, humbled me, scared me, and stretched me. Something that we need to do, that we sometimes fail … Read More

Derrick Edwards

Stories

I started my journey with Pathway roughly 5 years ago. I knew a few people who were attending at that time and I was in the process of changing jobs where I would be off work on weekends. I believed in God but did not have a relationship with Him. I was a “wreck” in every sense of the word. Almost immediately, my wife Candace felt that we found a … Read More

Regina Skinner

Stories

My story is so complicated that it is hard to try and put so much into so little. I would like to begin with a phone call I had with my oldest son when he was “traveling” (basically living on the streets) in Santa Barbara, CA when he was around 21. I had been sent out west on business to Bakersfield and he was going to try and get there … Read More

Ko Sasaki

Stories

Born and raised in Japan not knowing Christ, I came to the US as a graduate student. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was in Austin TX, but my spiritual growth was slow and sometimes stagnant. I felt God was silent, but at the same time, I wanted to “experience” God and to change the status quo. When I asked one of my dear Christian brothers, “How can … Read More

Angie Herndon

Stories

If I had to use one word to describe what Pathway means to me, I would use the word “home”. I was searching for a church home, not just a place to worship God. You could say I was homeless. I did go to church but none of the churches I attended ever felt like home. Over the past eighteen years I attended different churches looking for a home, and … Read More

Robbie and Lauren Owens

Stories

The very first time we stepped into Pathway we felt an overwhelming presence of the Lord. We felt at home, at peace and safe. Everyone who spoke to us was very genuine and we agreed that we wanted to look into making Pathway our home. One of our favorite things about Pathway is the value “saved people serve people”. Over the course of our journey, the people of Pathway have … Read More

Bill Graham

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Bill Graham

Please don’t let this gray hair fool you, I am only 5 years old. You see, our Good Father saved me in March of 2012 and literally changed all my desires in an instant. Literally. What I call my “Pre-Jesus” life was full of sin. No need to spend time discussing the details, and we don’t want to pat the devil on the back for the job he did on … Read More

Kollin Huddleston

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Kollin Huddleston and family

My wife and I both grew up in very structured, Christian households and in church. We were both hurt in different ways by different people in church leadership multiple times and both had decided we were done. God used Pathway to restore our view of “the church”. I vividly remember our first time to Pathway after we decided to stop going to church. One of my best friends relentlessly pursued … Read More

Cassidy Daniel

Stories

Cassidy baptism

God has shown His grace, His provision and His heart to me time and time again at Pathway. I came to Pathway as a very lost little girl— pursuing whatever it was that could make me feel loved. I didn’t know what I was really getting into, but I know that Pathway meant stability for me, and I would have done whatever it took to get through those doors. I … Read More

Dan and Eve Dropka

Stories

couple at Pathway Dreamy's Dinner 2016

I came out of a situation of where, when I was promoted to a North Texas town, I really came to distrust ‘the church’ and the people as a whole. After Eve and I moved back to Longview, we started looking around again. We found a church that God moved in us to start tithing… Tithing wasn’t in the budget, there was NO spare dollars for tithing, but we wanted … Read More

Rachel Bowman

Stories

Rachel Bowman Story

I started coming to Pathway almost two years ago. When I first started coming, a group of people immediately made me feel connected, and ultimately just super at home (which was weird for me because I wasn’t used to church humans being so great, or humans in general being so great). Aside from that, the message was always great and the worship that we had was amazing. With the worship, … Read More

Ariene Allen

Stories

Ariene Allen - Staff

I moved to East Texas in August of 2015 and started a job that sent me on one of the greatest adventures of my life. I was working at a boarding school and it “just so happened” that the house of girls I became responsible for had been attending Pathway. When I first started to attend, I didn’t click with Pathway immediately. While the people were warm and friendly, it … Read More

Mike and Andi Mitchell

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Mike and Andi Mitchell

Andi and I began visiting Pathway in Spring of 2016. We decided by early summer that Pathway was where God wanted us to call home. At the time we starting coming to Pathway we were going through a very tough season of our lives. Our family business was on rock bottom from low oil prices so that meant that it was a tough financial time for us. But, I also … Read More

Steve and Ashley Hardaway

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Steve and Ashley Hardaway

My wife and I were searching for a new church home. Something was missing; church was supposed to be more than just meeting on Sunday mornings. We wanted to develop real relationships and not have to fit into a certain category. We got introduced to Pathway through the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class. We had heard a lot about it, and decided to give it a try. In those nine … Read More