Above: Scott Bryan and his wife Melissa recently launched a new church plant in southwest Tulsa.

Scott Bryan grew up in West Tulsa. He wasn’t raised in church, but now he finds himself as pastor of a church plant in the actual area of Tulsa where he grew up.

Bryan graduated from Webster High School in Tulsa and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.

“Although I wasn’t raised in a church environment, I thought I lived my life as a pretty good person—but without Jesus,” Bryan said. “However, at the age of 24, I found myself going down the road of alcoholism.”

One night, Bryan said, he had a conversion experience at his home beside his bed.

“After that, I began my journey with Jesus, quickly got baptized and began serving and have been serving ever since,” he said.

The new church launched in September 2021, and in many ways, members are still getting their feet on the ground, while doing lots of mission work in their local area.

The church currently meets on Sunday mornings in a building in the heart of where the congregation is ministering, which became available as the church prayed each night at 7:14.

“The building was definitely an answer to prayer and came to us with lots of equipment that we needed,” Bryan said.

In addition to the Sunday morning services, members meet in homes throughout the week in what they call Cog houses.

“We have food and clothing giveaways and also have met a lot of needs for the local schools, such as feeding athletic teams and painting murals on the walls inside an elementary school,” Bryan revealed. “

Because of where the church is located, Bryan serves on the Route 66 Corridor board.

Bryan and his wife, Melissa, are parents of 11 children. Four are currently living at home, and the rest are grown.

“They keep us busy,” Bryan said.

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Scott Bryan is featured in the 2022 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. To see more information about Southern Baptist work globally, visit oklahomabaptists.org/cp.