By NEMS Daily Journal
The Rev. Dale Carr described Lee Acres Church of Christ in Tupelo as a progressive, grace-based church.
“We aren’t into legalism,” the pastor said. “I think everyone that has a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is going to heaven.”
Carr, who has been a minister for 44 years and served 20 years in the Army, including 13 months in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, compared the church’s mission to the Army.
“I see my job as going out into the battlefield of life, looking for the wounded.”
He said some people are wounded by sin, some by self-inflicted wounds and some by society, but he sees it as his and the church’s job to bring the wounded in to minister to whatever their needs may be and send them back out into life again.
The church currently is reaching out to the homeless and hungry through its Stone Soup Ministry. They help feed 25-60 people every Saturday and provide them with toothpaste, tooth brushes and other health/comfort items.
The women at the church are also actively serving with the jail ministry, and the church has conducted several 12-step programs to help people cope with addiction.
‘It’s God and Country for me. I’ve served my country, and I serve my God.’
• Denomination: Church of Christ
• Pastor: Dale Carr
• Established: Oct. 19, 1969
• Average attendance: 140
• Worship style: blended
• Worship days: Sun. – worship 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., classes 11 a.m., Wed. – services 7 p.m.
• Address: 1400 S. Lawndale Drive, Tupelo
• Website: www.leeacreschurch.org
• Phone: (662) 844-3111
• Church mission: patterned after Luke 4:18-19
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