Who Are We?
The heart of our church is to reach out to the community in practical ways so the unchurched, uncommitted, and undecided people of Downtown Memphis become passionate followers of Christ. To reach unchurched people in Downtown Memphis, we create environments where people can find authentic relationships, compelling worship, and a life-giving message. Everyone is welcomed and accepted just as they are, to have a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ.
What's Our Story?
It's June 25th, Tasha and I were invited by some friends to attend a youth conference at our church and decided it would be good to reconnect with old friends. Service was great and worship is always amazing there. After worship, one of the pastors would preach a message about living a life without fear. That couldn't be ME, right?
I wanted to find an established church. One that could pay me a reasonable salary, run a youth ministry, live a care-free life, and trust God to move. I wanted the right things. Didn't I? My dream included God, but I didn't allow Him to write my dream. That night sitting in that seat, I begged God to show me His will for my life and to remove any fear I had to carry out His will.
I felt the Spirit say, "Do...what I made you to do." In that brief moment I was sitting down, head down, and in a whisper mixed with some fear I told God, "Yes." I had always felt ”unqualified" and wanted to land in my "safety-net dream” of ministry, but in one night the Holy Spirit would put the calling on our lives to start a church. I sat next to my wife and told her, "I think God wants us to start a church.”
Tasha and I love Memphis, but we know Memphis has some serious complications. These complications affect our lives and our city more than we would like to admit… POVERTY… HOMELESSNESS… BROKEN FAMILIES… ADDICTION… HUMAN TRAFFICKING…
Jesus is the solution and we are the change we want to see. Our message is Jesus. Our goal is change. To Connect and Grow!
Meet Our Pastors
Jeremy and Tasha Louison
Since Tasha and I met in 2010, we knew we were called to do something far greater than ourselves. As we have continued to seek the heart of God, we began to see that His call on our life was to pastor a church. As we now see this dream beginning to unfold, we are filled with excitement and anticipation to continue the next part of our journey. This was not an easy step to take, but we are confident that we are doing what God has called us to do and we are excited to continue to see God fulfill His purpose through us.
Prior to pastoring Pioneer Church, Tasha and I have served in leadership positions in various local churches. During those times, God developed in us a huge heart and passion for people. Serving in these churches has equipped us for a time to lead and serve the people in our community. These were wonderful experiences, in which we matured and flourished in our calling.
We are so grateful that we have been blessed with the opportunity to serve Pioneer Church in a full time capacity. We have been offered some wonderful opportunities to disciple new believers, grow leaders, and communicate God’s truth in a dynamic way. We feel this experience has taught us what true leadership is and how to effectively lead and inspire others. We are thankful to have leaders who believe in the calling of Pioneer and pour into this community. We have experienced the impact of how a life-giving church can transform the community. Our desire is to serve those who are hurting, lost, and in need; this has inspired us to serve in the Downtown Memphis area.
Integrity – We believe in serving and operating with integrity, it reflects the splendor of God and the church.
Diversity – We believe that the local church should look like Heaven.
Excellence – We believe excellence honors God and inspires people to be their best.
Prayer – We believe prayer changes us and the presence of God is vital everything we do.
Vision – We believe in journeying together. Vision sees territory previously considered uninhabitable and realizes its potential.
Passion – We believe passionate people stretch the boundaries and extends the horizon.
Hospitality – We believe in reaching the unreachable and including the excluded.
Honor – We believe in the value of honoring all people.
Generosity – We believe that giving is an extension of worship and obedience to God.
Gratitude – We believe the church is stronger when everyone serves with gratitude
"The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant "
Overseers are pastors of respected churches and ministries who are passionate about what God is doing through Pioneer Church and are aligned with our Vision and Beliefs.
As overseers, these pastors provide prayer, accountability, spiritual protection, and spiritual guidance to Pastor Jeremy and Pioneer Church. Overseers serve as Apostolic Elders.