About Us

Our History

The Word Church was the result of the vision of two Pastors, Rev. Dr. Randy M. Haynes and Pastor Tony Ray Smith, with two separate and distinct churches to do more together for the Kingdom of God.  Open the Book Ministries and The Empowerment Church first joined in partnership by sharing a worship location beginning in November of 2015.  Upon the announcement of Rev. Dr. Haynes' retirement, a prayerful decision was made to merge both churches and to hold one worship service starting in March 2016 with the anticipation of a new ministry commencing in January 2017.  Relationships grew and God was truly glorified as OTB/TEC became one body during those nine months of worship and fellowship.

On January 8, 2017, The Word Church launched with over 100 members joining under the leadership of Pastor Tony Ray Smith as Senior Pastor, Pastor Cory J. Lanier as Executive Pastor, and Rev. Dr. Randy M. Haynes as Overseer.  The Word Church desires to be a church that is unconventional and non-traditional. We are not your grandmother's church!  The Word Church strives to develop active believers and to equip God's people to lead Kingdom driven lives.