Why live oak Exists...

Live Oak was founded in 1993 with the purpose of making more and stronger followers of Jesus Christ. 

We believe a life that is meaningfully connected to Christ and Community is a life that thrives.  

We want to see families and individuals connecting to and pursuing GOD, GOD'S WORD, GOD'S PEOPLE and GOD'S MISSION.

Live Oak believes our greatest impact is to be made ACROSS THE STREET, ACROSS THE GLOBE and INTO THE NEXT GENERATION.

HOw Live oak is structured

The cornerstone of Live Oak's structure is Jesus Christ. We ALL submit to His authority in our lives by abiding, and  He calls everyone to be a minister and into service. We look to affirm those he is already calling into leadership. We believe in a plurality of leadership as demonstrated in Scripture.

3 Teams Oversee Live Oak Community Church:


~Equipping and leading those who call Live Oak their church home

meet our staff team


~Spiritual shepherds, overseers and vision-setting

Our current elders are: Mike Buchanan (chairman), Randy Wright, Jay Harrell, Philip Archinal, Doug Halcomb, and Mark Porter


~Day to day business affairs (finance, personnel and budgeting)

Our Board of Directors is: Randy Wright (chairman), Greg Norman, Pat Herring, Jim Johnson, John Lowe, Marcus Wooley, Brian Sanderson, Juli McCauley, Becky Palmer, Joe Magby, Doug Halcomb and Mark Porter

What we believe...

-People matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church. 

-People are most effectively reached through personal relationships. 

-The church should offer a safe environment for people to be introduced to the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. 

-The church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. 

-The church should actively join God in serving the poor and oppressed.  

-Christ followers should manifest authenticity and yearn for continuous growth.  

-Christian growth and life-change happen best in small groups and through life-on-life discipleship. 

-A church should operate as a unified community of servants stewarding their spiritual gifts.  

-Loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. 

-The church should reflect God’s heart for all people by the way we lovingly relate among ethnicities, 

cultures, and socio-economic identities. 

-Excellence honors God and inspires people. 

-Worship should be vibrant and meaningful. 

-The church remains vitally linked to God through focus on prayer and His word.

The Bible 

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. 

(2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)


We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein; thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes. (John 1:1-5, 14; Acts 17:24-28) 


The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way, and was thus alienated from God and suffered the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is, then, wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation. 

(Ephesians 2:8- 10; Philippians 1:6)

Jesus Christ 

Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united  forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. 

(Acts 2:22-36; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)

The Christian Life (The Holy Spirit) 

The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, evidenced in believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of life, assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the up-building of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father. 

(Acts 1:4-8; Galatians 5:22-23) 

Human Destiny

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. God’s judgment will reveal his justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.

 (Hebrews 9:27; John 14:1-6)

The Church 

The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the church. There is one true church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Forgiver and Leader. The Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion as the ordinance established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world. Wherever  God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watch-care of elders and the supportive leadership of other affirmed leaders, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. 

(Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25 ) 

Faith and Practice

Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent.  Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible. 

(1 Corinthians 10:23-32)