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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Roger and Anna Brown start LifeChangers Church International

  • The building at 705 N. Locust served as an unemployment office for many years, then later housed an attorney’s office.

    “Now we’ve made it into a church,” said Pastor Roger Brown of LifeChangers Church International. “We opened up in February.”

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  • The building at 705 N. Locust served as an unemployment office for many years, then later housed an attorney’s office.
    “Now we’ve made it into a church,” said Pastor Roger Brown of LifeChangers Church International. “We opened up in February.”
    He said that services are held at 7 p.m. Thursdays and the doors usually open at 6 p.m. A small coffee shop area  in the  church, called Faith Coffeehouse, is  open Thursday night.
    “The Pittsburg church has really taken off, and we’re looking to put another service in here,” Pastor Brown said.
    He started LifeChangers Church International in 2010 at Galena, which led to the need to launch the Pittsburg church.
    “We have lots of families who drive from Parsons, Arma, Mulberry and Pittsburg to church in Galena and they wanted a midweek evening service that was closer,” the pastor said.
    Galena services are held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.
    “We have contemporary style music, with drums, bass, guitar and piano,” Pastor Brown said.
    Youth programs are provided.
    “We also have a youth camp we started in 2002,” the pastor said. “My wife, Anna, and I have two sons, Tanner,  17, and Lane, 16. We have a youth group, and Tanner is over that. Lane is our youth leader. Anna is our worship leader.”
    Originally from Atoka, Okla., the pastor said he has been ministering since 1996.
    “We traveled nine states as national evangelists, then pastored in Sulphur and Pauls Valley, Okla.,” he said. “We’ve been in full-time ministry since 2000, and I’ve been preaching in the Joplin area since 2001, including leading revivals.”
    Pastor Brown is guided in his mission by the Gospels.
    “LifeChangers is a Full Gospel church,” he said. “We are believing for God to change lives and save souls. We want to reach the hurting, the abandoned, for Jesus.”
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