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Pastor Kermit grew up in the Texas panhandle, the youngest of five children. After working in the family business, at the age of 18, the Lord changed the direction of his life.  Upon completing a B.S. in Business Management he enrolled in seminary where He earned his M.A. in Biblical LIterature.  In 1985 he joined the pastoral team at GT as the Business Administrator.  He has served as the Lead Pastor since 2003. He has been married to Cindy for 31 years. Four of their five children are married and the youngest is in college. In addition to serving as pastor for GT, Kermit enjoys gourmet cooking, traveling, and riding with Cindy in their 1969 Datsun Roadster, which he personally restored.  They love the Austin area and consider it a privilege to be part of God's work in the city.

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Joshua, Mitch & Katie (White), Kermit, Hayley & Michael, Cindy, Sarah & Richard (Mann),  Lauren & Chris

[Excerpt from Pastor Kermit Bell's Blog] When I was growing up in the church we rarely missed a service. I had to be sick in bed (which I faked a few times) if I wanted stay home instead of going to church service. That’s just the way it was. When I entered vocational ministry almost 28 years ago the committed core- the people who carried the lion share of resourcing the church with time and money- would be absent from Sunday services about once every three months. Today the committed core is absent on average 3-4 times every quarter. This mean the main leaders that are moving the vision forward are there about 75% of the time. Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore! Of course, we all realize the pace of work and life has sped up exponentially and doesn’t appear it will ever slow down. I think I speak for many pastors when I say we understand the demands of life and are sympathetic to the impact this has on church attendance, but, there is a dangerous trend developing that sees participation in weekly worship service as optional. Human nature hasn’t changed and... [READ MORE]

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Liberty Hill Church Plant

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New church to celebrate Easter
By Linda Lattanzio,
Leader Staff Writer
Glad Tidings of Austin will celebrate Easter and the renewal of God’s promise to all men with the opening of its newest branch, Grace Alive, in Liberty Hill. The new Assembly of God Christian family purchased the old Liberty Chapel (more recently Resurrection Life) facility on Highway 29 just west of town, almost directly across from Liberty Hill Cemetery. The 30-year-old facility was first constructed and dedicated by Larry Donahue. That Donahue was the same man that started Glad Tidings of Austin. Which brings the facility full circle. In recognition of this special man, the church building is being rededicated to him and his memory.
Pastor Dawn Slack first started Grace Alive eight years ago with Bible stories held at her home.
“Two years ago they (Resurrection Life) approached us to see if we were interested in buying the facility,” she said. It took about a year to finalize the deal. Since then the old church has seen major renovation.
In January 2010 extreme weather conditions caused all the water pipes in the building to burst. Before anyone knew what had happened, the entire building was flooded.
“That all but destroyed the building,” Slack said. “It was flooded pretty badly.
“But we found termite damage we wouldn’t have if we hadn’t had to replace the dry wall,” Slack put a bright note on the damage. As a result, the building sparkles with all new dry wall, new flooring, new paint and a new life.
“It’s kinda neat how it has grown,” Slack said.
The grand opening Easter celebration will include a church service at 10 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt, moon walks, and a barbecue dinner. Everyone in the community is invited to come worship and celebrate with Grace Alive.
The Slacks have lived in Liberty Hill for 13 years. Sons Joshua, Caleb, and Micah all graduated from Liberty Hill High School. Benjamin will graduate next year. Caleb has joined his mother as youth pastor at Grace Alive.
“He’s my associate as well,” Slack said. “Everyone calls him Ca-Love. The kids all love him. He doesn’t know a stranger.”
“This is a church of new beginnings,” Slack said. “Thanks to God we are here. God’s grace is alive and well.”

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1. What are the worship services like? 2. What about my children? 3. What does your church Believe? 4. What is the history of GTAustin? 5. What's the purpose and vision of GTAustin? 6. Will I have to sign anything, give anything, or be singled out in any way? 7. How do I get to the church? 8. What Should I wear? 9. What do you have for junior high and senior high school students? 10. Do you have a mid-week service? 11. How do I get connected to GTAustin? 12. Does GTAustin serve the city or community?

1. What are the worship services like?

We work hard to make sure every weekend service is creative and relevant to your life. A greeter will welcome you at the door and our guest team will be ready to provide you with information on GT. We have a room for infants in our main worship center and offer ministry for your children 3 months – 5th grade in our Kid City Building. Our music team will begin the service with contemporary music to help create an atmosphere to connect with God. We also provide dinner on Wednesday nights and activities for the whole family. Click here to listen to online sermons and our latest original worship album.   2. What about my children? While you are enjoying an exciting worship service, your children will be well cared for in a nurturing, fun, safe and clean, age-appropriate environment. We have childcare for children ages 0 to Pre-K and a fun and dynamic Kids service is available for kids K to 5. Click here to find out more about our Children's Ministry. Family First - the family service at GTAustin - is designed for families to worship together.  Parents, grandparents and children (kindergarten or older) can experience worship and ministry together at 9:00 am the first Sunday of every month in between the 8:30 am and 10:30 am service in the Kid City Building.   3. What does your church believe? Click here for information on our beliefs     4. What is the History of GT? Click here to read a letter from Pastor   5. What's the vision of GTAustin? Vision: Presence Driven | Disciple Making | Church Planting Community   6. Will I have to say anything, sign anything, give anything, or be singled out in any way? If you are visiting, we do not ask you to give a dime when we pass the offering plate. We will not make you wear a visitor badge or stand up so that everyone can see you. We would like you to fill out a connection card so that we can assist you in your visit at GTAustin. You will also be invited to attend a New to GT class in between services in the Forum room of the Training Center Building. At this reception you will receive a gift and be able to meet some of the leaders and members of our church.   7. How do I get to the church? Click here for directions   8. What should I wear? Some people come dressed in jeans and t-shirts while others come dressed business casual. If you prefer to wear ties or a dress, that's fine too. We want you to feel comfortable while you are here at GT   9. What do you have for junior high and senior high school students? We have "Re-Life Student Ministries" for students from 6th grade to senior high.   10. Do you have a mid-week service? Yes. We offer a family dinner in our Training Center starting at 5:30pm and then at 7 pm on Wednesdays we offer an Adult worship and prayer service and ministries for kids from kindergarten to 5th grade. Children's ministry for kids ages 0 to preschool is also available. Wednesdays, we have ReLife Student Ministries for 6th grade through senior high students. Our Wednesday night activities for adults and children end at 8:15pm. Click here for Service Times and Directions   11. How do I get connected at GT? Coming to a larger church, for some people, is a bit overwhelming. There are so many people, so many options, and so many ministries and small groups to be a part of. At GT, we have a time that is designed for people who are new to our church to help bring some order to this overwhelming adventure. Every, Sunday at 10 am we invite you to enjoy a free drink from our coffee shop while you connect with some of our leaders. If you are interested, we can talk about our history as a church, what we believe, and how we do church.  In addition, one of our leaders will help you become more familiar with our facilities so you have a good idea where everything is located. We will also help you get connected to a Small Group that will provide a lasting atmosphere of relationship and discipleship, as well as, an Ephesians 4:12 (Sunday School) class or in short E4:12 class. Through this brief class, we want to help you become connected in real relationships with people who can help you become a fully devoted follower of Christ.   12. Does GT serve the city or community? We have an Outreach ministry that seeks to serve the city in various ways throughout the calendar year. We have neighborhood initiatives, ministries to those in need, and special events for outreach. It is our corporate outreach goal at GT to Serve, Accept, Love and Tell those within our community 365 days a year! We are striving through the SALT Strategy to become a catalyst for change by engaging our church in outreach to be messengers of Christ to those within our community. Contact us here for more details.

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