"The great purpose toward which each human life is drawn is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Each member of the church glorifies God by recognizing and naming His glory, which is the manifestation and revelation of His own nature." From The Essential Tenets of the Reformed Faith.

That may be a lot to take in, but this statement paints a beautiful and true picture of what it means to live in God's world as His child. God cares for us, so we care for each other. God sought us when we ran from Him, but now, as His children, we enjoy the Father's heart and share it with our neighbors. It's a beautiful Gospel truth that shapes our identity. 



Our Mission & Values

Grounded Biblically, we....

     Love Genuinely

     Pray Expectantly

     Follow Courageously

     Share Extravgantly

        .....Because of Jesus

Our Vision

God's Purpose in Every Life

Our Strategies

To Achieve God''s Purpose in Every Life....

     We will be The Church Gathered.

     We will be The Church Scattered.

     We will be The Church Transformed.



God's Word
God's Grace in Christ
Covenant Life in the Church
Faithful Stewardship of All of Life
Sanctity of Life
Covenant Marriage


Rev. Tom Willcox

Lead Pastor

Pastor Tom became a Christian as a highschool student and was actively involved in Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU) and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship through the end of his college years. After a few years in the business world, Pastor Tom received a call to full-time pastoral ministry. He is married to Raylene, who is an RN and an ECO pastor and currently runs the Palliative Care department at Cox Branson. Tom and Raylene love spending time with their children and grandchildren and their two dogs Abby and Lasha. 




Positions Open

Director of Worship Arts

Leader of Students & Young Family Outreach

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Meg Pyron

Office Administrator

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Assistant Director of Worship Arts

Greg Pyron

Director of Maintenance



Our story is one of a homestead. Why?

A homestead is a cluster of homes and families, built to provide security, shelter, and a sense of home for those in the community and passers-by.

Not long after the railroad transformed a White River camp into the bustling little town of Branson, the Old Stone Church was built.  Gospel preaching had created the Presbyterian congregation, and the congregation worked with the townspeople to create the church.  People donated the land, lumber, and labor.  They gave or raised what they could for the project – even children chipped in by picking and selling wild berries.  Together, more than a church building was built.  A settlement became a community and residents became neighbors.  But even more importantly, God's people came to embody a special expression of the Father's heart for this place.  We received the call to draw Branson into God's work and family through partnership in His mission.

This particular kind of leadership has been our call and story ever since.  We call it homesteading.  It's not charge-ahead bravado or clever trend-setting.  Nor is it heroism that saves the world singlehandedly.  Instead, homesteading is about taking a stand on the simple Gospel truth that following Jesus means loving God and our neighbor more than ourselves.  We've staked this claim, and from it we raise a vision of our Father's household, welcoming in all who desire friendship or need shelter.  Although homesteading keeps our doors open to both neighbors and passers-by, it does not seek merely to entertain in parlors or living rooms.  We are called to combine nurture and grit, generosity and conviction in a way that calls visitors and refugees alike into participation in God's work for the common good.  By inviting everyone who enters from front door to kitchen and from living room to workshop, we grow together into daughters and sons of our Father, fully equipped to seek our promised inheritance and extend God's household to new people and places.

The rediscovery of this call is essential for these times.  Branson, though unique in our country, is not insulated from the sea of change that is engulfing our world.  We are unsettled and perplexed by the noisy, disruptive storms that shake us from foundation to core.  Things we once trusted as unchanging are now uncertain, and for all of our busyness and the promises of innovation, we feel ever more lost and abandoned in a spiritual, economic, and social wilderness.  But the Gospel thrives in conditions such as these.  God's household is a refuge, and His fathering creates community out of chaos and inheritance out of desolation.  We must redouble our efforts to extend welcome to neighbor and stranger.  We must strive to deepen our learning of the ways of Jesus that involve and engage everyone in the Lord's work.  We must send each other as daughters and sons, birthing many more households, until everyone has a chance to find a place in God's family.