Pastor Tim Ross talks about his vision for Embassy City Church.
Pastor Tim Ross loves the city of Irving. In fact, there are few people on this earth as passionate about Irving as he is. He says it’s because he has a burden for that city, which has led him to plant Embassy City Church. With Gateway’s blessing, Embassy City Church will join other life-giving churches in North Irving, and he is very excited about having a church there.
Tim didn’t always want to be a senior pastor. He dreamed of becoming a homicide detective and started the process of joining the Los Angeles Police Department in 1995. In the middle of that process he became radically saved in January of 1996 and started preaching five weeks later. Even in the years that followed, he wasn’t sure about becoming a senior pastor. “I never saw myself as Batman,” he says jokingly. “I was always more of a Robin.”
Over the course of several months in early 2013, God spoke to Tim about planting Embassy City Church in Irving. Tim was thrilled because of his deep roots in Irving. It’s where he lived and worked for years, he proposed to his wife, and both of his children were born. God told him, “This is where you’ll give birth to our church.”
There’s another reason Tim loves Irving—its diversity. Tim came to Dallas from Southern California in 1997. Two days before he was coming to visit his aunt and uncle here, the Lord told him to pack his bags and move here, so he bought a one-way ticket to Dallas on a Greyhound bus. “The diversity of Southern California never left my heart,” says Tim. “When I moved to Irving it felt like home.”
Several months ago, as he was studying Irving ’s history, it jumped out at him. In 2012, Trulia published a study that found Irving’s 75038 ZIP code was the single most diverse ZIP code in the United States. “Seeing that statistic was a confirmation of what God is going to do through our church,” says Tim. “I’m going to be very intentional about having diversity at Embassy City Church.”
Tim believes Embassy City Church will join with the variety of existing churches in Irving to help raise the God- consciousness of the city. “It takes all types to reach all types,” says Tim. “We want to help serve alongside the established churches in the city to reach more people for Jesus.”
Irving has a very unique history. Most notable is Las Colinas, a mixed-use residential and commercial development that spans 12,000 acres. While the growth has been successful, it’s difficult to ignore the lack of visible churches in the area. “I felt like the Holy Spirit said to me, ‘They planned for many things to be here, but God wants to be here too,’” says Tim.
So on September 13 at 10:00 am, Pastor Tim will lead the charge at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving for Embassy City Church’s first service. He is preparing for a spiritual battle that will require a lot of prayer, and he’s passionate about seeing people become ambassadors for the kingdom of God.
“I am grateful to be sent by Pastor Robert and our elders to Irving,” says Tim. “We are ready to serve!”
More about Embassy City Church
First Service: Sunday, September 13 | 11:00 am
4601 N MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, TX 75038
Senior Pastor: Tim Ross
Lead Apostolic Elder: Robert Morris
Local Elders: Preston Morrison, Gayland Lawshe, and Kenneth Fambro
Embassy City Church is a sister church to Gateway and is being planted with Gateway’s blessing.