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Planting an Embassy

Posted on September 7th, 2015.


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 9 and 11 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 | 9 and 11 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.

8 Responses to “Planting an Embassy”

  1. Congrats Pastor Tim! Much success to you and your lovely Bride. You’re destined to do great things! Excited about seeing God’s work in Irving through this ministry and your leadership.

  2. Awesomeness! What a blessing to the city!

  3. So very proud of you Tim…I saw many years ago that you were destined for greatness and this is only the beginning of even greater things to come. Ironically, I was listening to one of your messages from The Potter’s House this week and said to myself, “I wonder how Tim and his wife are doing and where they are now?” Now, I know! Blessings my Brother!

  4. Hi Truesinda!!! It’s great to hear from you. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. Love and miss you! Stop by whenever you get a chance.

  5. Congratulations! God is working. All glory to Him

  6. Greetings man of God. I sent you an email through your website, but I just wanted to let you know that although you don’t know me, I have admired your ministry for years. Please know that you have a brother from another mother here in Mansfield, TX praying for you, your family and the entire Embassy City Church!

  7. Hi Pastor Tim! We attend Gateway…have enjoyed your messages, loved you from afar and are touched by your heart for God and Irving. Been praying for you. I’m part of Mid Cities Pregnancy Center and we have a clinic and Resale Store (Heart to Heart) in Irving, in the Fiesta Shopping strip. Would like to connect with Embassy City, give you a tour. Best days are M, T, Th 9:30-3. God bless you, mighty man of God! Paulette Huff

  8. Pastor Tim and First Lady Juliette, I am so proud of you. I remember when you two were in the minister’s training class! My, how time flies. Periodically I turn to DayStar and to TBN, and there you are. Pastor Hill must be so proud! Remember when you used to drive the white vans and do pick ups and deliveries for The Potter’s House?!? Despise not the day of small beginnings. Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither has it entered into the hearts of men, all that God has prepared for those who love Him. Stay encouraged along this journey, and trust the process. Blessings, Charles and Janice Bishop LeMelle