Tahlequah Daily Press


June 24, 2014

Drywaters share their ministry of music

TAHLEQUAH — A ministry of music is a joyful way to share the word of God.

That’s the way Bill Drywater, pastor at Steeley Springs Baptist Church, and his wife, Rebecca, enjoy their work.

The Drywater family has been at Steeley Springs since September 1999.

“Tahlequah has been home to us since 1998,” he said. “My wife and I were born in other communities not far from here, so there are many, many relatives who live here or nearby. It’s always been ‘home’ to us.”

Steely Springs Church invited the Drywaters to hold a revival a couple years prior to their becoming pastors there. They’d spoken with a couple of the church members and learned their former pastor had resigned, and they were praying for another pastor to take over.

“At the time, I was not searching for a church to pastor at all. My family and I have a singing ministry, and this is what we have been called to do,” he said. “I have always considered myself as being an evangelist, and not a pastor.”

After prayers were offered, it was determined they would assist Steeley Springs Church as a temporary assistant pastor for three months, until the church found a full-time permanent pastor to take charge.

“Well, it didn’t work out the way we thought it would. In January 2000, the pastoral duties began and we have been the church since,” he said.

Bill was ordained in 1986, although he has not attended seminary.

“I am attending the Holy Ghost university, and this is where I continually receive training and instructions throughout the years,” said Drywater. “Christ called me into the ministry, and when he calls a person, there’s no turning back to the world. This, in my opinion – being spirit-filled and God-led – is the only way a person can be an evangelist or a pastor. I can honestly say our congregation and I work together in one accord and get things done because of the fact that we believe in the same God and want to do his will in all ways, in church and outside.”

Music is a special part of the ministry.

“My wife and I got saved through the gospel song,” said Drywater. “Having a family that loves to sing and bless many people through anointed songs and testimony is my most cherished gift.”

Drywater’s wife, Becky, is a great part of the ministry, said Drywater.

“She has been a help-mate in many areas of the churches we have been involved in, not only as a prayer partner and confidante, but a great help such as teaching Sunday school in all ages through adult, song leader, activity director, bass player, cook, baker – you name it, she’s done it and is still doing it!” he said.

Visitors will find the Steeley Springs Church members are spirit-led in a program-free, Holy Spirit-led church, he said.

“There is a scripture that says, ‘Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’ This is the case of the wonderful group of people at this church,” Drywater said. “The congregation has witnessed many miraculous healings and wonderful happenings come to pass after prayer and fasting. They have put prayer first in decisions that may be forthcoming.”

Steeley Springs Church supported a missionary for a number of years in Mexico.

Steeley Springs isn’t a large church, but the congregation serves “a mighty large God,” said Drywater.

Young people have always been included in church services.

“Our young people have a youth night that is affiliated with youth at another church, New Hope Baptist Church in Hulbert, and Vacation Bible School. Young people need to know who Jesus Christ is and the best advice I can give parents is to not send your children to church, but to join them by taking them to church,” Drywater said. “Our wonderful youth leader, Stephanie, is and always has been concerned for the young people. She is a wonderful asset to the congregation and very blessed in that way.”

One of his favorite scriptures in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.”

“I want to encourage people that knowing the Lord has been a rewarding experience for me and my family. He truly is ‘The way, the truth and the life,” said Drywater.


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