Our History

The Well of Dyersburg developed out of conversations that began in 2015 between several Black and White Christians living in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Although their local churches were no longer racially exclusive, as they once had been many years before, most of these devoted followers of Christ—like the overwhelming majority of contemporary American Christians—had rarely worshipped with other Christians who did not look much like them.

They felt a desire to change that.

Their aim—what they began to perceive of as their calling—was to plant a congregation that does church differently.

They were determined to worship here on earth as much as possible as it will be in heaven: people from many tribes coming together as a church family in which racial diversity is intentionally promoted, celebrated, and utilized.

These friends began meeting in Pastor Carolyn’s living room to pray, share, and plan. They received encouragement from many— in their local churches and beyond—who believed in the importance of their mission.

The first worship gathering at The Well of Dyersburg was a Sunrise Service on Easter Morning 2016.