About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family


Here's the deal, Living Word cares about one thing more than anything else; Jesus Christ. We are a family of individuals who have found life-changing power in Jesus and simply want to help as many people as possible experience God's love, power, and presence. At Living Word, you will be encouraged and equipped with the Word of God so you can not only live a victorious life, but influence and change your world around you by demonstrating the love God has placed in your heart.


Living Word started in 1978 as Gospel of the Living Word Church by a few families who met in each other's living rooms. The church eventually grew to the point of needing to rent a storefront in the Northgate Mall. It was when the church was meeting there that Pastors Al & Barb Dean moved to Spencer to pastor the church in 1995. Two years later the current church building in southeast Spencer was completed and on May 4th, 1997, the first church service was held in our current location.

The name change occurred early on in Pastor Al's tenure. Feeling a call of God on the church to reach out beyond the four walls of the church building to Spencer and the surrounding communities, Pastor Al renamed the church to Living Word Outreach Ministries.

Pastor Al was Lead Pastor for 24 years and was the visionary and spearhead through many years of fruitful ministry. He stepped down as Lead in the summer of 2019 due to health concerns and took on the title of Pastor Emeritus. His wife and partner in ministry for all those 24 years, Pastor Barb, then stepped in as Lead Pastor and is a strong and anointed leader who is continuing to carry on the mission of the church.


So what's the bottom line? More than ever, Living Word is committed to fostering a family built around four key mission points:

Pursuing God

Encouraging Growth

Developing Faith

Demonstrating Love

We believe that each of these has a vital role to play in our lives if we want to live abundant lives in Jesus. But there's so much to unpack in each of those points, so to learn more about Living Word's Mission and Vision, click here.


Most importantly, it means that wherever you're at in your faith journey, you're welcome at Living Word! None of us were meant to do life or Christianity alone, so we need each other. That's why God established the capital C Church, the Body of Christ. We all help and support each other in expanding the Kingdom of God on the earth, and yes, you have a role in expanding the Kingdom. Let us help you find it. We can hardly wait to meet you!