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Tulsa church transforms from 830 seat building to 4,500 seat stadium

By Halle Richards and Dillon Valencia

As churchgoers walk into church on Sunday mornings, they experience the life-changing worship, gospel and sermons. Hands raised in surrender, jumping from excitement, a congregation ready for transformation—these are some of the sights witnessed on your typical Sunday morning at Transformation Church. 

Transformation Church recently announced a transition from its current building to a new building located in Bixby, Oklahoma. The new building seats a whopping 4,500, a definite upgrade from Transformation’s current building, which only seats 830.

Transformation Church purchased the new building for a set 10.5 million dollars. Although there is a lot of excitement about this new building, Lead Pastor Michael Todd announced that church services will not be utilized at this new location for another year. 

Churchgoer Allen Guerrero, a senior ORU student majoring in Sports Management and Business Admin, shared his thoughts on this new building.

“It’s fulfilling because I’ve been seeing how Michael Todd and the rest of his staff have been trying to find a new place,” said Guerrero. “It was so sad to hear that he had to turn people away because there was no room for them to attend church. The fact that they finally found a new place is satisfying.”

Transformation Church has attendees from all over the world. Seven million viewers tune in online every week to hear from Todd. To accommodate the large crowds, the church offers four services on Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

Celest Danielson, a sophomore nursing student, heard about Transformation Church online. 

“I love the message that he sends. He is very down to earth and relatable. He encompasses more of a teaching style that is relatable to the youth,” said Danielson. “You will be changed by his sermon; you will definitely feel it.”

No need to worry if you do not have a ride either. Transformation Church offers shuttles for ORU students for the 5 p.m. service. The buses meet in Parking Lot A, East of the LRC at ORU. Pick up is at 4:30 p.m. and drop off at 6:40 p.m.

“We want this to be a win for the city and for all the businesses around here. We really want to help be a blessing,” said Todd.