Jason Frazier

Jason Frazier, pastor of Healing Waters Assembly of God Church in Commerce, also is station manager for KYJC 91.3 FM. Frazier uses the radio station, which is housed in the church, as one of many tools to help make Christianity relevant in today’s world.

Jason Frazier parks his motorcycle in back of the Healing Waters Assembly of God Church. It’s OK. After all, he is the pastor.

On one wall of his office hangs a Rickenbacker guitar. On another hangs a large broadsword.

If Frazier doesn’t sound like your average pastor, he’ll gladly admit that he’s not. He even categorizes his church as a bit different.

“I’ve actually said from the pulpit it seems like we’re the church of the misfits,” Frazier said. “A lot people who attend our church are people who didn’t fit in to other churches. They were people who attended (other churches), but it didn’t click.

“Most people who have grown up in church have a feel for what church should be like. When you walk into a place and that’s not it, it doesn’t take you long to figure that out. You either feel a connection or you don’t.”

Many university students in Commerce have found a connection with Healing Waters. The church’s praise and worship band which plays during Sunday services is composed completely of college students.

“My style of preaching is more geared toward Generation X, which is what I am, or Generation Y,” Frazier said. “It’s more conversational. Sometimes I’ll show videos. I’ll even set stuff on fire.

“I don’t do stuff like that just to do it. But if somehow I can make an illustration really solidify, some Biblical concept I’m trying to get across, I’ll do it.”

One time, while preaching on Jesus’ parable of the sower who went out to cast his seed, Frazier took a handful of beans and threw them out into the congregation.

“Anything we can do to almost put people back in the place of the disciples or the people that we’re talking about in the context of the story, (we want to do that) so that they sense it and feel it,” he said. “It really connects with them. It’s exciting to hear people walk out and say, ‘I’ve never heard it that way before and now it makes sense.’”

Frazier knew a lot about the ministry before coming to Commerce. He’s the 13th minister on his father’s side of the family.

“I grew up in a pastor’s home,” he said. “My grandfather was an evangelist for over 60 years before he passed away.”

Frazier was on staff with his father at a church in Houston as an associate pastor. He and his wife felt called to start a new church in the Houston area.

Although things didn’t work out as hoped in starting the new church, Frazier wasn’t through. After looking around at openings in Assembly of God churches around the state, he felt drawn to an opening in Sulphur Springs.

When he called, he found out that it had already been filled, but there was an opening in Commerce. While talking to his wife, he realized there might be something more.

“She asked how long ago the church (in Sulphur Springs) got their pastor. I said two weeks ago,” Frazier said.

“She said, ‘Jason, the Lord’s really been impressing on us in the last two weeks to look into that church. Don’t you think God knew that the church had already selected a pastor? ... Maybe God put that on our heart because he wants us to go to Commerce.’”

It wasn’t easy. When he came in December 2003, the church had only eight members and 20 people who attended regularly, according to Frazier. Now, when the university is in session, they run between 70 and 80.

But Frazier has one other hat he wears besides pastor — radio station manager. The church houses a small radio station in the building that broadcasts religious programing all day every day.

According to Frazier, he began talking about such a move long before it was a reality. On Sunday mornings, he would welcome everyone in the balcony of the church, everyone in the orchestra pit and everyone who would be ministered to through radio and television.

There was only one problem — there was no balcony, no orchestra pit and no radio and television ministry. Although the church still doesn’t have the other things (yet), it now has a radio ministry thanks to a call from the Calvary Satellite Network (CSN).

CSN had started a radio station in Fort Worth and Frazier received a call about the network wanting to start another in Commerce. In return for letting the station use one of the rooms in the church, Healing Waters would get free air time.

Although he told CSN representatives he would have to talk it over with his church board, Frazier already knew what they would say.

“They would say absolutely. This is something that’s been a part of our vision since we came to Commerce — to be able to preach the gospel to people who would not darken our doors, but who could turn on a radio,” Frazier said.

Radio station KYJC at 91.3 FM is now on the air. Most of the programing comes from CSN for now, but the church is now ready for a radio ministry.

“I was thinking we might get a segment on (another Christian radio station), something like a little 30-second devotional spot,” Frazier said. “I had no idea we would get our own radio station.”

It’s all part of an effort to make Christianity relevant in the world today, according to Frazier.

“Sometimes people get nervous about these technological advances that you can use,” he said. “Let’s just face it, most churches we go to are still stuck in the 19th century.

“There’s so much tradition. Tradition is not a bad thing, but sometimes that’s what we focus on. Sometimes we don’t embrace new styles and new methods.

“Because we choose to do that, we have a huge segment of the population that wants to be Christian, but they can’t see the Christian church being relevant.”