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Pastors Pat & Celene McDonald
Pastor Thomshaw

Word of Life Fellowship, an Apostolic-Prophetic New Covenant church, was founded by Pastor Lorraine Marie “Jackie” Thomshaw.  She gave her life to Jesus Christ in 1954 and was ordained in 1966, called to preach the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  Her love for the Bible led into a powerful teaching ministry in which the Word was confirmed with signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit.

Through the laying on of hands of the prophetic presbytery, the Lord spoke to her to become a pastor, and in 1969, Word of Life Fellowship opened its doors in Redwood City, California.  Starting with forty members, the church grew rapidly as many were saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, baptized, healed and delivered from the power of Satan.  A close family atmosphere was created by her sincere love and tender care.

In 1973, the Lord led her to start a church in Tuolumne County.  He directed her to Mi Wuk Village and provided the land, the finances and the skill to bring His will to pass.  On August 23, 1981, the sanctuary was dedicated to the glory of God and the further establishing of His Kingdom on earth.

Pastor Thomshaw continued to lay a strong spiritual foundation in the Word of God, training her people, including the children, to serve the Lord and minister to others in the power of the Holy Spirit.  The prophetic word, worship and prayer have been important building blocks in establishing this house as a dwelling for His presence.

Pastor Thomshaw went to be with her Lord on October 16, 2003.  Her son-in-law and daughter, Patrick and Celene McDonald now serve as the Senior Pastors.  Ordained in 1984, and having served with her for many years as Youth and Associate Pastors, they continue to build on the foundation Pastor Thomshaw established, with the same dedication to the Word of God, and the same passion to see God’s people conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In accordance with this vision and Ephesians 4:11-13, they joined hands with Apostle Patricia Beall Gruits in October of 2005, for the further growth of the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.