During the service at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21, the 130 members of the church along with Scowden will celebrate the church’s first birthday with videos of what the church has accomplished and testimonials. And, of course, no birthday celebration would be complete without inflatables, balloons and a massive birthday cake.
Affiliated with Freewill Baptist Church, Echo Church has a general demographic of ages 20-50, Scowden said.
“We’re very casual. The music is, I call it passionate rock. We’re fairly loud,” Scowden said.
With a lease that expires in two years and an increasing congregation, Scowden knows that the location of Echo Church will one day have to change.
“We dream big. We pray big. We expect big things. We’re happy with where we are at, but we are not content. We’re continuing to try to love the community and help the community build bridges,” Scowden said.
Echo Church is more than just a name, Scowden said.
“The reason we chose echo is that we are hoping that our voice doesn’t just stay here in Norman. In five years, we hope to be here, but this March we are building an orphanage in Nicaragua called Project Hope. On our birthday, that day, every single penny is going to go to build that place. We’re hoping to raise $15,000 that day. That’s our first echo. We want our voice to go further than just here. And we feel that our lives are God’s echo,” Scowden said.