about 2nd mile church
what we believe
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Tim. 3:16-17
God: We believe that there is one eternal God (Isaiah 43:10-11; Mark 12:29) made up of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; distinct, yet perfectly one with each other. God the Father is the Creator of all things, and is Jehovah. God the Son is the Word made flesh (John 1:14), having had all things created through Him (John 1:1-3) and having the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in Him bodily (Col. 1:19, 2:9). God the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit (1 Cor. 2:11) who teaches us (John 14:26), guides us (Rom. 8:14), comforts us, and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11).
Jesus: We believe that Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God (1 John 4:9) was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35). He is the Word who was with God and was God in the beginning (John 1:1). He was made flesh to dwell among us (John 1:14) and is called Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). He lived a perfect, sinless life (1 Peter 2:22) and then became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21), bearing our sins in His body on the cross; by His wounds we have been healed (1 Peter 2:24). This one act of righteousness completed by Jesus on the cross leads to justification and life for all who believe in Him (John 6:47; Rom. 5:18). He died for the sins of the world (1 Peter 3:18), was buried, rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3-4), and lives forever as our interceder (1 Tim. 2:5) and Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14, 7:24-25).
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is God’s infallible Word breathed out by Him for teaching, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). It is the ultimate authority on God’s will for us and was preserved through the ages. Jesus said that His words would not pass away (Matt. 24:35; 1 Peter 1:24-25; Isaiah 40:8).
Man: We believe that man is sinful (Psalm 51:5) and that we have all fallen short of God’s glory because of our sin (Rom. 3:23). By the first man, Adam, came sin and death into the world (Rom. 5:12); making us all enemies of God (Rom. 5:10) and vessels of wrath prepared for destruction (Rom. 9:22). Our only hope for salvation and reconciliation to God is in Jesus Christ alone.
Salvation: We believe that God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners and His enemies, He sent His only Son to die for us (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8). We are justified and saved by grace alone as a free gift, because God was rich in mercy toward us (Eph. 2:4). It is not by works of righteousness that we’ve done that we have eternal life, but because of the free gift of God through Christ Jesus that we have good standing with God (Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:24; Titus 3:5). We believe that salvation means to be saved from physical death and sin, and be granted eternal life with God (John 5:24, 28-29, 10:27-28; Rom. 6:23; 1 John 5:13).
The Church: We believe that the true Church is the spiritual house built by believers in Christ as living stones (1 Peter 2:5); because where two or more are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is there also (Matt. 18:20). Its purpose is to provide a place for Christians to fellowship with each other (Acts 2:42), to teach one another, to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Col. 3:16), and to reason the Scriptures together (Isaiah 1:18; Acts 17:2). The Church of Jesus Christ is not a physical entity or building, but the collection of believers worldwide who act as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Todd (or PT) was born and raised in the Houston area, trained with an extensive background in ministry under his father, Dr. Charles Dunn. PT married the love of his life, Michelle, in 1990 after graduating from Arlington Baptist University, and was blessed with three incredible sons - Brady (23, a DBU graduate), Blair (20), and Brett (15). After serving as Student Pastors in Lancaster, TX, he and his wife felt called to serve at Central Baptist Church, where PT was Associate Pastor for eleven years. In 2007, Lakewood Baptist Church brought him on as their Senior Pastor, and it was under his leadership that the once rapidly declining church began to experience some new growth.
Over time, the Lord began to plant the vision in his heart to relocate the church where they could thrive and grow, and in December of 2017, God blessed their steps of faith and provided a new church home in Fort Worth. PT loves sharing God’s Word each week, and it has always been his desire to see people step out in faith and follow Christ by providing a safe and loving environment at 2nd Mile.
Jaxon was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but was raised in Keller, Texas. He got involved with the Lakewood Baptist Church Youth Ministry in 2009, and gave his life to Christ in July of 2012 during their annual summer camp.
Jaxon attended East Texas Baptist University where he played football, and surrendered his life to ministry in 2016 as a sophomore in college. He met his wife Lou Lou at the university and married her in March of 2018.
That May, they moved to Fort Worth, Texas to lead the youth group for 2nd Mile. They both have a passion for developing young minds and the kid's relationships with Jesus, as well as creating a family away from home in the process.
Jaxon and his wife welcomed their new son, Jasper, into the world on July 17th, 2019.
Children's Ministry Pastor
Donnie was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He developed his love for children at the age of 11, when he began working in children’s theater at Fort Worth’s Casa Manana. In 1987, at the age of 21, Donnie gave his life to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which changed the course of his life forever.
Two years later, he accepted the call on his life to the ministry. He received his Associates Degree from Henderson County Junior College in Athens, TX, then moved on to Dallas Baptist. While there, he had the opportunity to enter the Applied Studies degree program, which gave him the ability to study at an accelerated pace and enter Southwestern Theological Seminary sooner than expected. He is currently still working on his Master of Divinity degree. Donnie is serving at 2nd Mile after leading children at Ridgecrest, Alliance, and most recently at Davis Boulevard Baptist Church. With over 26 years of experience in Children’s Ministry, he brings a unique style of puppetry, worship, and teaching children on their level to make the Bible come alive. He has a passion for leading children to Jesus and seeing them make eternal decisions for Him.
Donnie has been married to the love of his life, Dannell, for almost 20 years. They have
been blessed with 7 wonderful children who display God’s grace and mercy every day.
The story of how 2nd Mile Church came to be is a perfect example of God’s grace and blessings in the lives of those who remain faithful to Him. It all started in Irving, TX in the former Lakewood Baptist Church. Due to a slowly diminishing community and an aging building, the church fell into a state of rapid decline.
But on Easter Sunday of 2014, Lakewood took the first of many large steps of faith when a second service was launched at the Rave Theatre in Hurst, TX in an attempt to expose and expand their ministry. For a little over a year, Lakewood was a multisite ministry, offering an early service at the theater and a second service in Irving.
But in September of 2015, Lakewood Baptist Church took another big step by securing the Feragne Villa (a wedding and event venue in Hurst, TX) as its new location for the church’s first service. No longer meeting in the theater, Lakewood began their Sundays with an early service in Irving, followed by a secondary service at the Villa.
In September of 2016, Lakewood voted unanimously to sell the property in Irving and to relocate to the western part of the DFW Metroplex. And in May of 2017, the closing of the sale occurred as Lakewood sold its property to a Christian school, leaving Lakewood without a permanent home but trusting God to provide.
But God wasn’t finished with His plans for the church – in November 2017, a local church in the North Fort Worth/Watauga area had suffered a terrible tragedy with the sudden passing of their pastor, leaving its church members with no choice but to close their doors. But through the grace of God, Lakewood was given ownership of the property and was able to take in the remaining church members, giving them a new church home.
An immediate remodeling plan on the 30-year-old church facility was put in place. And in May of 2018, Lakewood Baptist Church officially dissolved and the congregation entered the newly renovated facility as a brand-new church organization. On Easter Sunday, Pastor Todd Dunn changed their name to 2nd Mile Church, and after years of struggling and hardship, the new church launched on Sunday, August 26th of 2018 with over 300 in attendance.
2nd Mile has become a beacon of light to those in the surrounding community, striving to hold fast to their servant-oriented mission statement: Enter to worship, depart to serve. The church serves as an excellent example of the Lord’s promise in Galatians 6:9, which says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Lead Pastor Todd Dunn has been exceptionally grateful for the Lord’s directions and guidance for his church after several years of struggle and hardship, and he looks forward with a heart full of hope as God’s plan continues to unfold!