Our Story

How it all started...

Darrin Major and his wife Keri are the visionary founders and lead pastors, of Tree 197 Ministries in Camdenton, Missouri. ‘The Tree’ as it has come to be known, is in it's 11th year of ministry. They started The Tree in their home around their dining room table.  As it grew, they took a leap of FAITH and moved into their local elementary cafeteria.  As they continued to grow, again they moved into the middle school cafeteria.  Once again, as they grew, finally we moved into their official building where The Tree is located today.  Darrin is the lead pastor and the primary teacher during our Sunday service. Darrin and his wife oversee the direction of the church with much prayer and guidance from God, their church family and other Ministry Leaders. They are passionate for the vision the Lord has unfolded and laid upon their hearts to bring restoration and Jesus to their community. They have four AMAZING children; three which are adults and 4 BEAUTIFUL grandchildren!

We support this community vision...

FPV Mission:
Front Porch Village is a non-profit planned tiny house community that believes everyone deserves a stable foundation. It will be designed to meet the needs of single parent homes with children as well as any young adults under the age of twenty-one. We will also consider young single adults who are enrolled in college at least part-time pursuing a technical or college degree. We will provide affordable, sustainable, transitional  housing within the Front Porch Village in our area. We will also provide the necessary tools and programs to help restore them into self-sustainable individuals and family units. It is our desire to give individuals or families a hand up, not a hand out.
Isaiah 58:6-12 MSG
Contact: Keri Major 573-480-0279
Website: Frontporchvillage.org

Where we are headed...

An extravagant journey we have been on thus far, and He has only just begun.  We Build His Church through intimate and organic relationships we call family.  We Build Our Community by intentionally investing our lives into the lives of others.  Branded, The Well, Tree Life Café, Front Porch Village and The Elijah Company Bakery (our pay it forward café coming soon) are platforms God has given us to do just that.  We Build the Next Generation by our modern day Elijah's equipping and empowering the next generation of Elisha's.  


Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 9:30 am for Breakfast and Service in UpperRoom at 10:00 am.