Historical Timeline Of
The Quail Springs Church of Christ

Oklahoma City
2006 October 7

Leroy Garrett, former editor of the Restoration Review magazine, spoke for some five hours (divided into two sessions) at the Quail Springs Church of Christ on Saturday, October 7, 2006 on the subject of “Our Churches of Christ Heritage in Scripture and History.”

The following Sunday morning he spoke to the combined Bible classes at Quail Springs (who gave him a standing ovation) before going to preach at the nearby Dayspring Church of Christ in Norman, Oklahoma. The Dayspring congregation has women elders, and women participate in their public worship without restriction.

Leroy Garrett passed away on September 29, 2015 at the age of 96.

Picture of Leroy Garrett - 2006
Leroy Garrett - 2006

After a history of dividing congregations by advocating dogmatic views on various topics, Leroy Garrett and Karl Ketcherside went to the oposite extreme in the late 1950s and started promoting unity in diversity, which also divided churches!

In the first issue of his “Restoration Review” (January 1959), Garrett states in his editorial: “There is no religious communion that can lay claim on being the church of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament scriptures.”

This is an attempt to excuse denominationalism by denying the possibility of simply being the church that Christ established. Jesus promised, however: “On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18) and Paul proclaimed: “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:21). Thus, the church of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament scriptures, although often small in number, has glorified God in every generation and will continue to do so until the Lord returns.

Here is a thorough discussion of this topic: Can we be the church of the New Testament?