Our Pastor, Tye McClain, is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. A SoCal native, and a born rocker, he attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married and has one daughter. Currently, he is the head Pastor of both Orangewood Avenue Baptist Church and its sister church, Rock On. With a dynamic personality, and a heart to reach the lost, Tye is proud to be a part of “one of the warmest churches” he has ever known.
A special note from Pastor Tye:
I believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the same God named in The Bible, the inerrant Word of God and described in both the Nicene and Apostle’s creeds. I agree with the afore mentioned statements as well as the doctrines and practices described in the Baptist Faith and Message. However, while these mental ascensions and statements are in fact according to my beliefs, they in no way fully describe my faith.
My faith is based on the Love and the very personal touch of my Savior, Jesus Christ. The God to whom I prayed as a little child, the same God who showed his protection and patience to me even as I rebelled and ran from Him as a young man. I believe in The God who gently spoke to me in my sin and led me back to Him by His Grace.
I believe in God who has called me to preach to the Good news of freedom for the captives of sin, prisoners of addiction of self, release for the prisoners of Satan himself, because I have personally experienced that miracle.
I believe in The Lord God not because of any theologian’s statement or philosophy but because God has revealed Himself to me personally time and time again.
I believe that God desires a relationship with everyone on such a personal level and I am committed to offering my life on a daily basis as a living sacrifice to Him and to His mission.
I submit my testimony, not to honor me, but to honor God. I have a checkered past of which I am not proud, but I am willing to expose my sin that points to God’s grace, and my rebellion that points to His forgiveness and my lost life that points to His life-changing, soul saving power.
I grew up in a Lutheran home. I attended a Lutheran church as well as a Lutheran grade school. I was an acolyte in the 6th grade, confirmed in 8th Grade. I studied theology and church history. I understood deep doctrines and memorized creeds, yet I distinctly remember a day when, as an adolescent boy I concluded that obeying God simply wouldn’t be any fun, and decided to turn from him and pursue my own pleasures.
That decision probably looked on the outside like any young man’s early teenage years, however, on the inside I had made the choice to do what pleased me regardless of God’s opinion.
I experimented with alcohol and girls throughout my High School years. In college I joined a heavy metal band as their lead singer, enjoying the fleshly benefits of the role, including alcohol, sex and drugs. I dropped out of College to have more time to party and play rock and roll.
Over the next 15 years I went from one band to the next, from one job to the next, from one girl to the next and from one drug to the next. I couldn’t believe who I had become. My life was out of control and I had no hope of change. I had tried to quit, but was always lured back.
One day changed it all. On January 28, 1993, while driving home after another night of debauchery, I came face to face with one of The Lord’s angels. He confronted me in my sin and told me to consider my life, and consider my condition. He asked “Why are you doing this?” I had no answer. Then He looked right through me, directly into my heart, and commanded me to never do this again. That was the last time I ever drank alcohol or used illegal drugs. Years later I realized that I had been given the same command The Lord Jesus gave to the woman accused of adultery. “Go, and sin no more.” Like she, I had no hope, like she, my life was out of control, like she, I heard The Lord’s Voice and obeyed, and like she, my changed life has become a testimony to God.
It took three months for me to understand that God wanted all of me, not simply my addictions, not only my misery, but all of me. His voice was clear; He wanted me to surrender my entire life to Him. That day that I turned my will and my life over to the care of my God who had never left me, even after I had intentionally turned from Him. I told Him that since I was willing to throw my life away, He could have all of me to do as He wished. He could have me with no strings attached. My only request was that He lead, so that I could follow.
I became a new creation that day. I agreed to trust Jesus with every detail of my life, and that’s when the miracles began to manifest change in me. God began shaping and calling me to serve Him.
I joined a small Southern Baptist church where I was baptized and began singing on the praise team. Not long after I began to serve The Lord on the praise team, I felt the call to quit serving the world, and retired from my secular band.
In the course of time, I grew more and more in love with The Lord, and through that He orchestrated yet another chapter in my new life. I found myself on a road trip alongside Dr. Sam Simmons. He was known to have answers to tough questions, so I challenged him with every one I could think of. He answered all of them with such clarity that I knew I wanted what he had. When he told me that he was the director of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary I felt a tug on my heart, and knew The Lord was indicating that I should enroll that first available semester. What a coincidence that the school was located on the very property my church was located, how convenient that I had registered just in time to be accepted that first semester, how wonderfully handy it was that my church happened to have scholarship money available. God simply handled one detail after the next; clearly indicating that He had my life safely in His arms.
While in my first semester, I was introduced to Dr. Jay Miller, a GGBTS Professor. He heard of the miracle God had done in my life and asked me to tell my story live on his radio program. I was excited, and a little nervous. On his show I told many of the grueling details that I have omitted in this testimony. Dr. Miller asked me where I felt God was leading me next. Without hesitation, out of my mouth came the statement that I felt God was calling me to become a Pastor! So that day, live on the radio, with my wife my Pastor and many others listening I first clearly understood and announced the call to become a Pastor.
Many years later I am husband of a wonderful woman of God who is also our Director of Worship at Orangewood Avenue Baptist Church, and at Rock On Church, Anne McClain. I have a beautiful little Girl named JayLee and a purpose for the rest of my life. To lead others to a life-changing, soul-saving relationship with Jesus Christ, and to contribute to The Kingdom in any way God sees fit. God’s call on my life is expressed through my life verse:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3