About

MEET PASTOR HALL

  • Born January 13, 1958 in Dallas, Texas
  • Parents: Louis & Marie Hall
  • High School: Sam Houston High, San Antonio Texas (1976)
  • Attended San Antonio College, Texas Bible College

Ronson worked at various positions in San Antonio, the last secular employ being a 13-year stint as Area Sales Manager at National Presort, Inc.

He has been Pastor of True Light Christian Fellowship of San Antonio since her genesis in March of 1997, working as a bi-vocational Pastor up until two and a half years ago, when the Church provided for his full-time TLCF employ.

Ronson married Cathyrn Annette Nelson on September 8, 1978.  They remain hopelessly in love, and are the proud parents of four daughters: Chondra (a Customer Service Representative at The Hartford), Cabrielle (a UTSA graduate and Foster-to- Adoption Development Specialist IV at Child Protective Services – San Antonio), Camille (a Doctoral candidate at UT – Austin), and Chelsea (a Graduate school student at UT – Austin).  Ronson & Cathyrn also enjoy the company and companionship of their grandchild, Cylas.

Ronson is convinced that he was born to preach & teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and plans to do so at TLCF until the Lord returns.

Our Mission

It is the aim of True Light Christian Fellowship to share the love of Jesus Christ with one another, the family, the community, and the world through Christian fellowship and quality, Holy Spirit-determined preaching and the exegetical teaching of God’s holy word, the Bible.

Our Vision

With an excitement and passion that glorifies our Savior Jesus Christ, TLCF purposes to spend our first three years strengthening and building our “core” of saints. We will strengthen and equip this core by placing emphasis on the efficacy of the unadulterated Word of God (Hebrews 4:12), by partaking in its effect on the believer (Hebrews 10: 19-25), and realizing the efficiency of the Holy Spirit’s ministry of teaching (John 14:26), guidance (John 16:13), and edification (Acts 9:31).

During and after this time, TLCF will encourage from the core group a fulfillment of the ministry our God has provided to each and every believer (Ephesians 4:7-16).

The TLCF History

In October of 1996, four families and a couple of interested saints gathered together to discuss what everyone felt was the leading and indication of the Holy Spirit of God — the time to organize a new fellowship had come, and the time to step out in faith was upon them.  The group began to pray and seek God, not wanting to move in their own strength.  After all, anyone could “start” a church, and proclaim God’s blessing upon it without ever hearing from Him.  This group didn’t want to make that mistake, so they moved cautiously and prayerfully.

In January of 1997, the group of saints unanimously decided that their undershepherd should be Ronson C. Hall, and Jodie E. McGarity, Sr. as his assistant.  They also agreed on a name for the church – True Light Christian Fellowship.  This name has a biblical base that refers to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and found in the book of John, Chapter 1, Verse 9. (and it reads…)

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (King James Version)

The saints prayed, planned, and then agreed to hold the first official worship service on Palm Sunday, March 23rd.  Along the way, Pastor Hall and Brother McGarity obtained helpful instruction and bless-ed counsel from Rev. Jim O’Neil and Rev. Dick Dickson of Alamo City Christian Fellowship, Rev. Louis (Louie) & Beverly Kaupp (Cop) of Covenant Church, Rev. Charles McIntyre of Pool of Siloam Baptist Church, Rev. John Kyle and Minister Jack Jennings.

The church reached an agreement with Ella Austin Community Center to use their auditorium each Sunday, and shortly thereafter began to have Bible Study in various members’ homes on Wednesday nights.  True Light Christian Fellowship’s “charter members” were: Pastor Ronson Hall, his wife Cathy and their four daughters; Associate Pastor Jodie McGarity, Sr., his wife Vanessa, and their four children; Chris & Joann Knox with their two children; RosaLinda Draker joined by her husband, Mark, and The Schoellhorn family, David & Lisa, with their two children.

The church grew in attendance under the leadership of Pastor Hall and the love, hard work and diligence of the members.  When the agreement between TLCF and Ella Austin expired, Rev. Jodie met with a gentleman named Anthony Nicholas regarding a building where his family ran their barbecue restaurant and found a potential new home for True Light!  The church members agreed to the location at Lubaby’s Barbecue at 335 Austin Rd. behind Ft. Sam Houston.  TLCF held Sunday Worship in this location from June 23, 1997 until the restaurant closed in February of 1999.

While at Lubaby’s, the church experienced steady, strong growth and God opened another door of opportunity. After spending one Sunday at the Copernicus Recreation Center on Lord Rd, the Lord mightily blessed TLCF to reach an agreement with Pastor Jim Grant and the members of Beacon Hill Baptist Church to take up occupancy in the “Educational Wing” of their campus.  After some reasonable repairs, hard work, old-fashioned “elbow grease” and a lot of love, TLCF held its first service in the facility on February 21, 1999.  For the first time, the church enjoyed enough room in a facility to hold all its activities in one building.  When the congregation of Beacon Hill Baptist Church changed leadership and reclaimed use of its facilities, TLCF relocated and began meeting in the basement of the main building. This was “home” for nearly seven years.
But, TLCF has always had strong roots in the East and Northeast areas of San Antonio and prayerfully trusted in God to create an opportunity to ultimately re-locate back to that area. In February of 2006, TLCF purchased a 1.5 acre tract of land on Eastover and its building process was underway. For over 3 ½ years, the TLCF congregation continued to grow despite its nomadic status and had to move to several other locations to accommodate the growth while also celebrating several key milestones in the building project to include:

Aug 1, 2007 – Moved to Hawthorne Suites on IH-35 N between Rittiman & Eisenhauer Rd.
Feb 22, 2008 – Ground breaking ceremony at the Eastover property
Jul 1, 2008 – Moved to Starcrest Village (Loop 410 & Perrin-Beitel)
Oct 2008 – Actual site work begins on new Eastover facility
Mar 1, 2009 – Moved to Lou Hamilton Center; Ladybird Johnson Park (Nacogdoches & Wurbach Parkway)
Nov 27, 2009 – Building completed
Nov 29, 2009 –1st service held in new facility

Since its genesis, True Light Christian Fellowship has had several “firsts”, reached many milestones, and overcome several obstacles along its 13 year journey.  Like the children of Israel, as described in 1 Samuel 7, True Light can look back on each Ebenezer as a reminder and, as a testimony of God’s favor over this congregation and work.

True Light Christian Fellowship, under God’s anointing and the direction of the Holy Spirit, continues to thrive; seeing men, women, boys and girls come to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Through clear, direct preaching and teaching, an array of outreach ministries and the sweet fellowship of the saints, TLCF holds its 13th year of existence up to the Lord to thank Him for His many blessings toward us.  We humbly and earnestly resolve, as a part of the “called out assembly”, to continue to “Illuminate the soul by rightly dividing the Word!”

Our Doctrinal Statement of Faith

I. The Scriptures
We believe the Bible from Genesis to Revelation to be verbally inspired of God. And, because it is inspired (lit. “breathed out”) by God, the original documents are without error of any kind (2 Timothy 3:16, John 17:17), and that they have been preserved without error to this very day. The Scriptures are authoritative in all matters of faith and conduct.

II. The Trinity
We believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit to be the one and only true God. There is one God manifested in three persons (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 1 Peter 1:2, Jude 20-22).

III. God The Father
We believe God is Elohim (Genesis 1:1), the one (Deut 6:4), ultimate (Ps. 97:9; Is. 40:12-31), eternal Being (Ps. 90:2), who rules (Ps. 115:3), and sustains all that exists.

IV. Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. We believe in His virgin birth; whereupon, Jesus Christ was 100% man and 100% God all in the same person. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day following His voluntary, sacrificial, and substitutionary death on the cross (1 Corinthians 15). He is in fact Savior (Acts 4:12), Life (John 14:6), and Lord (Rom. 10:9,13) to all who put their trust in Him. We wholly, unequivocally believe in Christ’s physical, bodily return (Acts 1:11).

V. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, truly God and therefore co-equal with the Father and the Son (Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Cor. 13:14) He seals us to guarantee our ultimate salvation (2 Cor. 1:21,22; Eph. 1:13,14; 4:30). He fills us when we yield to Him, giving us power for both life and ministry (Acts 6:3; 13:9-12; Eph. 5:18-21). He produces Christian character in us (Gal. 5:22,23). He teaches us (1 Cor 2:10). He intercedes for us because we do not know how to pray (Rom. 8:26,27). He enables us to discern false teaching about Christ (1 John 2:20-27), and He guides us (Rom. 8:14).

VI. Salvation
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:14,23; Titus 3:4-6, 1 John 2:2, Hebrews 2:9). Salvation is freely offered to ALL who will repent of their unbelief and accept by faith the finished work of Jesus Christ in their behalf on Calvary’s cross (Ephesians 2:8,9). Jesus Christ died for ALL men.

VII. Justification
Men are justified by faith alone (Romans 3:28), and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of the LORD Jesus Christ. Justification establishes an eternal relationship that can never be broken (Romans 4, Galatians 3).

VIII. The Eternal State
We believe in the everlasting, conscious, blessedness on the saved in Heaven, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 7:9-14; 21:8).