Nestled close to the foothills of the Ozarks on the Arkansas river, St. James is in the crucible of activity and excitement in Tulsa County. The growing communities of Jenks, Glenpool, Bixby, Sapulpa, Broken Arrow and Tulsa converge at our intersection and join forces to create the thriving church we call home. Long known for excellence in secondary education academics, sports, and antiques, Jenks has joined the list of elite cities capitalizing on the riverbank for dining, shopping, a world class aquarium, and entertainment. Money Magazine ranked Jenks the 43rd most livable city in America in a recent publication; while the housing sector across the country has sagged, Jenks has exploded because it is the place to be. The cost of living is 8% below the national average with the per capita income 11% above, and dozens of new housing additions surrounding the church have blossomed. Young professionals are moving in to enjoy pursuit of the American dream in a friendly, small town atmosphere. Jenks has a busy airport and prominent aeronautical school. Construction is to begin January 2008 on a 250 acre riverfront development to add to the “Riverfront District”.
Across the river, the Tulsa metro area thrives as development reaches out to touch Jenks. Home to major universities, OU-Tulsa, OSU-Tulsa, Northeastern, Langston, Oral Roberts, and Tulsa University, Tulsa also boasts two seminaries, several Bible colleges, two medical schools, and excellent community college and extensive high quality vocational technical training. There is quality medical care with newly constructed major medical centers a short distance from St. James. Patients come from Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas to get specialized care in Tulsa.
Once considered the Oil Capital of the world in the hey-day of oil exploration, Tulsa has diversified into aerospace and technology, and has the farthest inland port in the nation. Many lakes and rivers provide recreational activities year round. Culture and fine art abound with opera, ballet, symphony, and frequent open air concerts. Gilcrease and Philbrook museums are home to traveling art displays, and Tulsa ranks third in the nation in Art Deco architecture with stunning examples throughout downtown. Tulsa was ranked by Southern Living magazine as a top ten Southern City and listed by Fodor’s Travel Publications as an outstanding travel destination. The PGA, LPGA, and US Open golf tournaments are regularly hosted by Tulsa with a most exciting win by Tiger Woods witnessed by the world. Several wineries are nearby, and Bixby is the “Garden Capital” of Oklahoma with rich harvests from the nutrient-dense river bottom soil. The metro area is raising funds to develop its riverfront and if all goes as planned, one billion dollars will be spent over the next few years. Part of the Vision 2025 project passed by voters several years ago is underway with the downtown arena now significantly impacting the skyline.
Our more rural communities of Glenpool and Sapulpa are known for horse breeding, cattle ranches, and wildlife preserves with marvelous hunting. The hills, woods, lakes, and trails provide great outdoor recreational opportunities. Several country and western stars call this area home with huge estates, and the film industry is a growing business in the state. Our Native American population is the largest of any state and the tribes, as sovereign nations, are a significant provider of jobs, recreation, cultural traditions, and health care.