Current Church Plants
It’s estimated that 30,000 churches across the country will close due to the pandemic. It’s critical that those congregations are replaced with new, Christ centered faith communities. Please choose one or two, and support our new "100 in 10" church planters with prayer, resources and funding. Take a look at the amount of support still needed.
Oasis - Burns, WY
Jared and Laurie Schinzel have lived in Burns, WY since 2017. They have 3 children Cooper, Luke, and Kaycee. Both grew up in farming/ranching families and have started a small, registered Hereford cattle business. Having grown up in rural communities, they have a heart overflowing for the people of rural Wyoming. As their family grows and becomes more connected to the community of Burns and surrounding areas, they see an overwhelming need for a rural church to invite others into God’s oasis. Their vision is a church that is rustic, rural, and relevant. A church that will come alongside its community in unique ways and can serve as the hub of a community hungry for God’s rest.
An Oasis, by definition, is a fertile spot in a desert where water and shade are found; a place that provides refuge and relief; a place of healing and refreshing; a place to find life-giving water. Jared and Laurie believe God is calling them to Burns to invite others into God’s Oasis. We all are broken, hurting, and lost in the desert, but God promises us an Oasis if we would turn to Him. Through his son Jesus Christ we have access to God’s life-giving water.
New Hope Calvary Chapel
David Elijah and his family planted New Hope because they saw an incredible need right here in Lehi, Utah. With Lehi at the time being 97% Mormon (LDS), so many needed Hope. They needed to know who Jesus is, why they have Hope and freedom in Him alone and why the Bible is the Word of God.
Shalom Bridge Congregation
On this rock I will build my church, is what the LORD placed in the hearts of Judith and Eugene Saunders. Little did they realize that the LORD was calling them to "Boulder", Colorado. Eugene has been a pastor and professor for over 25 years and Judith is a full-time student for a Biblical and Messianic Jewish Studies degree.
Eugene and Judith Saunders met and married in the Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas area after both answering the LORD’s call to Jewish ministries. Shortly after this, the LORD called them to plant a Church in Boulder, Colorado with special ministry focus on work with the Jewish community. Boulder has an estimated 26% Jewish population (neighboring Denver, Colorado has a 27% Jewish population). This statistic indicates that over 26,000 people, many of whom are seeking spiritual answers and connections, have a background in Torah or familial connection to Israel. They are hungry for Jesus (or Yeshua), their own Jewish Messiah. Sadly, many seek other answers and are left empty.
Oasis - St. George, UT
Derrick and June Smothers moved to St. George, Utah with two of their five children in 2021 to be closer to their daughter’s medical team as she battled cancer. Having been involved in various ministries since the early 1990’s, and having planted a church in Springville, Utah in 1997, they were seeking God about future ministry opportunities. Helping two church plants in the St. George area over the last 5 years, the burden for church planting again became clearer, and the need for a Christian church in the southern part of the city they resided in was evident.
As the fastest growing city per capita in America over the past couple years (2021 & 2022), it is becoming the place to move, not only to retire, but to raise a family in the greater southwest. The physical landscape is dry desert surrounded by mountains, mesas, and canyons. Although 65% LDS, our hearts’ desire is to reach all with the grace-filled message of the Gospel in this spiritually dry land. The spiritual need is overwhelming having identified three neighborhoods along the southern parkway (Highway 7) that have zero Christian churches: Desert Color, Sage Canyon, and Desert Canyons. None of these neighborhoods is more than seven years old, and each continues to explode both in residential and commercial growth.
Our hope and prayer this year is to develop relationships within these target neighborhoods and begin community groups. Through relational and spiritual development, we will wait on God to grow a launch team. Our goal would be to launch public services sometime in the Fall of 2024. We believe that God has incredible plans as He opens the hearts of people to discover new life in Jesus right here in the desert (Is. 43:19; Jn. 4:14).
David and Victoria Henderson relocated to Utah in September 2020. They long to be part of a move of God that drastically changes the LDS-saturated culture and landscape of the state. They want to reach their neighbors and plant in Daybreak, one of the top five fastest growing communities in the nation.
Less than 2% of Utahans have a saving relationship with Jesus. The cultural landscape of Utah demands that people measure up to an impossible standard, and many are crushed under that weight. There are countless people moving into Daybreak - the 2nd fastest growing community in the nation - and experiencing major life transitions in the epicenter of this keep-it-together culture. We want to help them build their new normal around a life-changing relationship with Jesus.
We started hosting Church in the Living Room on August 21, 2022 and have averaged 20 people each Sunday. Since starting Church in the Living Room, our launch team has grown from three families to eight! On October 15, our team served together for our first-ever ENGAGE Day. We did yard work and fall cleanup for five households who could not do it on their own, right in our neighborhood!
Grace Mountain Church
A new adventure begins at Grace Mountain Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado! Since August of 2022, Grace Mountain Church (an established church with over 50 years of history) and Beyond the Walls Community Church (a two-year-old church plant) have joined together under the leadership of Pastor Dave Nickodemus to begin creating a new church together! This new church is in the same location and has the same name: Grace Mountain Church, but there is a new mission ("Equipping people to bring the hope of Jesus through love, service and laughter) and a new excitement! The church is planning a launch Sunday for the fall and is letting the neighborhood and the community know that there is new life in this old church building!