The Church at West Creek exists because of the faithfulness that preceded it. In 1971, a group of Christians in Parma began to gather as Trinity Baptist Church. 6 years later, further West, another group of Christians formed The Chapel in Middleburg Heights. Over the next 49 years, Trinity would go on to become Grantwood Community Church and The Chapel became Old Oak Bible Church. Together these two churches served Christ and his kingdom in Northeast Ohio for a collective 92 years.
Over the past few years, both the lead pastors, and the churches, have developed a mutual friendship and have met regularly to encourage and pray for one another and their churches. In the wake of the pandemic and the trending direction of both churches, Pastor Steve Barbee of Old Oak Bible Church initiated a conversation with Pastor Paul Morrison of Grantwood Community Church regarding Old Oak's plan to sell their building and their next steps as a fellowship. The pastors discussed what it might look like for the two churches to join together and become one church. This conversation was followed by much prayer and frequent meetings between the elders and congregations of both churches.
The greatest reason for this merger was the strong belief that both churches would be better together. Both congregations were like-minded in many ways and we believe that the Kingdom of God and the local community is better served when believers join together. There was a great opportunity before us to double our joys and halve our griefs by sharing a location, assets, leaders, and people to grow together as one community in Christ. We believe the Lord brought us together for his will and kingdom.
In January of 2021, The Church at West Creek was born.
So what's next? Now that we have merged, there is so much to be done for the kingdom in our community. Our goal is to exalt Christ in all of life. In order to accomplish this we must think biblically, live missionally, and love selflessly. These three keys will be the tools by which we measure all success in the gospel. As we continue in them, we trust that Christ will answer the prayer of Luke 10:2, "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest," and that we will be faithful to the task. If you would like to be a part of what God is doing here at West Creek at any level, let's connect!