In 2010, a small group of 20-somethings moved to Columbus with a dream and a belief that God was up to something pretty spectacular. Led by our Lead Pastor Chad and his wife Katie, the team began meeting to pray for and plan for the launch of a new church in the heart of Columbus.
Over the next 9 months the team worked to raise a launch budget, secure a location and get the word out about the launch of Rock City Church.
On launch day, April 3, 2011, forty launch team members gathered in a circle in the lobby of the AMC Theatres at Lennox Town Center to pray for the people that would walk through the doors for the very first time. By the start of our very first public worship experience, 40 turned into 430, and with that, momentum continued to build.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, Rock City would add additional worship experiences to accommodate its rapid growth. In the Fall of 2013, Rock City Church launched its second campus, Rock City Regal at the Regal Theatres on Georgesville Road. By leveraging the best in live-stream technology, Rock City Church was officially one church in two locations.
Rock City Church has been recognized nationally as one of the Top 20 Fastest-Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine and LifeWay Research, and on May 11, 2014, Rock City launched its third campus at the 500-seat performing arts center at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center. On Easter Sunday 2014, a special worship experience was held at the Fawcett Center Campus with more than 500 in attendance. Church-wide, more than 2,200 people attended one of the six identical worship experiences on Easter Sunday.
As the original launch team hoped and prayed, God is certainly up to something pretty spectacular, not just here at Rock City, but in the heart of Columbus. If you have never attended a worship experience at Rock City Church, consider this your personal invitation.