In 2010, a small group 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 end of that 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.
In the fall of 2015, Rock City launched its first permanent campus in the heart of the Short North and paved the way for the opening of the Columbus Dream Center and in the winters of 2016 and 2017, Rock City launched Rock City Upper Arlington in Upper Arlington High School and Rock City Westerville in Westerville Central High School.
Rock City Church has been recognized nationally as one of the Fastest-Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine and LifeWay Research for the past four years and today, thousands of people worship each week across three Rock City campuses.
Looking ahead, Rock City – through the RUN Campaign – has plans to open another permanent campus in the Hilliard area as the mission of the church to reach the unchurched and awaken the spiritually restless is pursued.
As the original launch team hoped and prayed, God is certainly up to something pretty spectacular, not just here at Rock City, but across Columbus. If you have never attended a worship experience at Rock City Church, consider this your personal invitation.