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.
In 2018, the first campus in a local prison was launched and in January of 2019, after more than a year of building, Rock City opened its doors to Rock City Hilliard – a state-of-the-art campus that serves the church as its broadcast campus.
Throughout 2019, additional prison locations were added throughout Ohio and in the fall of 2020, Rock City Polaris opened its doors.
Rock City Church has been recognized nationally as one of the Fastest-Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine and LifeWay Research every year since 2012 and today, thousands of people worship each week at campuses across Columbus.
As the original launch team hoped and prayed, God is certainly up to something pretty spectacular. If you have never attended a worship experience at Rock City Church, consider this your personal invitation. We are making heaven full!