The genesis of LifePoint occurred when God spoke to people about a church north of the I-270 Loop in Columbus, OH. Jersey Baptist Church on the east side of the city and Metro Columbus Baptist Association decided to partner together to advance God’s Kingdom here. Together, they called Dean and Angie Fulks in September of 2003 and asked them to begin to pray. Over the next few months, God gathered a leadership team and in March of 2004, 14 people gathered at a home in Lewis Center for a Bible study that began LifePoint Church. We met monthly for the next four months until we outgrew a house with 65 people in July. After a couple of months of preview worship gatherings, we began meeting weekly in October 2004 at the Westerville Community Center on Sunday nights because WCC was not open on Sunday mornings. By the fall of 2005, we had about 110 people attending each week, we had just taken our first international missions trip to Honduras, and had 4 different LifeGroup meeting weekly. We were focused in those early days on the kind of church we wanted to be…one that focused on our relationship with God without the extra rules and keeping our relationships with each other healthy. We wanted a church where everyone sensed that they belong and a place where they believed they could become all that God intended.
Multiple Worship Gatherings
In the winter of 2005, we were approached by the Delaware Baptist Church about a potential merger. After a few months of meeting and praying together, their church body officially voted to merge into LifePoint on the 10th of February 2006. This officially started our move into multiple worship gatherings. We met on our first Sunday morning there with 29 people, on what officially became our north campus. We closed 2006 by officially constituting as a church and in 2007 began a second worship gathering on Sunday morning in that location. In the fall of 2008, Centerpoint Church graciously invited us to use their facilities on Sunday evenings so we began meeting there in October. In these two facilities in three different worship gatherings, God helped us reach 500 people in weekly attendance by 2010.
In the spring of 2011, we moved into our newly renovated facility at 7719 Graphics Way in Lewis Center. Since our move, God has continued to help us help people connect to Him. We have seen a number of people Go Public with their baptisms. Today, we are a church of about 2000 weekly attenders and we have 90 LifeGroups that meet in Lewis Center, Delaware, Westerville, Powell, Worthington and Mount Vernon with about 1650 people involved.
One Church in Multiple Locations
In the summer of 2012, we sensed God’s leadership about launching a new campus in Mount Vernon, OH with the support of the SEND North America team. On February 17, 2013, we were blessed to launch our first multi-site campus in Mount Vernon. This campus is led by our Teaching Pastor, Adam Pursel. In January of 2015, we announced that we sense God leading to start a new campus in Delaware, OH. We plan to launch this new campus early in 2016. We want LifePoint to be a relevant place of worship in our community north of the 270 Loop, where people’s lives really do change and they attend because they want to not because they feel guilty if they don’t. We would love for you to become part of our story…