On June 1, 1969, the first worship service of an as-yet-to-be-named new church was held at Stony Point School with 40 adults and 6 nursery-aged children in attendance. A picnic had been held the day before at Forest Hill Park to give the congregation’s new members a chance to get to know one another and an opportunity to spend time with David and Madge Fleece, the potential minister and his wife.
The group that gathered that first Sunday came from diverse religious backgrounds – Methodist, Baptist, Christian Reformed and Presbyterian. They were also from different racial backgrounds, ethnic cultures and a variety of states. From the beginning, the bond which brought them together was the deeply felt need to worship in a church that provided Biblical distinctives and believed in the inerrancy of the Word of God.