Identity: Who are we?
Our vision is to demonstrate and advance God’s Kingdom to Columbus, Ohio, and the world through Gospel-changed lives.
The WCPC Story
After helping plant River Oaks Presbyterian Church in Lake Mary, Florida and Northwest Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Ohio, Steve and Tami Resch’s vision to plant a new church in the east suburbs of Columbus took root in 1997. Five families joined Steve and Tami as they met weekly at WCVO Radio Station praying, planning, and preparing to start a new church. We desired to help people wherever they were on the spiritual journey to come to Jesus Christ, grow in their relationship with Christ, and to go and tell others about Christ.
On Palm Sunday, March 23, 1998 we began public worship services at Gahanna Middle School South. With an influx of newcomers over the next couple of years, we began meeting in Growth Groups (small groups in homes) and started ministries to children, youth, men, and women.
God enabled us to reach significant milestones in the year 2000. After years of financial support from outside sources, we became self-supporting on Palm Sunday, 2000 when our 50 charter members ordained our first elders and we were officially recognized as a church by our denomination. Limited by space we jumped at the opportunity to move to the Northeast School. With more room for worship and more classrooms for education, our ministries expanded. We grew not only in breadth but we also grew in depth. The Gospel (which we always believed and proclaimed) challenged our thinking and massaged our hearts in new and exciting ways. Gripped by God’s transforming grace, we embarked on a quest to become a congregation without pretense. Compelled by God’s enduring and pursuing love, we began planting new churches (Grace Central in the Short North and The Granville Chapel).
In July 2004, our congregation unanimously voted to purchase 6.5 acres on 600 W. Johnstown Road in Gahanna. After saving our pennies for years, we paid cash for our strategically located site. Exactly one year later, we unanimously approved the plan to build Phase One of our campus. Construction was completed in July 2007.
While giving a brief sketch of our history, this synopsis doesn’t tell you the amazing stories of transformed hearts, reconciled relationships, rescued marriages, and joyous fun. You’ll just have to drop by and discover them first hand.
The mission of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is to glorify God by equipping and enabling the churches of the PCA to work together to fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples of all nations, so that people will mature as servants of the triune God, will worship God in spirit and truth, and will have a reforming impact on culture.
We desire to take the message of Jesus Christ’s atoning love on the cross to every nation so that all people will trust in Him alone for their salvation from sin.
We want to show compassion and render mercy, to love and to serve people from every ethnic group, nation and socio-economic level.