This church was formed on September 28, 1997. The initial congregation was made up of seventeen people. The members of the church had met up in the Hamilton Park, located in the northern part of Columbus, Ohio, for a bible study like gathering. The church had originally been named, “ Peniel Ethiopian Christian Fellowship”. Soon after, five elders were appointed and their first church gatherings had began. Together as a community, the church had gathered in each other’s houses. After this became habitual, the elders had talked with the people of Missionary Alliance. The Missionary Alliance had recommended that the new church associated with them due to their new stature, but the members of this church disagreed to those terms and wanted to build their own foundation. The Missionary Alliance had come to an agreement with the new church and had given them a location to settle down. After arriving at the church, there were renovations needed to be made so the congregation had come together to try and cover the costs. Some of the struggles they faced related to how to operating the church. All of these circumstances lead to the great community and fellowship created by the people of this church. Through God’s hand we have been able to continue on as a church, growing stronger and stronger.
WHO ARE WE
“ We are mainly Ethiopian immigrants & Ethiopian Americans who gather in Columbus, Ohio to worship our savior and Lord Jesus Christ.Our goal is to preach the gospel, make disciples and wait in fellowship for the coming our Lord Jesus Christ. We receive as our brothers and sisters all who believe in Jesus Christ, as well as guests and visitors who are not Christians.”
We believe in one God – existing in the community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe God is the creator of mankind and of all things, visible and invisible.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son and Savior of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit that dwells within every Christian.
We believe the Bible is composed of the 66 books and is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and the final authority for all matters of faith.
We believe that mankind, created by God, willfully sinned, and as a result, is lost and without hope. Mankind’s only hope and salvation is from Jesus Christ.
We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. The saved will inherit eternal life; the unsaved, eternal separation from God.
We believe that salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe that the church is the body and bride of Christ – consisting of all Christians everywhere.
We believe marriage is ordained by God as the union between one man and one woman.
We believe in participating in the Lord’s Supper (communion) on a regular basis.
Our Mission Statement:
“Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”