We are a non-denominational Bible-teaching church plant that was launched in September of 2013 in partnership with Parkside Church:
Pastor Alistair Begg of Parkside Church’s Bainbridge campus addressed the congregation on the evening of Sunday October 31, 2011 regarding planting a church in Lake County. Scott Kennedy was announced as the Lead Pastor and Pastor Begg encouraged anyone in the region to consider joining the church.
A core team of people began meeting at an Arabica Coffee Shop in Willoughby Hills in November to pray for the development of the church plant. The “Core Team” outgrew the meeting space and moved two months later an area home. This group of roughly 20 people met to pray for ways they could reach out to their community and began to plan details for what would become the “CTGs” or, “Core Team Gatherings.”
In February 2012, CTGs began at Maplegrove Alliance Church on Sunday evenings. People curious or ready to be engaged in the church plant were invited to come and be a part of these formational meetings. From February through September, many gathered to study the book of Acts, discuss aspects of the church ranging from Children’s Ministry to membership, and to pray for friends, family, and co-workers to come to understand the gospel. The logistics of how the church would look was discussed and leaders for various service opportunities emerged.
On Sunday September 16, 2012 Parkside Church Lake County held its first service in Lakeland Community College’s Performing Arts Center. In the ensuing years we’ve added a few paid staff members and are excited for what the future holds.