How We Got Started…
About seven years before the birth of Central Valley Community Church (September 2000), the leadership of West Center Baptist Church in Madison, SD had a vision meeting. In that meeting they began to pray and brainstorm about things that only God could do. A 10-year vision was developed from that meeting and one of those items was a church plant. For the next seven years they began to pray through towns asking God to open doors. They eventually began to focus on Hartford.
In 1995 I became the student pastor at West Center Baptist (WCB) where I worked 30 hours in ministry and got my Master’s Degree on the side. Two to three times a week I would drive to Sioux Falls for class and as I would go through Hartford, I would pray for God to open the door for a new church. Little did I know that God would call Kristi and I to lead the church plant.
People often ask about the steps and strategies that went into starting CVCC. The main strategy was prayer; God opened doors and prepared hearts for the gospel as we prayed. Through an act of God he brought the people to WCB who had a passion for church planting and who lived near Hartford. After several months of planning, praying, and building a launch team, in May of 2000 our group of 22 held our first monthly service in the West Central High School Auditorium. We had 125 people show up to that first service. In September we officially launched, holding weekly Sunday services and we haven’t looked back since. God has blessed us with the opportunity of seeing many commit their lives to Christ and be baptized in the last several years. We now have over 200 in attendance and we are trusting God to touch many more lives.
To God be the glory in all things!