The dream for Glory of Christ Fellowship was born in the heart of Mike Perry in November of 2000 who later found a visionary partner in Greg Chaffin. Together they submitted a “church planting proposal” to the Church Planting Committee of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Minneapolis, and then met with the Committee in June of 2005. The Committee was hopeful about the prospects of starting a new church in the Elk River area, and therefore in December of 2005 they appointed Pastor Charlie as the official liaison between the Committee and these men.
In the course of Pastor Charlie’s time with them, Mike and Greg asked him to consider being the Pastor of the new church and within a few weeks he agreed. Thus, Bethlehem Baptist Church hired him as their Church Planting Resident for one year and gave him the task of starting this new church. With the help of the staff at Bethlehem, Pastor Charlie was able to recruit Kevin Feder to be our Pastor for Family Ministries, both of whom began serving the church full-time on August 1, 2007.
For several months, a small group of families began to gather at a home in Rogers, but when the group outgrew the house we moved over to the “barn” on Twin Lakes Road in Elk River, thanks to our good friends Craig and Lisa Howse! Then, in August of 2007 we secured office space in Rogers, and later in Elk River, and in September of 2007 we began to offer Sunday morning worship services at the Handke Family Center in Elk River. Since then we have sought to preach the Word of God faithfully, call upon his name in prayer, love one another as Christ has loved us, and reach out to the lost and "least of these" in the Elk River area and even around the world.
We are very grateful for God's grace toward Glory of Christ and we're eager to experience his faithfulness together in the years to come. In God’s time, we hope to acquire land or an existing building and develop a "base of operations" with which we can better fulfill our mission to make disciples for the glory of Christ in Elk River and beyond.
Glory of Christ Fellowship is affiliated with the Treasuring Christ Together Network (the church planting network started by Bethlehem Baptist Church) and with the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention. Pastors Charlie and Kevin attend regular meetings with both groups for the sake of fellowship, spiritual and leadership growth, and accountability. These vital partnerships help us to fulfill the purposes for which we went out in faith and started Glory of Christ.
Our Theme Verse: "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:5-6).