Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family
It’s simple, we want to make a difference in our world for Jesus Christ by connecting people to God and letting God transform lives. We think it’s important to be a bridge to each other, to the community and to our world.
We’re a multi-generational church, all ages, all walks of life. Jesus is our focus and our source is the Bible. We’re more concerned about faithfully living out the Gospels and being a bridge to our community, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, families and relationships than we are about being a club.
We actively seek to serve our community and not just attract the community to come to our church. Church is who we are, not a Sunday event.
First Church was started in 1906 when a small group began meeting in homes. As the size of the group grew, lots were purchased near the St. Joseph River (the present site of the Berrien County Courthouse) and construction began on the first church building, called Faith Home. Worship services began in Faith Home in 1909 and continued there until the present site of the First Church - St. Joseph Campus was constructed in 1952.
In 2010, First Church officially became a multi-site church with the beginning of its second campus at 990 N. Euclid Ave. in Benton Heights.
In April 2013, First Church purchased a building at 5767 Red Arrow Hwy. in Stevensville and, after extensive renovations, opened the First Church - Stevensville Campus in the autumn of 2013.
What's the bottom line? More than ever, First Church is committed to igniting Christ's passion in everyday people to restore God's ideal. We know that when Christ is at the center of people's lives; homes, neighborhoods, communities and the world can be transformed in the way that God believes they should be.
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at First Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the First Church family.
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