Upcoming U.S. Church Plant Launches


Encounter Church

Location: Washington, DC

Lead Planter: Joel Pazmino
Launch Date: Fall 2017

Joel Pazmino, in association with Waypoint Church Partners, is launching Encounter Church in the Columbia Heights area of Washington, D.C. in Fall 2017. Locating in the most diverse and densely populated community in D.C., Encounter’s vision is to first a plant multi-ethnic church that reaches second generation English-speaking Latinos, then multiply in different neighborhoods connecting with each other as a family of churches.

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The Gathering Church

Location: Central Harlem, NYC

Lead Planter: Kenneth Hart
Launch Date: Fall 2017

Lead pastor and Harlem native Kenneth Hart, in association with Orchard Group, plans to launch The Gathering in Central Harlem in Fall 2017. Hart desires to plant a church that is ethnically diverse, socially conscious, and gospel-saturated. The Gathering’s mission is to build bridges that will unify a racially and socioeconomically divided Central Harlem community under the banner of Jesus Christ.

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Upcoming International Church Plant Launches


Eglise St. Lazare Church

Location: Paris, France

Lead Planter: Etienne Koning
Launch Date: September 2017

Etienne Koning, in association with Orchard Group, plans to launch Eglise St. Lazare Church in Central Paris in September of 2017. The church’s mission is to reach those living in and commuting to Central Paris, making disciples who make disciples.

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Current U.S. Church Plants

Our church planting strategy is to develop healthy partnerships with organizations that plant Christian churches in areas where the Gospel presence is minimal.


BridgePointe Christian Church

Location: Providence, RI

Lead Planter: Jared Cowgur
Launch Date: March 2013

Jared Cowgur and his staff, in association with Restoration House Ministries, launched BridgePointe in the East Providence area in March 2013. This church takes seriously its mission to "be a community of people centered around Jesus, committed to each other and called to make disciples through relationships." BridgePointe has experienced tremendous growth since its launch and now meets during three Sunday worship services.

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Church of the City

Location: Portland, OR

Lead Planter: Russell Clum
Launch Date: January 2015

Russell Clum, in affiliation with Christian Evangelistic Association, launched this church in the heart of Portland in January of 2015. While focusing on downtown Portland and the surrounding inner neighborhoods, they envision neighborhood Gospel Communities in all areas of the city.

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Collective Church

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Lead Planters: Casey Fritz and Lorenzo Smith
Launch Date: October 2015

Fritz and Smith, in affiliation with Orchard Group, have been called to reach the west side of Los Angeles which encompasses approximately 530,000 people in 23 neighborhoods. Their mission is to be a church that makes a difference for Jesus by discipling, equipping, mobilizing and sending "westsiders" to be salt and light in their neighborhoods.

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Epiphany Church

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Lead Planter: Brandon Watts
Launch Date: Spring 2016

Brandon Watts, in affiliation with Orchard Group, launched Epiphany Church in the Bed-Stuy area of Brooklyn in March of 2016. Epiphany currently meets on Sunday mornings and in weekly Bible studies in an effort to reach this diverse population made up of over 80% minorities, the majority of whom do not know Jesus.

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Everyday Christian Church

Location: New York City, NY

Lead Planter: Larry Bennett
Launch Date: 2010

Chris Travis and his staff, in association with Orchard Group, launched Everyday in Upper Manhattan in an effort to reach people of diverse backgrounds and spiritual needs. The church currently meets on Sunday mornings in an elementary school in the Inwood area.

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Foundry Church

Location: Baltimore, MD

Lead Planter: Scott Ancarrow
Launch Date: September 2013

Scott Ancarrow and his staff, in association with Orchard Group, planted Foundry Church in the Federal Hill area of Baltimore in the Fall of 2013. The population in this area of Baltimore encompasses a broad range of socio-economic and ethnic ranges. Foundry hopes to reach this diverse group of people as they meet in a restaurant near the Inner Harbor.

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Miami Church

Location: Miami, FL

Lead Planter: Greg Ingram
Launch Date: September 2015

Greg & Whitney Ingram, in association with Orchard Group, launched a vibrant church in the Coconut Grove/Brickell of Miami in the fall of 2015. Their desire is to catalyze a church planting movement in the city as they create a community that mirrors the diversity of Miami.

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Intrepid Christian Church

Location: Seattle, WA

Lead Planter: James Floyd
Launch Date: October 2015

James Floyd and his staff, in affiliation with Christian Evangelistic Association, launched Intrepid Chruch in the Gig Harbor area of Seattle in the Fall of 2015. Their goal is to reach people who have no interest in church and are living without the hope of Jesus Christ.

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Mosaic Christian Church

Location: Baltimore, MD

Lead Planter: Carl Kuhl
Launch Date: September 2008

Carl Kuhl and his staff, in association with Orchard Group, planted this church in the Arundel Mills area, a suburban area on the south side of Baltimore. Mosaic currently meets in the Eldridge and Crofton areas of Baltimore.

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NorthPointe Christian Church

Location: Providence, RI

Lead Planter: Shawn Green
Launch Date: October 2009

Shawn Green and his staff, in association with Restoration House Ministries, are serving this community in the northern Providence area of Lincoln. NorthPointe currently meets for worship in the Lincoln Mall movie theater with a mission to reach people from all walks of life.

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OceanPointe Christian Church

Location: Newport, RI

Lead Planter: Jeff Stalnaker
Launch Date: April 2014

Jeff and Rachel Stalnaker, in association with Restoration House Ministries, lauched OcianPointe on Aquidneck Island in March of 2014. The island consists of three cities: Newport, Middletown, and Portsmoth, RI. Jeff and his staff are already reaching many of the 62,000 residents on the island, 98% of whom do not attend a church.

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Redemption Church

Location: San Francisco, CA

Lead Planter: Nick Parsons
Launch Date: January 2014

Redemption Church, in association with Orchard Group, was launched in the heart of the densely populated city of San Francisco in January of 2014. This church seeks to reach the 94 percent of unchurched people in San Francisco, many of whom are finding their identity in everything except God. Redemption is located in the Haight-Ashbury‎ area of San Francisco. Former Southeast Worship Intern, John Hamilton, serves as Redemption's Creative Arts Director.

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Renaissance Church

Location: New York City, NY

Lead Planter: Jordan Rice
Launch Date: Fall 2014

Jordan and Jessica Rice, in association with Orchard Group, launched Renaissance Church in the West Harlem community of New York City. This new church is a multi-cultural church that transcends ethnic and socio-economic barriers and builds a community of people that love God totally and follow Christ radically. It currently meets for worship in a local public school.

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Renewal Church of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Lead Planter: Derrick Puckett
Launch Date: Fall 2014

Derrick & Kaley Puckett, in association with Orchard Group, planted Renewal Church in the Humbolt Park area of Chicago in the Fall of 2014. Having grown up near Chicago, the Puckett's are answering God's call to unite Chicago through a movement of churches who believe in the power of the Gospel.

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Restoration Church

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Lead Planter: Watson Jones III
Launch Date: March 2015

Watson and Kelli Jones, in association with Orchard Group, planted Restoration in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, PA, in March of 2015. A high density, urbanized community, Germantown is 78% African American with a rapidly growing Hispanic population. Watson and his staff seek to be agents of change through a growing relationship with Jesus and one another.

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Restore Christian Church

Location: Boston, MA

Lead Planter: Jeff Oakes, Pastor
Launch Date: October 2015

Restore Christain Church, in association with Restoration House Ministries, was launched in Quincy, a residential community on Boston's South Shore in October of 2015. The church meets at Wesner Hall of the Woodward School in Quincy Center with a mission of grace, growth, groups, giving, and grace.

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Revolution Christian Church

Location: Annapolis, MD

Lead Planter: Josh Burnett
Launch Date: October 2010

Josh Burnett and his staff, in association with Orchard Group and Stadia, planted this church in the downtown area of Annapolis in 2010. Annapolis is home to many diverse population groups, all living in close proximity to one another. Revolution meets in a local high school.

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SouthPointe Christian Church

Location: Providence, RI

Lead Planter: Tanner Green
Launch Date: October 2011

Tanner Green and his staff, in association with Restoration House Ministries, planted this church in the southern Providence area with a mission ot simply "live like Jesus." SouthPointe, which currently meets for worship in a local hotel, believes that everyone is welcome, nobody is perfect and we are better together in Christ.

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Thrive Church

Location: Lake Nona, Florida (near Orlando)

Lead Planter: Greg Marksberry
Launch Date: Fall 2016

Greg Marksberry, in association with Orchard Group, launched Thrive Church in the Lake Nona area of Orlando in December of 2016. This community, which has become a premier global health care research and education center, is expected to triple in population over the next ten years with a demographic mirroring the diversity of U.S.

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Village Church

Location: Buffalo, NY

Lead Planter: Jeremy Hazelton
Launch Date: October 2011

Jeremy Hazelton and his team of staff, in association with Orchard Group, planted this church in the Elmwood Village area of Buffalo, a popular area with a vibrant art scene and trendy shops. Village Church seeks to live in a way that adds value to their neighborhood, their city and their world.

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Current International Church Plants


Pro Deo Church

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Lead Planter: Louis Scheepers
Launch Date: February 2017

Louis Scheepers, in affiliation with Orchard Group, launched Pro Deo Church in the City Bowl area of Cape Town in February 2017. In this area, it is estimated that only 2-8% of people are involved in church. Pro Deo Church hopes to reach many of Cape Town’s diverse population of 3.7 million who speak eleven official languages and encompass many different tribes and races.

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City Church

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Lead Planter: Femi Osunnuyi
Launch Date: January 2017

Femi and Tosin Osunnuyi, in association with Orchard Group, launched City Church in Lagos in January 2017. Having grown up in the heart of Lagos, Femi has answered the call to launch the church in this megacity of over 20 million, the most influential and most populous city in Africa. The vision of the church is to reach the professional people who live near the Lagos Island area through biblically-sound teaching and worship.

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