In January, 2010, about 35 people, meeting in the Corryville Rec Center, met for our launch service. We were hungry to see God do something incredible in our city. And he has.
In those six years, we have been on mission in our community, trusting God in outreaches both big and small, and have enjoyed the fruit of those efforts. Numerous people have placed their faith in Jesus and followed him in baptism.
CTK has also become a very diverse church. People of different nationalities, ethnicities, income levels, and generations all gather together each week, as one body, worshiping Jesus together.
Many have found true Christian community in their city group. People have learned more about the Bible and living the Christian life through their learning series. Through our ministry internships and residency, many people were trained for ministry and sent out to serve at CTK and elsewhere.
The gospel has been preached and people have found hope in Christ, turning from sin and finding freedom and joy in Jesus Christ.
After a little more than two years as a church, God has blessed us with a church building in Uptown. Having a permanent home is invaluable to a young church that is trying to find stability over the long haul. It has since been completely renovated and is now home to hundreds of people each Sunday over three services.
Four years into the life of our church, God led us to plant another campus with pastor Dustin Nimmo. About a year and a half later, God gave us another church building, at Christ the King Eastern Hills. We have already seen exciting new growth there as a result.
In the fall of 2015, the worship ministries of both campuses, “We the Native,” collaborated to record our first worship EP.
Now, six years in, CTK is a diverse, healthy, fast growing, multi-campus, urban, gospel-centered church. Wow! This blows my mind. It is only by his grace and goodness that we have come this far. I can’t wait for what’s next.
Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). I am grateful for this promise. Jesus is doing a great work in Cincinnati, through a number of faithful churches.
And I truly believe the best is yet to come!