I wish you could have been there; it was a food court in a mall, four friends had converged to discuss what God was preparing them to do. The discussion centered on a vision God had given Parkway House of Prayer and a small church building at Smith Mountain Lake. It was February 2005 and the dream for a growing vibrant church had been planted in the hearts of these young men. That meeting led to another and soon August had come and the first staff of this new church plant was in place.
Throughout the fall of 2005 more than 60 people came together to make up the initial "core" of what would be EastLake Community Church. Although not officially started, the work of God was well underway during that 6-month incubation period. By the time February 5, 2006 arrived that little church had been transformed into a beautifully remodeled facility with expanded seating.
Over the course of the first 4 years, God has amazed us with all that He has done. It didn't take long before we were having to use every square inch of that small church building, as well as 4000 square feet of additional rented classroom and storage space. In fact, we even started a third Sunday morning worship service throughout the Summer of 2010 to make room for the 200+ people who were trying to squeeze into a 125 seat auditorium.
In the Fall of 2010 we moved into our present location, a building that was formerly a grocery store and later a flea market. We gutted it completely and refitted it with a 250 seat sanctuary, offices, classrooms, nursery, kid's worship center and kitchen. And God has continued to help us to grow as we have done our best to walk by faith to fulfill the Great Commission!