Reunion Church

Pastor Russel Rader leads Reunion Church, which is planted in the heart of Manhattan-Union Square in New York.

A church-planting marathon happened in September and October as six new churches launched. That takes the total number of church plants supported by Southeast Christian Church in the last decade or so to 66. One more will launch this weekend.

Certainly, COVID played a part in launch timing.

“Except for the complications of COVID, some of these churches could have launched last year,” said Church Plant Leader Eugene DePorter. “It was difficult to navigate COVID issues as they built a core team, relationships in the community and plans for launch. I’m excited for the efforts they put in to make these launches happen.”

Each church is unique, planted in communities where few attend a local church. Southeast comes alongside to support them with resources and volunteers for three to five years. The goal is that each church becomes self-sufficient, self-governing and self-replicating.

Churches launched this fall include two started by pastors with strong ties to Southeast. Former staff member Adam Berry planted Hope City Church in northwest Arkansas, and Jake Nagy, who grew up at Southeast, launched Kainos Church in Portland, Oregon.

Accelerate Church

Camden, New Jersey

Launched Sept. 12

Pastor Ernest Grant

At Accelerate Church, they like to say, “It’s the perfect church for imperfect people,” and, “Jesus is our why. We are passionate about helping people in the South Jersey region meet Jesus, walk in their God-given purpose and the life God desires for them.”

Beacon Church

Derry, New Hampshire

Launched Sept. 12

Pastor: Calvin Daly

People gather at the Greater Londonderry YMCA for worship and serve together at a local soup kitchen every week.

Hope Church • Baltimore

Launched Sept. 26

Pastor Joshua Symonette

The hope is to create a space of intersection where people with differences in age, race, gender, education and socioeconomic status can grow together to reflect a cross-cultural church in Baltimore.

Reunion Church • New York City

Launched Sept. 26

Pastor Russel Rader

Planted in the heart of Manhattan-Union Square, the church seeks to communicate the love and truth of Jesus in a way that is tangible and welcoming for all.

“The church is people, not a building. We have learned to pray more, seek deeper dependence on the Holy Spirit and listen better than ever,” Rader said. “We love the city and believe it to be full of the most beautiful thing in the world … people. We believe every person is a story made by God, full of history, experiences and creative capacities.”

Hope City Church

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Launched Oct. 3

Pastor: Adam Berry

This church plant in Northwest Arkansas “exists to help people experience Jesus in a way that changes their lives and impacts generations with His hope.”

Church life revolves around three rhythms: gather, party, serve.

“In our community, it’s OK to have questions, it’s OK to have doubts, it’s OK to not know what you believe and it’s OK not to be OK,” Berry said. “We believe hope is for everyone, and we are all in the same boat at Hope City.”

Kainos Church

Portland, Oregon

Launched Oct. 3

Pastor Jake Nagy

Nagy was raised at Southeast and attended Biola University in California. The goal at Kainos Church is to be multigenerational, to serve the community and to connect with refugees.

As a church community that is committed to living like Jesus, they want to prioritize and live out love and justice in their community.

New City Church

Oakland, California

To launch Oct. 17

Pastor Gabe Garcia

“We wake up believing God has not turned his back on the city of Oakland,” Garcia said. “He is strategically working to draw more people to Himself. That shapes our commitment to those who are far from Christ. We want to be known for the Gospel we preach and how it has transformed our lives to love others.”