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Genesis was a calling that began in 2008 with a few families in Atlanta, Georgia led by Pastor Tim Grandstaff and his wife Tandy. After years and months of wrestling with God, the call to start a church had become loud and clear. For the next year while still on staff at West Ridge Church, Tim and Tandy Grandstaff along with their church staff there would plan, strategize, and begin the move for their family of four along with a few other families to Orlando, Florida in 2009. A dream thirteen years in the making as Tim interned at First Baptist Orlando in the summer of 1996, where he fell in love with the city and it’s people. In the Fall of 2009 twenty-six adults and children would birth the core of Genesis Church.

It was on Sunday January 24, 2010, Genesis Church opened it’s doors to East Orlando at Timber Lakes Elementary School in Avalon Park to a 150 people. What started as a calling from God and a big dream for us, became a reality as we quickly began to grow and reach our community. Church for Genesis wasn’t and isn’t just about Sunday, so a school was no big deal. The leaders of Genesis were comfortable in a school because in GA the church they were on staff and in a church that had met in a local school for almost 9 years before it built it’s on facility. The school as any building was just a reminder for our church that faith is to be active outside the walls of a building and not secluded in it.

In just over four years Genesis quickly grew and were soon were holding two services of almost five hundred people to accommodate everyone. The heartbeat of this church was to always stay active in the community no matter how big we grew and so we  made it a devotion of ours to extend generosity in many ways to serve Orlando and around the world. (see HERE) However after almost five years our young church needed a new location to continue to grow and God began to work again. In the summer of 2014 God opened the doors for Genesis Church to move to the center of the marketplace with a larger facility at Regal IMAX in Waterford Lakes Town Center. This has been a strategic move for us to have a church in the center of our community and we believe this new move allows us to take that one step further as we seek to be the church God outlines in the Bible.

Genesis has been about making an impact in our city and around the world since the very first day. Throughout the year you can journey with us to Sao, Paulo Brazil or Jamaica for world missions opportunities and we make a difference int he lives of people with very little. Every month we serve with our partner ministry Straight Street to feed, clothe and love on hundreds of homeless people living on the streets of our city. Each summer we provide FREE of charge the largest kids camp in East Orlando. A sports and arts camp that has bridged relationships with coaches, companies and industries around our community to make a difference in the lives of children. Generosity is the key to displaying our faith and meeting in a movie theater reminds us each week our building isn’t the focus the people of our city are.

But the journey has not stopped there! In September of 2016 we have the opportunity to use a second campus on Sunday evenings for Men’s Ministry, Prayer Nights, Women’s events and more. It’s on the edge of our city in Chuluota, FL. It’s in a smaller classic style church but still has our same DNA, kids environment and dedication to connecting to people.  It is here in these two locations that we believe God is continuing to work and going to do even greater things as we seek to reach our city with the gospel of Jesus. The vision has just begun with so many lives being changed and the best is yet to come!  Genesis was given its name with a clear message… with God there are always new beginnings! If you are looking for a church, have had no church experience, or maybe have lost trust in the church we invite you to come with us on our journey. Our faith isn’t in the church either, but in Jesus. However, we believe it’s through the church that God made a plan to help the world. Genesis is a place with a purpose to rethink life the way God intended and that place is where we and you can always begin.

Sincerely, 

Genesis Church

Sending Church & Partnering Churches/Associations of Genesis Church

West Ridge Church / Atlanta, GA

Thomas Road Baptist Church / Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University / Lynchburg, VA

Gallery Church / Baltimore, MD

Hope Church / Burlington, NC

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