Tim, his wife Tandy and their three children, Cobe, Cayden and Cyndell moved to Orlando in June of 2009 to begin Genesis Church. Their passion was to create an authentic place where people could comfortably rethink life the way God intended and discover how to live out their faith in a way that would transform them forever. Graduates of Liberty University, they both have spent over 20 years in ministry together, serving for 8 years on staff at West Ridge Church in Atlanta, GA, before settling in East Orlando. It is here they desire to lead a movement of people who, because of Jesus, exist for the benefit of others locally and around the world.
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. This was 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 150 attendees. 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. In just over four years Genesis quickly grew and were soon 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. 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. After 2 1/2 years in the theater, God opened the door to partner with Family Christian Academy and move to our current location and a more permanent facility.
The best is yet to come! Genesis was given its name with a clear message… that 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.