Church Planting Residency
Our residency program is designed to prepare faithful and able men for the work of planting and re-planting churches. We believe this calling requires more than just giftedness, it requires equipping. Find more information by clicking here.
Church planters that come from our residency program are part of the Confessional Collective, a group of church planters that hold to the historic reformed confessions. Find more information about the Collective here.
Here are some helpful resources for more information about church planting.
The video below is an update of how we have been able to participate in church planting over the last several years.
Our Church Plants
We are actively involved in planting churches. We have helped several local church plants in various capacities such as providing internship and residency programs aimed at planting as well as financial and physical support. The churches below have been or will be planted around Michigan with the help of First Pres. Check out their websites to get to know them.
- Redeemer Community Church – Dearborn, MI
Pastor Jeremy Roth spent time as an intern at First Pres before planting Redeemer Community Church in Dearborn. Redeemer also started a branch of GOAL Sports in their Dearborn Community.
- Redeemer Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor, MI
Pastor Jim Mong went through a special residency program at First Pres. He has begun having services in Ann Arbor near the University of Michigan campus.
- 5 Point 7 Community Church – Detroit, MI
Pastor Brian Evans is currently a church planting resident at First Pres. He will be planting a church on the East side of Detroit, where he grew up, in the near future.
Churches we support
We believe that church planting is an essential way that the gospel is taken to our communities. As members of Acts 29, we financially support several church plants. Click on the links below to visit their websites or watch the videos to hear their stories.
- Restore in Detroit, MI (Acts 29 Church)
Pastors Mike Hanafee and Clete Bontrager moved across the country to plant Restore in a part of Detroit where most of us would be afraid of. They are a light in a place that needs to see the hope of Christ.
- Cornerstone Church in Detroit, MI (Acts 29 Church)
Pastor Tyler St.Clair grew up on the West side of Detroit and has a strong desire for the people of his city to come to know and serve Christ. Cornerstone was planted in 2016
- Epiphany Fellowship in Camden, NJ (Acts 29 Church)
Camden is one of the most dangerous cities in America. Pastor Ernest Grant III has been a part of the work in Camden from the start. God is working at Epiphany as the church is growing and being a blessing to the city.
- Anchor Church in Howell, MI (Acts 29 Church)
Pastor Ben Luethy leads this Acts 29 church in Howell, striving for Gospel, Mission, & Community.