Founded in 1941, Epiphany is a community centered in Jesus. It’s a place where Jesus restores with forgiveness and new life. It’s a place for gathering socially, where unrelated people can relate. We are growing to know Jesus more deeply by experiencing his sacrificial love and learning to love like him.

Epiphany was planted in September of 1941. And what happened in December of 1941?

Pearl Harbor, World War II, and no building project for Epiphany.

So, for seven years we worshipped Jesus in the basement of Woerner Elementary, the local public school.

So, Who are we? What are we doing here?

In 2015, we came up with a bold ministry plan. We wanted to grow. Not quantitatively in the first place, but qualitatively, in depth, in relationships. We wanted to grow in God’s Word, grow in service, and see God grow His kingdom here in our neighborhood. We were ready to let faith run.

Looking for a way to let faith run, we turned the sled toward the students, families, and staff of Woerner Elementary. We encouraged members to serve there as reading buddies. We started building relationships.

In time it became clear that we wanted to focus our efforts in our local area. We could be church in a lot of places, but we still believe God has called us to be church here, in a transitioning urban area, with no parking lot, problems with crime, a growing refugee and immigrant population close by, pockets of wealth and poverty all packed in together in proximity. God called us to be church here.

So we started listening to what the neighborhood needed.

We knew that each member was called to let faith work in love in their unique station in life. We also believed that God was calling us to do something together as a worshiping community to serve our neighborhood.

We don’t know what God will ultimately do with these seeds of kindness sown in Jesus’ name, but we know that faith needs to run.

Our faith in Jesus is pulling us to pursue a vision to be a community that puts Jesus first, neighbors second, and ourselves third by gathering to be served by him so we can grow to love as he loves.

By focusing our social service outreach on just one little public elementary school, we’re seeing more opportunities for service than we could have imagined.

We trust that God is working in these relationships for His glory and the good of our community. Whatever happens, we know that faith needs a place to run.

Here’s a video we made to recap this work God has been doing among us: