June 2003 A Church is Planted…
In June of 2003, John and Cheryl Reeves—who had just recently planted churches in Clemson, SC and Atlanta, GA—felt a stirring to head to the greater Columbia area to plant a church. John Reeves quickly began recruiting, and soon Salim and Amanda Khalil, Jeremiah Jones, and Duncan Pleming met in an apartment in Lexington, South […]
August 2003 Oasis Church
In the Fall of 2003, just a few months after we first met, in a leap of faith, Rick Parks and Lexington Community Church offered their facilities to us. We moved into the building and began meeting every Sunday. Soon, those six adults meeting in that little apartment became something more: Oasis Church.
September 2003 RADIUS Church
Of course, one church plant wasn’t enough. And John Reeves and several of the Oasis leaders were looking toward downtown Columbia for opportunity and favor from God to start another church: RADIUS Church, which met in a coffeeshop name “Jammin’ Java” off Main Street in Columbia.
August 2004 RADIUS and Oasis merge…
In August of 2004, it seemed obvious that two separate churches led by the same leaders was a flawed approach. Not to mention Lexington Community Church and Jammin’ Java were both lacking space and potential. Instead, we combined both congregations, took the name “RADIUS,” found an elementary school to meet in, and honed in on […]
June 2005 Movies in the Park
After merging, RADIUS Church became known for its “crazy” generosity. We didn’t have a whole lot of resources then, but we tried to serve creatively with what we had. Movies in the Park was the fruit of those efforts: every week of the summer, volunteers set up a huge projector at Finlay Park in Columbia. […]