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Our History

Church planting is one of the most effective ways to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

Rockside Church is a new church in Independence, Ohio that is designed to serve the business professionals and those without a church from Greater Cleveland.

Here's how we started:

The Assemblies of God provides training for pastors to start new churches. The staff from Bethel Temple, where Donna Barrett served, attended this event in August of 2002 which helped to clarify God's will for a NEW CHURCH in the Cleveland area!

Church Planting Magazine

A farewell reception was held for Pastor Donna Barrett on October 5, 2002, after serving 7 years on staff at Bethel Temple, in Parma, Ohio. A two-day PRAYER SUMMIT was held October, 2002 to ask for God's help and guidance, followed by 2 informational meetings open to those interested in the possibility of being part of the core group.

Prayer Meeting

After individual interviews, a core group of 40 was identified, called forward and prayed for at a send off celebration at Bethel Temple on November 17, 2002.

Pastor Donna Barrett then itinerated at various churches to raise prayer and financial support for Rockside Church.

Rev. Jonathan Moore and Family, with Pastor Donna Barrett Highway Tabernacle, Youngstown, Ohio - October, 2002 The Moores with Pastor Barrett

Pastor Barrett Playing the Guitar Pastor Donna Barrett ministered in music and presented the project at New Life Assembly of God, Poland, Ohio - October, 2002

Lydia Suhodolsky and Pastor Donna participated in the Missions Banquet at West Shore Assembly of God, November, 2002

L to R Vaso Suhodolsky, Rev. Bob Pavetic and wife, Donna, Lydia Suhodolsky, Pastor Donna Barrett, Missionaries to Colombia Sherry & Ken Patrick

Missions Banquet

Pastor Barrett Speaking

Pastor Donna preached at Trinity Assembly of God, Cleveland, Rev. Aldo Panzanella, Senior Pastor.

She was also the guest speaker for their Christmas Banquet December 13, 2002.


Weekly core group meetings were started for times of prayer and relationship building.

Core group members met weekly sharing their personal story of how Christ has changed their lives, developing leadership, praying together and building the foundation of this NEW CHURCH.

Weekly Core Group Meetings

Tech Guys

Brian Mosher, Jason Winkler and Mark Travnik learning the technical parts of portable church from the experts at Word of Grace Church.

Rockside Church moved into Indiana Wesleyan University's building at 4100 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio, on July 6, 2003.

Indiana Wesleyan University Building

Charter Members Charter members for Rockside Church were received on Sunday, August 10, 2003.

On August 17, 2003, Rockside Church hosted an Open House for the community and area supporters.

The Grand Opening Service for Rockside Church was held on Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 10:30 am.

Kids at the Grand Opening

About Rockside

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Rockside Church | 4100 Rockside Road | Independence, OH 44131 | 216.650.6780