Our History

Church planting has proven to be one of the most effective ways to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and expand the church around the world whether by reaching one more person or providing an additional missions base from when to send, pray and give to spread the gospel around the world. Rockside Church was started October, 2002.

A two-day PRAYER SUMMIT was held 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 from the parent church, Bethel Temple, where Donna Barrett had served on staff for 7 years.

Prayer MeetingItinerated with Pastor Chuck and Suzie Davis and their boys.

Prayer MeetingAfter individual interviews, a core group of 32 was identified and sent out with prayer.

The Moores with Pastor BarrettRev. Jonathan Moore and Family, with Pastor Donna Barrett Highway Tabernacle, Youngstown, Ohio.

Pastor Barrett Playing the GuitarPastor Donna Barrett ministered in music and presented the project at New Life Assembly of God, Poland, Ohio Lydia Suhodolsky and Pastor Donna participated in the Missions Banquet at West Shore Assembly of God.

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

Pastor Barrett SpeakingPastor 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 MeetingsWeekly 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.

The first core group meeting was held at the home of the Potelicki Family, then Freedom III office building in Independence. During this pre-launch season, the core group took "field trips" on Sundays to area churches and built relationships with people in the area, hosting a National Day of Prayer event and served at city activities. The YOUTH GROUP met in the basement of the Potelickis' home beyond the launch season.

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

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

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

Kids at the Grand OpeningOn 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.