Highland Gospel Community was founded on August 31, 2014 after two separate congregations joined together. Highland Bethel Church and Gospel Community officially merged after the leadership teams prayerfully met during the summer of 2014.
Highland Bethel Church was a historic congregation in the city of Fort Wayne, having been founded in 1949 here at our current location. Throughout their years the people from that fellowship were faithful in service and active in the local community. They were missions minded and supported numerous international missionaries over the years; as well as locally focused, having helped plant Brookside Community Church in 1959.
Gospel Community was affiliated, since its founding in 1995, with the non-denominational network, Calvary Chapel, (a group started by Chuck Smith in southern California). The church grew to several hundred before the founding pastor stepped down. The next few years, under new leadership, the church re-branded itself, moved locations, and began ministering to a younger demographic. After two years of renting space at another local church in the city of Fort Wayne, it was time for Gospel Community to move into the next phase the Lord had pre-ordained.
June 2014 is when the two lead pastors of both fellowships had coffee together and realized that God was clearly going before them in His desire to bring these fellowships together as one. Gospel Community had at its core a youthful spirit and leaders who emphasized community within the family of Christ, excellent worship, and a strong commitment to verse by verse Bible teaching. Highland Bethel had effective programs for their children such as AWANA, a heart for reaching the neighborhood around them, and many faithful hardworking servants of Jesus Christ. Together, it seemed like both groups of Christ-followers could do more by linking arms.
Today the strengths of both of these groups are seen in the way our church operates. Although the adjustments of blending two separate families together, both with different styles and cultures, is no small task, it has given plenty of opportunity for people to mature in their faith and find new ways of participating in the service of Christ Jesus.
Our prayer is that the humility of our congregation and acceptance of one another for the sake of Jesus and His kingdom would be a testimony to others that truly we are better together.