In June of 1966, our Founding Pastor Gene Huber, his wife Susan and their five children arrived to pastor a small church in Pleasantville, NJ. From the beginning, we found that the way to reach people was by connecting those who do not know Christ with the love of God’s people and the clear gospel message.
In the late 70’s we began having weekly gospel concerts which drew hundreds. In the years that followed we had musical productions which reached thousands. Most recently, we have found a new means of connecting with people - our Christianity Explored course. But most of all, we are seeking to be a congregation of people who reach people in our everyday lives.
In 1999 our church began to connect with churches in Belarus. This led to the develpment of our own mission organization called SEE Global, which seeks to Support – Encourage – and Equip the church.
Our international outreach has also expanded to involve ministry partnerships which include training pastors among the Mayan Indians of Guatemala, Muslim outreach in London and church planting to unreached people in Central Asia.
As we grew in our ministries and outreach, God also enabled us to grow the facilities of our church. After 16 years in Pleasantville, we began meeting as a non-denominational church in Egg Harbor Township. Our first location on Ocean Heights Avenue could not keep up with our growth.
In 1984 God blessed us in an unusual way by providing our present campus of 146 acres. We did not realize it at that time, but God was preparing us to reach the growth boom that was about to hit our community. The persistent sacrifice of God’s people has enabled us to build our Worship Center (1987), our Fellowship Mall (1995), our Family Life Center (2004), our Youth Center (2007), and our Learning Center (2012). Each of these steps has been used by God to strengthen the scope of our ministry.
The look of our campus was not the only thing changing. In 2002, after twenty years on our pastoral staff, Kyle Huber began transitioning into the role of Lead Pastor. Since then, our pastors have changed to operating as a team, where they share equal authority and delegate roles to each pastor.
Through the years, we have sought to grow the health of our church family. One essential aspect of this is biblical community. We emphasize the importance of small group involvement so that we truly can fulfill the biblical picture of caring for “one another,” and growing in maturity together.
In all of this we want to see ourselves as disciple-makers as we follow the heart of Christ for His church and this world.
God has challenged us many times over these years. In each challenge we have experienced new enabling and blessings from God. We are committed to continuing to be a healthy, vibrant community that seeks to reach as many people as God will allow – until He returns!