In the fall of 2002, a group of families began meeting together to pray and explore whether God was leading them to start a church on the westide of Spartanburg. After many coffee and prayer meetings, God provided the opportunity for a group of men to meet with a gifted Bible teacher who was serving as an interim pastor at a small church in Boiling Springs, SC. This group of men explained how God was leading them, along with several other families, to start a church on the westside of Spartanburg. The interim pastor informed the men that he was not interested in starting a church. However, God had other plans. After several more meetings, the interim pastor felt God was leading him to join these families to start a church. These families called Richard Smith to be the pastor.