Pastor Paul Endrei dreamed of planting a church with a simple goal; being a church for the whole family that specialized in kids and youth ministry. With the help of a launch team of 20 other people committed to seeing this dream become a reality, Church on the Rise began on October 24, 1993. That Sunday 52 people attended our first service in a house in Avon Lake. Within three weeks the church grew to 85 people and totally out grew the house.
From the beginning, Church on the Rise has had a heartbeat for winning souls, binding up the brokenhearted, and planting new Churches. Six other churches have been planted by Church on the Rise since its inception in the U.S. and over 3,000 in Africa.
Church on the Rise purchased nearly 20 acres of prime land in Westlake where the Church’s 750-seat, First Phase Family Ministry Center is located. Through a mighty series of miracles, nearly $1 million of land was completely paid for in 6 months. The Second Phase Crocker Community Center was opened in September 2005!
Today about a thousand people are a part of what God is doing at Church on the Rise. We invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion!