Meet Paramount Church, Columbus, Ohio
Your name: Rush Witt Your spouse and children’s names: Wife - Kathryn. Children - Hannah, Sophia, Josiah, Ezra, and Ella Grace. Name of all members on your church planting team: Pastors - Kevin King and Rush Witt; Pastors in Training: Isaac Barton and Josh Rosentreter (and our wives/children), Interns - Amy Hartmann and Drew Askew Name of your church plant: Paramount Church Location of church plant: Columbus, Ohio Date church was planted: Launch - February 2013 Name of partnering church(es): Open Door, Grace Baptist Somerset (KY), First Baptist Jacksonville (FL), First Baptist Owensboro (KY), First Baptist Woodstock (GA), LifePoint Church (Columbus).
What are the reasons you decided to plant a church in your city? Within the NACPF vision of planting churches in key underserved areas of the country, we found Columbus, Ohio a wise home for a church plant in the Ohio region. Furthermore, the center of our target area is Bexley, Ohio, an historic enclave of Columbus, seated five miles from downtown.
What have you seen the Lord do in and through your church plant so far? We have seen slow, but faithful growth in the depth and breadth of our church. The Lord has been faithful to open doors for the gospel among our Jewish, Catholic, and unchurched neighbors. We have also enjoyed many opportunities to serve our community through volunteerism, the offer of free certified counseling, as well as community outreach opportunities.
What do you hope to see the Lord do in and through your church plant in the future? We want to see Paramount grow in depth and in number. We believe growing in both of these ways will enable us to do more work for the gospel by strengthening the ministries of our church, as well as sending out future church planting teams.
What advice do you have for future church planters? The importance of a strong team, and faithful "sending church" cannot be overstated. Planting a new church in a needful area has a myriad of inherent challenges. Those challenges are exponentially compounded by trouble within the initial church planting team or when lacking the necessary encouragement, accountability, and support only a healthy sending church can provide. We encourage anyone interested in church planting to contact NACPF to discuss how partnering in the gospel may be a key to success.
What else would you like to share with the readers of our blog? Church plants need your help. Everyone - individuals, churches, pastors, etc - everyone can play a role in the starting and sustaining of healthy new churches.