Sunday, Jan 3, 2016
Mission USA is partnering with South Mountain Community Church (SMCC), Draper, Utah, and the Pacific District Conference (PDC) to plant a new SMCC campus in Lehi, Utah.
Eric and Carrisa Nelson have been selected as the church planting couple for this new congregation. They moved from the Pacific Northwest to join the SMCC team in May 2015.
Paul Robie, pastor of SMCC, notes that church planting is particularly difficult in Utah County, the least “churched” county in the U.S. Fewer than 1 percent of the county’s 560,974 people are evangelical in affiliation.
"As with all of our church plants, this new plant in Lehi is an exciting thing to be a part of,” says Don Morris, director of Mission USA. “This church plant is the result of 20 years of our involvement in Utah as SMCC continues to reach people and continues to expand its influence for Christ in this largely unreached region.”
Mission USA had major role in establishing SMCC’s main campus in 1996, as well as their campuses in South Jordan and St. George, Utah. Mission USA also partnered in planting Shadow Mountain Church, a daughter church of SMCC, and New Hope Church, now defunct, and is a partner in planting The Greenhouse, Saratoga Springs, Utah.
Morris says, “It’s a good thing to partner once again with Paul (Robie), SMCC and the PDC for Kingdom growth in Utah.”
Gary Wall, the district minister for the PDC, says, “We continue to appreciate and value what the Lord is accomplishing through the ministry of South Mountain Community Church. Their strategic commitment of investing in satellite campuses to reach more people is worthy of our strong support. It is a joyful privilege for the PDC to be a partner in this new initiative in Utah County.”
If you are interested in more about this new church plant in Utah Valley, please enjoy this video clip.
Watch one story of baptism out of 12 experienced in the first six months of planting the SMCC church in Lehi, Utah
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