In September of 2004, Chris Royalty, Erin Royalty, and Joey Boykin began feeling led to start a new kind of church in the Pleasant View area: specifically, a church aimed to reach those not being reached by existing churches. During the course of several months they began asking others to pray about being a part of this new work, and near the end of '04 a group of interested people began gathering to discuss the church and ask questions. One meeting held at Pleasant View Elementary and another meeting held in the home of Stephen and Beth Carr are especially memorable. As the core group of people who would start 24church formed, they traveled to local churches to share the vision for 24church. The church was named 24church because it was located on Hwy 24 off of exit 24.
On January 2, 2005, 24Church met for its first worship service at Pleasant View Elementary school and had 69 people in attendance. The very next week they began offering a Kid’s Church and a Nursery & Preschool ministry to better minister to families. In the days that followed, no one was ready for the blessings that God began to pour out. The church continually grew, and within the first month additional ministries were started.
After a long process of trying to acquire adequate worship space, 24church moved into its current building on March 2, 2008. This provided a stable atmosphere for a church that had been mobile for over 3 years. A building also allowed 24 to create a safer, cleaner, and more creative atmosphere for its nursery, preschool, and kids ministries. In March 2009, 24 moved to two worship services so that a larger number of people could minister and be ministered to.
In the future, we hope to start additional 24church campuses, plant other churches, and continue to support other church planters as they start new churches.