People Investing in People for Eternity
Come, Grow, Go
Orchard Hills Church is focused on seeing God’s Kingdom grow here on earth through the making of disciples (people who live, love and lead like Jesus) and planting (starting) new churches that share that same purpose. We have been affiliated with the Anglican Church in Rwanda since our founding and continue to maintain that relationship. We have learned a great deal from them as it relates to being missional. For example, their typical ordained pastor oversees four or more churches. The church is growing so fast that they are struggling to keep up with the demand for theologically trained leaders. Honestly, that is exciting to us and we want to be a part of a movement of God like that.
Along with the practical lessons we are learning we also receive great spiritual guidance from them. They have lived through multiple genocides, the latest being the genocide of 1994 when approximately one million of their people were murdered by their fellow countrymen. Despite this horrific tragedy, they have exhibited the power of forgiveness in ways we hope we in the US never have to experience. Their practical application of biblical truth along with their grounding in the historic, biblical faith of the Anglican Church have been an amazing blessing to us over the years.
Orchard Hills also enjoys relationships with other like-minded, gospel-centered churches in the US through its partnership with the Christ Together Network. As Christ Together, we are seeing faithful leaders and churches partner together to see the whole Church bring the whole Gospel to the whole Nation. We are churches and kingdom leaders, networks and denominations, and we desire to serve churches and their leaders through providing a way for THE CHURCH to join God on His mission. We initiate conversations and create environments for kingdom leaders to pray, learn, strategize and act in concert with God’s mission in their community, town, city or region.
The vision for Orchard Hills Church (OHC) was birthed by the leadership team at Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS) in Roanoke, Virginia in 1997. This vision became a reality in January 2003 as 49 adults and 42 children from CHS moved to Botetourt and began meeting at their current facility. Since that time the church has experienced steady growth and helped to plant seven other churches in the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg, Rockbridge County and Yorktown.
Along with planting other churches we have seen our facility grow as well. We completed a 16,000 square foot children’s and youth building that is simply amazing and houses the Orchard Hills Day School and Orchard Hills Achievement Center. The next phase will be a new sanctuary that seats 800 people along with a commercial kitchen and large common area.