In early 1995, the leadership team at Whitehall Church of the Nazarene in Whitehall, Ohio sensed God’s call to plant a sister church. As the vision was cast and as church members began to pray for God’s direction, it came time for many to make decisions. On January 21, 1996, many Whitehall members followed the leading of the Holy Spirit. Together, they committed to be founding members of Dayspring Nazarene Ministries, now known as Dayspring Community Church Church of the Nazarene. For more than two years, Dayspring met in various facilities (including the Canine Dog Kennel in Groveport) before our we were blessed to move into our current facility on November 8, 1998.
Since that time, Dayspring has been blessed to build a stronger community where people love God and love others. Our Christian Childcare Center opened in 1997 to serve the needs of a working community. In 2001 Dayspring opened a Food Pantry which served a handful of people. Now, the Pantry routinely serves hundreds of people a month and close to 5,000 people each year. We continue to partner with people and organizations in our community who share our desire to see the community transformed.
Today, God has instilled in us a new vision. Our mission, to help people live like Christ in their homes and communities, hasn’t changed but the way we are going about it has. When we first opened our doors on Brice Road the community was little more than a handful of neighborhoods and plenty of corn fields. Now, Canal Winchester has grown to include multiple diverse people groups of differing ethnicities, economic levels, family types, and so much more. Recognizing this, our vision is to become a diverse church for a diverse community. Our hope it to be the kind of church where our community will feel at home.
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