History of The Naz
The Grove City Church of the Nazarene was organized July 7, 1963. The first congregation met in Kingston Avenue Elementary School under the leadership of Rev. Dale Galloway. There were 21 charter members who joined that day. In the fall of 1963, the church constructed a chapel and educational wing on Columbus Street. Two years later, additional educational space was added.
Wayne Sharpes became pastor of the church.
Jerry Lambert became pastor of the church.
In August of 1979, a new sanctuary was completed, adding 6,772 square feet of space to the facility on Columbus Street.
Rev. Curtis Lewis, Jr. came to pastor at GCCN. Under his leadership, the church purchased property on Hoover Road with plans to relocate the church and build new facilities.
Rev. Herbert Rogers served as pastor from 1983-1989. Rev. Rogers was instrumental in relocating the church from Columbus Street to Hoover Road. He oversaw the building of the new multipurpose building, which served as our worship center until 1998.
Rev. Bob Huffaker served as pastor from 1989-2005. During his leadership, the church grew from 600 to over 3,000 in average attendance with over 4,000 people calling Grove City Nazarene their church home.
Dr. Mark Fuller has served as our lead pastor since 2005. After positioning the church to engage the contemporary culture, under his guidance a new generation of leaders is responding to Christ's call to reach the 89% of Columbus who are unchurched through a vision of multiple campuses meeting at multiple times, impacting multiple generations.
Rev. Dale Benson became pastor of the church.