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Our Story

Our Story

The Journey Church (TJC) officially launched in October of 2007, but our story has been in the making for much longer than that.

You will immediately see that we gather in a building that is more than 100 years old. Nestled among the town homes of the borough and originally built as a home for Westminster Presbyterian Church, the building became home to a new congregation—Emmanuel Baptist Church—when Westminster moved to their new facility south of West Chester.

Over the course of nearly two decades, that church plant launched, grew and then reinvented itself as West Chester Community Fellowship as it attempted to reach the community and sustain growth and care for the aging building. Sadly, WCCF voted to close its doors in 2006.

But that is just the beginning of the story—our story.

Rather than pawn the facility off to the highest bidder, WCCF chose instead to give the building and all existing assets to Riverside Community Church, a young but thriving church that met in a movie theater in the Horsham, PA area. That gift led to The Journey Church being planted in West Chester after the building sat dormant for a year.

In the brief existence of this church, the guiding mission and vision have remained intact as we strive to be a place where people will encounter Christ by experiencing community and existing for others.

We are thrilled at the opportunity God has given us to impact West Chester with the gospel of Jesus. We remain just as excited to invite you to join us in that mission of meeting people where they are and bringing them into a relationship with Jesus Christ.