About Our Church
A Brief History of Horizons
In 1996, Quint Pitts was a young pastor who had already planted and/or pastored a handful of churches throughout the course of his career in ministry. During a brief sabbatical from ministry, Pastor Quint took a personal retreat up into the WV mountains, where he prayed and fasted for 4 days, asking God to reveal the next steps in his ministry. During his retreat, God revealed to Quint a simple mission: plant 20 churches by the year 2020. Quint shared his vision with the small group bible study meeting in his living room. This bible study, 5 in number, would become the startup team for Horizons Church. Within six months, that original group of 5 would grow into a nucleus of 35 adults and 15 children who formed small groups that met around the Clarksburg area.
On March 30, 1997 (Easter Sunday), Horizons Church officially launched with a "Grand Opening" service at the Lost Creek Seventh Day Baptist Church. The church grew to the point where a second worship service was added in 1998. So in April of 2000, Horizons became a portable church and began hosting worship services at South Harrison High School.
In 2001, the church purchased a 13 acre tract from Georgia Pacific near Interstate 79 in Lost Creek, just over 100 yards from the Lost Creek SDB Church. The land was dedicated in October 2001. Then, in June of 2002, ground was broken to begin construction of a new $2.2 million church facility, which was completed in late fall 2003. Horizons held an official dedication service in the new Lost Creek facility on February 8, 2004, with an official launch on March 23, Horizons seventh anniversary.
Since the completion of the Lost Creek location, Horizons has successfully launched six satellite locations throughout the state of West Virginia, in Buckhannon, Junior, Salem, Grafton, Weston, and Gerrardstown. Today, throughout all of our locations, more than 2500 people call Horizons home.
At Horizons, our Mission is summed up in the phrase “Live to Make a Difference,” as we Worship God with all our heart, Connect with others in authentic community, and Serve God and the world.
Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19-20 to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
At Horizons, we believe that the Gospel message is for everyone, and that it is the responsibility and great honor of the Church to share that message with everyone we can. But it doesn't just stop with words. We're also commanded to act in accordance with our faith as Jesus commanded (James 1:22-27). We believe that every believer has power granted through the Holy Spirit to affect positive change in our families, spheres of influence, and communities. This requires us to make a conscious effort to know God more intimately, and to obey His calling for each of our lives.
Through the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to live our lives in a way that will make a difference in the world around us if we make it a priority Worship God as a matter of lifestyle, Connect regularly with God and with fellow believers, and Serve one another both inside and outside of the church out of love for Christ and for fellow man.
The Acts 16:9 Project
Horizons Statement of Faith
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