In 1996, Quint Pitts, a young pastor who had already planted and/or pastored a handful of churches throughout the course of his career in ministry, was experiencing a stale patch in his ministry which was causing discouragement for him and his young family. One day, Pastor Quint took a personal retreat up into the WV mountains, where he prayed and fasted for 4 days, asking God to reveal His plan for his life. During his retreat, God revealed to Quint a simple mission: plant 20 churches by the year 2020. Quint came down from the mountains and 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. Throughout 1997, Horizons maintained an average worship attendance of 63 people.
In 1998, our average attendance nearly doubled to 118 people filling the sanctuary on Sunday mornings causing us to add a second worship service to accommodate the crowds.This relieved some pressure, but we once again found ourselves running out of room. So in April of 2000 we moved our worship services to South Harrison High School. This was an answer to prayer and gave us plenty of room, but it also brought some challenges, as we became a portable church.
Each Sunday morning pastors and volunteers arrived early to set up classrooms, nursery, sound equipment, video equipment, and all of the instruments. At the end of service everything was dismantled and put in storage containers.
During this time of change and growth we were moving towards the dream of having a facility of our own. Through the Possessing the Land stewardship campaign we were able to raise the funds to purchase land. In 2001 we bought a 13 acre tract from Georgia Pacific near Interstate 79 in Lost Creek, just over 100 yards from where we first launched. We dedicated that land to God’s purposes and planted a large cross on the property in October 2001.
In November 2001 we launched the Stepping Towards Tomorrow Campaign to raise funds to build the first phase of our new facility. The campaign was a great success and we were ready to begin developing construction plans.
In June of 2002 the site preparation began while the Building Team worked with the architect and contractors on the details and design of the new $2.2 million edifice.
In October of 2002 the structural steel was delivered and the building construction began. We finally moved into our new home with a dedication service on February 8, 2004.
Six weeks later on March 23, (Horizons seventh anniversary) we celebrated the building’s Grand Opening with 909 people in attendance. A few weeks later we set a new record worship attendance as 1,216 people worshipped with us during three Easter services. The following Easter, we set a new record attendance of 1,461.
In September of 2005 we launched our first video campus in Fairmont (now closed).
In June of 2007 we launched our Buckhannon Campus.
In October of 2013 we launched our Barbour County Campus.
In April of 2014 (Easter Sunday) we launched our Salem Campus.
In March of 2015 we launched our Grafton Campus.
In October of 2015 we launched our Lewis County Campus.
We continue to see God’s blessings throughout the various ministries of the church. In 2015, more than 2500 people across 6 campuses call Horizons home.
Future plans include the expansion of satellite campuses throughout the region, including a robust online campus to reach more people with the Gospel.