Church Planting

At First Pres we are involved in church planting in Michigan and around the world. We believe that church planting is an essential way that the gospel is taken to our communities. We seek to apply our vision to MAKE, MATURE, and MULTIPLY disciples to our church planting endeavors as well. Contact us if you'd like to find out how you can get involved.

MAKING an investment

As members of Acts 29, we support several church plants financially; both in Michigan and overseas.

Restore Church

Detroit, MI

Pastors Mike Hanafee and Clete Bontrager  moved from Portland, OR to plant Restore Church in Detroit in 2010. Since then they have been joined by Charles Bovan.

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Cornerstone Church

Detroit, MI

Pastor Tyler St.Clair grew up on the west side of Detroit and has a strong desire for the people of his city to come to know and serve Christ. Cornerstone Church was planted in 2016.

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New Life Church

Middlesbrough, England

Pastor Ian Williamson is planting in the council estates (government housing) of Middlesbrough.

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Merkinch Free Church

Inverness, Scotland

Pastor Chris Davidson is planting Merkinch Free Church in Inverness, Scotland.

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MATURING planters

Our church planting residency is a 2-3 year program in which planters are prepared to be sent out to their chosen location. Planters meet regularly with other church planters in the area and are given extensive theological and practical training.

Church Planting Residents

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Jim Mong

2015

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Brian Evans

2015-2016

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Jason Aaron

2017-2018

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Josh Speyers

2018-2019

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Chris Caldwell

2019-present

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Jeremy Roth

2020-present

MULTIPLYING churches

We have helped several of our residents plant and continue to support them as they minister in their various contexts.

Redeemer A2

Ann Arbor, MI
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5point7 Community Church

Detroit, MI
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Outpost Community Church

Monroe, MI
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Abundant Mercy Church

Detroit, MI
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