The Life Church Story
In the Spring of 2015, God began to speak to Pastors Allen & Amy Rogers about leaving the church body that they had faithfully served in for the last 14 years, to plant a new body of believers. God spoke very clearly that this body would grow by focusing on 3 priorities; Fellowship, Relationship and Discipleship.
Life Church held its first service on January 10, 2016. This new group of believers met in a back room of Ryan's steakhouse. After a delicious breakfast buffet, Pastor Allen & Amy shared the vision God had given them of a church family that would be known for its Faith, Hope and Love.
With an initial group of about 20, Life Church met 2 weeks later in a large conference room at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Myrtle Beach. As the body began to grow, the need for a larger location was apparent. 3 months later, God blessed Life Church with its first building across from Ocean Lakes in Surfside Beach, SC. With a home to call its own, they were able to focus on the 3 priorities God had given them.
Fellowship with one another brings about Relationship. Once Relationship is built then Discipleship can take place. Life Church began hosting picnics, movies on the outside wall, game nights, running 5K's and enjoying softball leagues together.
After nearly 3 years in their first home, God miraculously opened the door for Life Church to move into Inlet Square mall. Moving from 4,000 square feet to 10,000, offered the opportunity to double down on Fellowship, Relationship and Discipleship. They were able to build 3 large classrooms for their growing children's ministry. With the establishment of Elder Pastors and a leadership team, Life Church was now ready for the future.
As bright as the future was for Life Church, the future of the mall was in question. However, God had another blessing in store for Pastors Allen, Amy and the Life Church family.
On March 1, 2020, Life Church merged with the Murrells Inlet Church of God. Pastor Allen & Amy were now, not only the pastors of the church they planted, but also the pastors of the church they grew up in.
With a new sanctuary, an existing chapel, 2 story education/office/fellowship hall and a fully operational food bank that feeds over 300 families a month, the future really is so bright that Life Church has to have shades.