Horizon Baptist Church was established as a church plant of the North American Baptist Conference (specifically the NorCal region) under the leadership of the founding pastor Steve Lemke in 1994. The church began modeled after Willow Creek’s seeker sensitive approach with a core group from NAB churches in Lodi and Elk Grove.
The church first met in the living room of the Perry and Cara Morris but quickly moved to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. The church saw outreach activities as a priority and attendance increased quickly. With the help of NorCal and N.A.B., we purchased 25 acres of freeway frontage just north of Twin Cities Rd. on E. Stockton Blvd with the intent to build. The church still owns this property and sees it as a future home.
In March of 1996, Tim Stevenson came on board as the Senior Pastor. We soon outgrew the Boys’ and Girls’ club and began renting the Chabolla Center as well. We began two services in April of 98 due to further growth.
In March of 1999, Pastor Tim sensed a leading of the Holy Spirit and began meeting with John Trotter, pastor of Harvest Community Church. Not knowing where it would lead, the boards of both churches began meeting. Through much prayer, they felt God was bringing the two churches together. As one member stated, “Both were missing body parts.” and together they became stronger. Soon after, Horizon’s full name was changed to Horizon Community Church to reflect the merger.
Forced into action due to the untimely closure of the Boys and Girls Club, we purchased the Galt Bingo Hall in March 2003 and after 6 months of renovation, we began meeting at the newly named Fairway Campus in October. Almost a year later in September 2004 we celebrated our 10th
anniversary and began a third Sunday morning service to allow for continued growth.
Plans are currently in the works to add an additional campus in Lodi. We are also exploring an additional building at the Fairway Campus. As we continue to grow and go through changes, we pray that God will always lead us forward.