We exist for the Fame of Jesus and the Glory of God. Our passion is to glorify God by making Fervent Disciples of Jesus Christ. We will preach Jesus boldly, pray fervently, worship God passionately, witness courageously and love radically.
We sense with remarkable clarity God’s leading to start a church in the East Colorado Springs/Falcon area. Answering this call has allowed us to witness countless confirmations. Over the years, we have seen souls redeemed, countless lives changed, hearts made new, relationships rebuilt, and the broken restored, all through the ministry of the local church. There are millions of Americans waiting to be awakened to the purpose for which they were created, and believe Jesus’ Church is the means. Those far from God accept His mercy and grace, moving from lost to leader and abandoning everything to pursue Gods fullness for their lives. We long for God to accomplish the same through the people of this new local body of believers.
Garrett and bethany
I grew up in the Church, baptized in junior high. Yet during my last two years of high school, I willingly turned my back on the faith of my childhood. In the late 90’s, Jesus salvaged me from a lifestyle of partying and self-destruction. When I was quite literally at the end of myself, He stepped in and rescued me.
Within a few months of this kindness of God, I started Bible College, eventually took a position as an assistant pastor in a San Diego Mega Church and then got promoted to the Director of Festivals of Mexico and Eastern Europe (Festivals were large evangelistic events). In generous answer to my prayers for a godly wife, God brought me Bethany, who is not only beautiful to behold, but also has the most loving, giving heart of anyone I’ve ever met. Her zeal for God and willingness to pursue whatever He asks of her continues to inspire me today. We now have eight children: Phinehas 13, Evangeline 11, Ginger 9, Azariah 7, Peaches 5, Geiselle 4, Mercy 2, and our newest addition, Sparrow, 3 months.
I’ve been honored to serve the Lord by heading up global evangelistic crusades and festivals in various places around the globe, learning to work with and support local churches as we reached those hungry for Him in Eastern Europe, Mexico, North Dakota, California, and Idaho. I have managed an amazing staff of dozens, and worked in tandem with hundreds of pastors and thousands of volunteers.
In 2009, God called us to plant a church in the tiny town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. While it wasn’t the bustling college town I had anticipated serving, I had the privilege of being part of the extraordinary work God would do in a sleepy little community of 2300 in a county of 10,000. In less than two years God had granted a regular Sunday attendance exceeding 500 people, eventually swelling to over 750 (many drove an hour or more to participate, even from Canada). Out of that initial plant, we launched a satellite campus 35 miles away, which has since grown to a self-sustaining church body. We have helped send out teams and church planters that have planted churches in Sandpoint, Idaho and Williston, North Dakota. We also replanted a failing church in Laramie, Wyoming, and partnered with a church in Montana. We have also trained and sent a family as they followed their God-given passion to plant a church in Mongolia.
In 2017, Bethany and I sensed God moving us from Bonners Ferry. We turned the church over to a man who’d grown from lost to leader within our body. We now endeavor to plant in the east Colorado Springs/Falcon area.
I love what Jesus loves: His beautiful Bride, the Church. Church planting is my passion and my mission. I find myself fueled by moving into an area, reaching the lost for Christ while developing them into disciples and passionate, equipped leaders. The calling God has placed on my life is to share His love and mercy—the Gospel—witnessing His profound power to save, His miracles in transforming lives, His healing of the broken, and His faithful restoration of relationships. I believe this is truly what His Church is all about.
Chris and Tavia
Chris has a deep passion for planting churches, teaching, and building up men who will serve the Lord whole-heartedly. Seven years ago, he was involved with planting in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. There he served on the launch team and in many areas of the church (Assimilation, Setup Crew, Sunday School Teacher, Parking Lot attendee, Membership team, Youth Leader). God was faithful to teach him so much about His Church and he learned many things in this season, but the biggest things Chris took away were a love for planting churches and teaching God’s Word.
Over the past five years, Chris, his wife Tavia, and their daughter Selah (2), have been traveling from Colorado Springs to serve at BRAVE Church in Denver. Chris, along with the small group he leads, has been praying diligently with a fervent desire to plant a Fervent Church in the Colorado Springs area. He has loved serving Jesus’ Church as a Fervent Kids teacher, ushering in service and leading a growing Fervent Group. He is currently in BRAVE Seminary and completing an internship with BRAVE Church, Denver, with the plan to grow in his effectiveness in ministry and teaching and some day plant a church of his own.
Chris shares his heart for the youth, “I love the passion of the youth and am super excited to see kids and teenagers grow in their love for Christ, and learn how to use the gifts that God has given them to advance God’s kingdom. I also look forward to discipling young families to become all they can be for Christ!”
Be part of the launch team
Church planting is taxing and time consuming. Which is why we are eager to add many fervent, faithful followers to the launch team. Please consider using your God-given gifts to launch this church!