The GENESIS Story
History is important because it enables people to look back and not only learn from where they’ve come from, but appreciate those that have gone before them to bring them to where they are. When one considers the history of GENESIS, they will see that it started as a group of young adults who gathered weekly for a time of Bible study, prayer, and relationship building in the summer of 2005. For the better part of a year, this small community of eight people was faithful to meet weekly and seek the Lord as to what He had in mind for their community in the days to come. In the spring of 2006, this small group experienced some new growth when it began a series entitled Got Questions.
It became clear that the living room in which we met would no longer be sufficient for the 25+ people that were gathering each week. Over the next few months, we began asking how God might use this growing community to reach other young adults in the Greater-Boston area with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The answer to that prayer was the formation of what is now known as the GENESIS community.
We held our first public worship gathering on January 7, 2007 in the basement of Hope Christian Church in Winchester. There were 35 people at our first gathering, but the community quickly grew to roughly a hundred young adults by the fall of 2007. It was at this point that we began to ask the Lord another question: might God be calling GENESIS to establish itself as a new church in the Greater-Boston area? The GENESIS community, alongside the elders of Hope Christian church, began a 20 month long journey of seeking to discern God’s call on the GENESIS community. It was with great joy that the elders alongside Michael Davis, the elder for GENESIS, announced to the GENESIS Community on Sunday, March 22, 2009 that God had called GENESIS to be established as an independent church. This announcement was met with great joy and celebration.
On September 1, 2009, GENESIS officially began its journey as a new church in Woburn, MA. On Sunday, September 13, 2009, Hope Christian Church, located in Winchester, MA, held a special commissioning and sending service for GENESIS. The GENESIS Community is blessed and grateful to have Hope Christian Church serve as our sending church. It is and will remain to be a humbling reality that God would desire to use the GENESIS community to help build God’s Kingdom here in New England.
GENESIS held its first, and what turned out to be unique, worship gathering at 16 Wheeling Avenue in Woburn, MA on Sunday, September 27, 2009. It was unique in that the worship gathering took place in the parking lot because we had not yet received the necessary permits to obtain building occupancy. After two parking lot gatherings, GENESIS opened her doors on Sunday, October 11, 2009.
Prior to launching GENESIS, there were a few men who had expressed a call towards serving Jesus and GENESIS as Elders and Deacons. After a lengthy discernment process which included much study, training, equipping, character assessment, and hands-on experience in shepherding, Paul Flemming and Zach Wiernicki were installed as elders, and Jon Bandi, Kenton Eash, Mike Costa, and YiFeng You were installed as deacons.
After gathering at 16 Wheeling Ave for nearly four years, by the grace of God, GENESIS relocated to a new, larger space just a short distance down the road in Woburn. After an intense 48 days of renovation, GENESIS held its first worship gathering at 35 Olympia Ave on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013.
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, GENESIS celebrated its five year anniversary. It was a powerful day of celebrating all that God has done in our midst in five short years. Countless lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ at work in our midst.
The GENESIS Community has seen a lot of change and transformation over the years, but one thing has remained constant and by God’s grace will remain unchanging is that we will be a community that loves Jesus Christ and loves our neighbor. We will be a community that lives for His name and His renown because that was and is and will always be the desire of our hearts as we move forward into the future to which God has called us.
As we look towards what lies ahead, we are fully confident... “that He who began a good work in you(us) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)