In 2013, ReClaim Church launched at the Cinemark Theater in Barboursville, West Virginia. What started out as a youth ministry at First Wesleyan Church in nearby Huntington, was to become a new West Virginia church plant.
Communicating the gospel to people has always been our first priority, prompting us to take many mission trips to aid the Navajo people, the homeless near and far, and the needy in our neighborhoods. This is the heartbeat behind God’s calling for us: to plant a missional church with a heart for people.
Our vision is: “To see lives changed, by restoring community through the love of Christ.” We do this by loving Christ, loving others, and loving mercy (Micah 6:8). These three pillars lay the foundation for our vision. We saw our world drowning in sin and wanted to show people in our community how to “reclaim” their lives and families through Christ.
There was an elderly man who had been around church his whole life, but never felt he measured up to God’s standards. As we prayed with him in his home, God opened his heart and he received the grace of salvation for the first time, at 88 years of age. He was baptized during the very first baptism service at ReClaim Church.
God has given us an impact in our local community, but recently we also began partnering with La Cima (Wesleyan church plant) in El Salvador. We have been able to aid them through sending mission teams there, but the encouragement has been mutual.
Now God has given us a ministry location on the main street of our city, the perfect place for us to continue launching our vision for Barbourville. We have prayed that God would help us to be faithful and fruitful in expanding the gospel in our world, and he is answering. (Acts 1:8).
Pastor Corey Adkins serves as pastor or ReClaim Church.