Our History

Our God Story is 23+ Years in the Making

APRIL 1998: A GROUP OF 42 LAKE NORMAN-ERS FELT A NEED

The group of 42 gathered in the back room of a Huntersville bowling alley to dream and pray. Their dream? To create the opportunity to worship and continuously grow, while following Jesus more closely in a radically open and inclusive way. They wanted to create an environment to meet with friends and explore questions about God without having to pretend they had it all together or wading through a bunch of religious lingo – an alternative community that wouldn’t make assumptions about what they believed about God or knew about the Bible. The group believed that the best way to grow in our love for God is to begin a mission of loving others in Jesus’ name, and thus they began their mission to create a place “for people who’ve given up on church, but not on God.”

OCTOBER 18, 1998: LFC GOES PUBLIC

The group of Lake Norman-ers from the bowling alley, with the help (otherwise known as love, support and money) of Forest Hill Church in South Charlotte, took their first step at creating the church they had dreamed of. Lake Forest Church “went public” in a Huntersville Skating Rink; founding Pastor Mike Moses even preached under a disco ball!

A church of about 150 grew that year with the united goal of creating “a real place for real people and a real God.” Two years later, LFC moved to the Lake Norman YMCA for some extra square footage. They grew in service to the world and the community, becoming a church of around 500.

APRIL 16, 2006: DARE YOU TO MOVE

Following a successful vision and stewardship campaign called “Dare You to Move,” LFC opened its doors at its first permanent location on Gilead Road in Huntersville for Easter Services.

FALL 2010: LOVE TO THE TENTH POWER

LFC’s next vision campaign, Love10 (love to the tenth power) solidified the church’s vision of God’s commandment in Acts 1:8 and saw the body move as one towards the common goals of one more person, one more church, one more neighborhood and one more leader.

2011: ROOM TO GROW

LFC-Huntersville made space for 250 additional guests by adding seats to the balcony and building a multi-purpose building, “The Box,” for children, youth and special events.

AUGUST 21, 2011: THE FIRST BABY CHURCH IS BORN IN DAVIDSON

Lake Forest Church-Davidson held its first worship service at Davidson Elementary School, and LFC began a new chapter as one church in two locations.

Soon, there was a calling to reach people of the west side of Lake Norman.

FEBRUARY 2, 2014: BABY CHURCH #2 OPENS IN DENVER/WESTLAKE

LFC-WestLake launches at Lincoln Charter Elementary School in Denver, NC.

2018: IMMEASURABLY MORE

Unified, sacrificial and generous giving to the Immeasurably More Vision allows Lake Forest-Huntersville to open an expanded lobby and partner with a local, independent coffee shop to create a public gathering/work space. Funds are also used to seed a preschool – The Learning Tree at Lake Forest – which opened to 75 students in September 2018.

Lake Forest-WestLake’s Immeasurably More vision to become permanent stakeholders in the Denver community is fully funded and 42 acres of land are purchased for the site of a future church build.

2019: LAKE FOREST-DAVIDSON “ROOTED” VISION ANNOUNCED

For the past several years, LFCD elders and a small team of professionals within the congregation have been conducting a search for a permanent church home in Davidson. This has been a season of waiting and praying for the Lord’s perfect timing and provision.
Currently, the church is in a due diligence period on a four-acre piece of land on South Main St in Davidson. With multiple building stories (required by ordinance) and shared parking agreements, LFCD can build a home that can serve for generations as a vibrant tool for ministry. Through their current vision and stewardship series called ROOTED, the LFCD is uniting to make the financial piece of this dream possible.

2019: EL BUEN SAMARITANO – IGLESIA LAKE FOREST LAUNCHES

A new LFC Church for the Spanish-speaking community in our area launched on Sunday, September 8 in Huntersville’s Huntington Green Community. Pastor Victor Leal serves as Teaching Pastor.

Fall 2020: UCity HERE WE COME

Terrell Huntley is hired as our church planting pastor for a new LFC Church in the University City-area of North Charlotte. Expected launch date of October 2021.

TODAY: THE LFC FAMILY OF CHURCHES PLANS FOR WHAT’S NEXT

LFC’s short history shows that this journey is about trusting God to do something truly unique and meaningful in and through imperfect people. God has allowed Lake Forest Church to grow tremendously, but the goal was never size. The goal always was, and continues to be, based upon the ideas of authentic community, learning the Scriptures, honest conversation, serving those in need, and exploring the question “Where is God taking us next?”