On May 30th, 1999, Tim Horton, the founding pastor of Spirit of Faith Family Church and friend of Pastor Jay Eberly, stood before a small gathering of individuals in a small leased meeting room on J Street SW in Cedar Rapids Iowa. The room had formerly been the home of the famous Duffy's Restaurant. There, a vision was shared along with the Word of God. On that day, Spirit of Faith Family Church was born.
On May 26th, 2002, Pastor Horton moved his family to Arkansas to pioneer another church, and Pastors Jay and Debbie Eberly began pastoring Spirit of Faith Family Church. Soon a vision was laid before the congregation for several new goals, including a new church facility.
By May of 2003, church attendance had grown to over 180 people cramped into that small space. After much prayer, effort and corporate sacrifice, the church's location was moved to a new purchased facility at 4070 22nd Ave. SW, which is the church's current home. The move expanded the church's capacity to minister to more people.
Currently, over 265 individuals from all over Eastern Iowa call Spirit of Faith Family Church their home church. Our most accurate estimate is that we have seen over 1200 people come to Christ through the church's outreaches. Countless more lives have been impacted in various ways through many outreaches, events and special meetings.
The Vision articulated by Pastor Jay Eberly has changed very little in the many intervening years. Many parts of it have been realized. Other parts are now coming into manifestation. Much remains to be prayed out and walked out.
At the core of that vision is a heart to reach the Eastern Iowa region from Washington to Waterloo and from Marshalltown to the Mississippi with the life-transforming love of Jesus Christ. It's a vision to raise up a body of believers 1200 strong. It's a vision to reach the next generation of children and young people through children's crusades, bus ministry, Saturday Sunday Schools, youth camps, campus ministry, etc.
It's a vision to develop a strong church base that has the ability to launch outreaches and missionary work around the world. It's a vision to do all these things with a high standard of excellence, and it's a vision that more and more individuals are making their own by becoming a part of the exciting and close-knit family at Spirit of Faith Family Church.