Why Freshwater Community Church?
Our ultimate goal is simple: to help people encounter God.
Freshwater Church has called Wadsworth, Ohio home for more than 80 years after first opening its doors to the community in 1932. Located 45 minutes south of downtown Cleveland and 20 minutes west of downtown Akron (depending on who is driving, of course), Freshwater has a deep conviction that people are yearning to connect with God, to know Him, so our ultimate goal is simple: to help people encounter Him. Time and again, we hear comments about how real the presence of God is during our services, and wherever the living God is present, powerful ministry follows. We have moved away from printing an order of service each week because we’ve found when God shows up, all our plans get blown up anyway, and we also don’t tell people when to stand or sit. Some are “standers” and some are “sitters,” and it just doesn’t matter because when God is there, He will tell people what to do.
Convinced that every person matters and needs to be transformed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we exist to be a Spirit-led body of believers in which the presence of God is fresh and alive, restores life, brings healing and produces growth to those in the church and around the world.
Ezekiel 47 talks about God’s freshwater (a metaphor of His presence) flowing in the temple and then overflowing into the desert places and the dead sea. Everywhere the freshwater flowed it brought life, healing, food and transformation. This is the vision we believe God has given our church.
Prayer defines who we are and what we do. As a Spirit-led church, we are fully committed to the Word of God as the foundation for life and ministry as we seek to cultivate authentic relationships and minister to a person’s spiritual, physical and emotional needs while leading them to freedom in Christ.
The Crew: Men's Ministry
WOW: Women of Freshwater
Our desire is to bring women of all walks of life together to experience Jesus’ love and transforming power so they can be encouraged in their spiritual growth and discover all that God created them to be. Learn More…
We are about joining teenagers and their families on their spiritual journey, a journey towards glorifying God by knowing Him and making Him known. To do that, we offer several gatherings and events throughout the year all designed to focus on Living UP, Living IN and Living OUT. Learn More…
At Freshwater, we love kids! Our desire is to provide a fun, safe environment where kids ages infant through 6th grade can learn, worship and grow in their relationship with Jesus. Our classes and activities are all centered on Biblical truth, with curriculum that is both age-appropriate and engaging. Learn More…
One of the best ways to get involved in the Freshwater family is to join a Community Group. These groups, which are comprised of 5-7 singles, couples or families, meet regularly to fellowship and dig deeper into God’s word. Groups are always forming. Learn More…