“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7
In 2008 two families began praying about starting a new church in the small, southern town of Fountain Inn, SC. This dream would turn into a reality in January of 2009. The goal was never to start another church for people to sit to hear preaching and stand to sing songs. The idea of this new church was to be a catalyst for Gospel Multiplication in our city and around the globe. This Gospel Multiplication wouldn’t happen just because of a service but releasing ordinary everyday followers of Jesus into the world as missionaries where they work, live and play.
Capstone Church is AUTHENTIC in who we are and RELEVANT in what
we do, so that Christ can TRANSFORM lives and IMPACT a city.
In January of 2009 we launched with this simple mission statement at the Fountain Inn Activity Center. We wanted to create a community of authenticity and an environment that was relevant to people around us. We felt like if we could do that we would create space and relationships that would be open to not only hearing what Christ had done for the world, but to equip people to go put the Gospel on display for the world around them.
After only four months at the Activity Center, Capstone outgrew the children’s area. This lack of space caused us to look for a larger area and in April of 2009, Capstone held its first Easter service in a 20,000 sq ft storefront along Interstate 385. This would be the home of Capstone for the first five years. In those five years Capstone began a partnership with Hope Vision Ministry in Port de Paix, Haiti. Capstone and Pastor Andy of Hope Vision Ministry came alongside the people of Haiti to help plant churches, evangelize and care for the orphaned and abandoned children at the Hope Vision Children’s Home. Capstone also cast the vision for an after school and mentoring program for the community. This vision for our city was born in 2013 and become its own 501(c)3 called the Fountain Inn Kid Enrichment (FIKE) Center.
Capstone always wanted to be a church plant that plants churches. In 2013 Capstone’s first church plant, Heritage Fellowship, launched in a small town twenty minutes down the road in Clinton, SC. Capstone has recently made plans to begin a 10 year church plant partnership through the Greenville Baptist Association to encourage existing church plants in the Boston area and plant 3 new churches in New England.
In 2014, Capstone began to pray for a struggling 100 year old church in the city of Fountain Inn. During that year, the Lord planted a seed of hope in the small congregation of Fairview Street Baptist Church, with the idea of merging into Capstone. In September of 2014, Fairview Street Baptist Church merged into Capstone Church and these two churches became one. The slogan of this merger was: Two families coming together under the banner of Capstone, under the roof of Fairview Street.
Since the merger, Capstone has increased in its attendance, giving, and most importantly, its ability to see gospel transformation happen in the city of Fountain Inn. The vision in the next 5 years is to build an addition on the property at Fairview Street that will help transform the campus into a Community Center for the city. Capstone believes that every community should see churches as assets, not liabilities, in the city. We are hoping to create a place that the city recognizes as a home for the hurting, a refuge for the needy, a building block in the community, and light for the darkness.
Capstone believes her greatest days are ahead.