Mark and Kristy Ford know how difficult it is to start something from nothing, but they have seen it happen before and their faith in God’s provision is strong.
Mark and Kristy previously planted a church in Missouri, which is still going strong. They stayed with that church from conception to maturity, almost 12 years. When God said “Leave it to the man who will come after you,” Mark and Kristy moved to Longview, Washington, where Mark has served for almost five years as Lead Pastor of a vibrant and growing church, now with about 500 regular attenders. Mark has enjoyed his time with multiple staff members, an incredible facility and all the resources a large established church affords, but recently has heard the call of God to leave it all behind and start over from scratch to plant a church in Ridgefield (the fastest growing community in Washington). After searching for a planter to support for some time, Mark finally said, “If not me, then who?” Beyond this, God spoke clearly to Mark and Kristy through His Word and in prayer, and they have realized that the constant nudge to plant again is not going away, because God is calling.