This month, a former Belgium church will be reopening its doors with a fresh new interior and a new pastor at its helm. The newly renamed Belgium Community Church, a Christian and Missionary Alliance church located at 280 Lakeview Drive, will host its first official service Sunday, February 18th at 10:15 am with additional kick-off services February 25th and March 4th. Pastor Joe Radosevich is excited to reopen after spending the last several months seeing the church through its renovations, meeting the people of Belgium, and learning their stories.
The story of Belgium Community Church began in the mid-1990s when it opened as Alliance Community Bible Church. Years later, after the name changed to New Season Community Church, and a period of decline, its members voted to closed in 2016 with the goal of reopening with a new pastor and renovated building.
They open this month with an open invitation to anyone and everyone- all are welcome to join them in worship.
“We believe that God loves Belgium, so we are committed to loving Belgium,” explains Pastor Radosevich. “Our vision is to engage every person with the words, works, and heart of Jesus and to cultivate the work that God is doing. We are committed to doing that in this town.”
Renovation plans were designed with the end goal of having the building be both family- and community-friendly. Visitors enter the church into a relaxed, coffee shop-style lobby. A large, wooden map of the world adorns the walls, pinpointing places the church supports missionaries or is focusing their prayers at that time. Funky wooden high top tables and comfy leather couches allow for fellowship and conversation. A new and modern sanctuary, several new children’s rooms, and new bathrooms were also part of the redesign.
Pastor Joe, his wife Emma, and their five small children (ages 2 months to 8 years) come to us from Louisville, Kentucky. Joe is originally from Oklahoma, and Emma from Illinois. They met ten years ago through a mutual friend who told them both she knew the person they would marry, and they were married within the year. Joe has been involved in various ministries and churches for 12 years and trained for ministry at Southern Seminary. Joe grows his own jalepenos, and Emma still loves Monopoly. In addition to getting the new church up and running, Joe has recently taken on the role of Vice-President of the Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce as well.
The Radosevich Family and people of the Belgium Community Church look forward to meeting you soon. More information can be found at belgiumchurch.com, or on its facebook page, which is regularly updated with resources and encouragement through videos, podcasts and readings.