Shades Valley Community Church’s story has been 20 years in the making and is filled with accounts of God’s faithfulness in spite of our foibles! We have been blessed to see just how much the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, as his grace continues to take root, grow, and abound among us!
SVCC was birthed in October of 1991 out of a small group of people led by Mark Wadley (founding pastor) in Homewood. In 1993, Mike Garrigan became the pastor of this nomadic congregation as it met in several locations around the city. Though our members and participants come from all parts of the metro area there has been a strong conviction, since locating in West Homewood in 1997, that this is the area of the city to which we are called. In November of 2006, after a great deal of prayer, sweat, and no shortage of miracles, we finally settled into our current home at 160 Oxmoor Road. After 18 years of faithful service, Mike Garrigan retired from pastoring SVCC and in February of 2012, Jonathan Haefs took the reins as our new lead pastor. However, Mike and Jonathan would both tell you that SVCC has never been a church that lives or dies based on its pastor’s personality but is truly a body of priests, with each person’s gifts being valued and utilized. Our desire is to continue living and speaking the gospel in West Homewood and all the way to the ends of the earth.
We are affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America which is an association of some 1,322 churches (and 170 church plants) united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. As such we are committed to cooperating with one another in ministry and fellowship as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission which Christ gave to His Church. The growing ministry of the EFCA currently extends to over 80 countries of the world through 563 missionaries.
The term Evangelical refers to our commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel and to the authority of Scriptures as God’s inspired, inerrant Word which is the only sufficient guide to our faith and practice.
The term Free refers to the autonomy of each local congregation and it’s freedom to govern it’s own affairs.