THE HISTORY OF RENAISSANCE
Renaissance began with a small group of families who had a heart to reach their friends and neighbors with the good news of Jesus Christ.
After meeting with a church planting consultant, they took a leap of faith and started a church. That first group of families grew, hired a pastor and worship pastor, and secured office space for a headquarters. Still without a place to hold services, they met where they could and transported everything by trailer.
Renaissance had its first public service on Easter Sunday in 2001 at Millburn High School. From there we moved to Central Presbyterian Church, then to Millburn Middle School.
In 2004, Renaissance settled into our first permanent home – the Summit Opera House. The Opera House was an historic location used by Thomas Edison to screen his early moving pictures, as a temperance hall during Prohibition. Together, the Renaissance community transformed the old building into a state-of-the-art, modern church.
With a culturally relevant way to encounter God now available, the Summit community responded and Renaissance grew quickly. The team continued to be dedicated to reaching people by creating music albums, throwing parties, and having concerts (the Christmas Concert has become the “Can’t Miss” event of the season!).
Renaissance continues to have a passion for using creative means to reach people and help them explore who God is. We are excited to see what God has in store for the future!