In December 2008, our founding Pastors Alex & Raquel Penduck began to sense there was more to this thing called church and the way people experienced it! They couldn't put their finger on it at the time, but they knew something big was going to happen in their lives. They had both grown up in Pastors' homes and had served in a number of churches; yet this feeling was unlike any they had felt before.
During the course of the next six months, a series of events, conversations, and what can only be called divine encounters led them to the decision to gather a group of people to start a new church in Harford County. But not just another church, they knew in their hearts that God was leading them to create a place where people could encounter God, not religion. A place to experience not a crowd of people, but a community in the same journey of discovering God, His love, His grace, and His hope.
Not being native Marylanders (Pastor Alex is from England and his wife was born in South America), both Alex and Raquel wondered why the new friends and people they had come accross in Harford County were so disconnected, disillusioned, and not interested, not only in church but also in God.
So the journey began. The theme to make the church beautiful again was integral to our DNA. We started out in a living room, moved to a basement, then held our first preview service at the Ramada Hotel in the summer of 2010. By September 19th, 2010, Generation Church began weekly services at William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School.
The church grew, friendships were formed, and lives were changed and in April 2011, we moved our services to the Regal Cinemas in Abingdon, MD.
In August 2013, God opened doors and resources for us to be able to move into our own permanent facilities located on the corner of Old Emoorton Road and Wheel Road in Bel Air, MD.
Our story is a work in progress, much like each of our individual lives. We invite you to come along the journey!
Check out some of the pictures we have taken along the way in our picture gallery. Click here to view.