1999 A Vision is Born:
In October 1999 a small group of people from Northview Christian Life in Carmel, Indiana and others who were interested, joined with John and Kathy Cernero on Sunday evenings for worship, prayer and Bible study with the goal of launching a new church in Westfield.
The vision for a new church was birthed in the early part of 1999, and then embraced as a church plant of both Northview Christian Life and the Indiana District of the Assemblies of God. On February 6th, 2000 the dream was realized when approximately 180 people attended the first Sunday morning service of Radiant Christian Life Church, which was held Carey Ridge Elementary School, located in Westfield.
In the months to follow, the church continued to grow and flourish and many new ministries were added. By September 2001 Radiant became a General Council church of the Assemblies of God, after our Constitution & By-laws were approved by the Indiana District and ratified by our congregation.
In the spring of 2002 we made the final payment on 15.3 acres of land on the northwest corner of Carey Road and 161st street in Westfield, Indiana for a new building to be constructed in the future.
2004 A Building is Complete:
In August 2002, “Crossing Over”, a three year capital stewardship campaign was launched. The campaign was a success and enabled the church to proceed and break ground for a new building in June 2003.
The day we awaited finally took place in October, 2003 as the earth started moving and construction began on the new church property. What an exciting time in the life of our church to see the vision of “crossing over” to the other side of the street come become a reality. In August 2004 we crossed over into our permanent facility. Praise God for His faithfulness.
From the very first Sunday in February 2000, a spirit of excitement, self-sacrifice, caring and serving has characterized those who have been a part of Radiant Christian Life. As we reflect upon God's great faithfulness to us, we have much to be excited about in the months and years ahead.
God is doing a new thing in 2018 and 2019. After 19 years as Founding and Senior Pastor of Radiant Christian Life, Pastors John and Kathy Cernero retired in October 2018. Over the years, their love for God and for people was firmly imprinted on the Radiant church family. On December 2, Jerome Sack was elected new Senior Pastor in a nearly unanimous vote. He will assume the role in January 2019. He comes to us from Kansas City with his wife, Heather, and their four children. We look forward to what God will do in our next chapter.