Church Planting

We believe that God’s vision for Faith is the same as it was for the first century church – to plant churches that grow disciples who plant churches. We continue to live into this vision by coming alongside new churches in and outside our community! These are a few of the new churches that we currently champion:

Cana Lutheran is now associated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). Cana began with small group meetings and worship during the summer of 2022. Cana called their first pastor, Matt Shields, in January of 2023.  Their Christ-centered approach infuses scripture and prayer into worship, service in community, and building supportive relationships.

Church of Hope in Kastriot, Albania began in a community center with the encouragement of Hope for Diber and missionaries, Dan and Dawn Hall (family of Faith Partners Sam and Jeanette Douglass and Chee and Denise Ng). The Elder-led church regularly serves 30 area children in Jesus’ name.


Covenant Reformed Baptist in Decatur, IL began with a home Bible study and a conviction to make the finished work of Christ the focal point in theology, worship, and practice. Kendall Oliver (son-in-law of Faith Partners Jeff and Kerry Vallender) is the pastor.


St. Martin Lutheran in Atlanta, GA is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, animated by missions and evangelism and grounded in the 2,000-year tradition of Christian faith. They gather in the sanctuary of a preparatory school to worship, learn, and serve.


Salt Church in Normal, IL was established in the summer of 2022 and we began spending time with Salt leaders. They have a mission for all people to know and follow Jesus. Salt Church’s college ministry, Salt Company on Illinois State University’s campus, is the focus of our support. Faith Partners and friends provide weekly meals for the campus worship team.


Shepherd Reformed Baptist in Joliet, IL began in 2023 being sent from Covenant Reformed. They are learning to be a church where people are reached with the gospel, God is glorified, disciples are made, and healthy families are built.

Through prayer, provision (financial and otherwise), and relationship, we’re working together to plant churches that grow disciples who plant churches!

If you are interested in learning more about church planting email [email protected]. If you are a part of a new church plant or are prayerfully considering planting a church, please email [email protected]


        The Fellowship at Cana Family with a church plant in Bloomington, Illinois Salt Church - college campus ministry 4 missionaries smile for the camera at Faith Lutheran Church of McLean County