History of East Win
How many start-up churches do you know that have a fountain, glass elevator, underground parking, and on-site shops and boutiques? That's what the early days of East Win were like as we met in the Germantown Village Square Mall starting in January 1987.
One of the most "fun" parts of the Germantown Village Square days was setup and tear down, setup and tear down, etc., etc. every week. Since the worship area was actually a Community Room used by other groups as well, all of the chairs for worship had to be moved in every Sunday and moved out every Sunday night. Not to mention bringing in a piano, keyboard, and sound system and setting up the stage every week.
A special event at Germantown Village Square was the baptism of the Mall's security guard Jim Money. While on duty he would sit outside the worship area and listen to services. After several months, he came forward. Soon afterward he became ill and died. How wonderful that our time at Germantown Village Square was life-changing for him!
The Koger Center, our second location, was totally different from Germantown Village Square. The great thing about Koger was that the chairs could remain in place all the time. However, there was no visibility for the church and little growth occurred during this time. Our short stay at Koger was used for organization and planning for the future.
While there, the loan payoff burning ceremony was a happy event (except for worry about the smoke detectors). Also, enough money was raised to take care of all the building expenses in the Willow Grove Shopping Center, our next location. We enjoyed more room at Willow Grove (6,000 square feet), we could leave the chairs up all the time, and we had greater visibility. Our numbers grew dramatically and we had to add approximately 10 more rooms, bringing the space to about 10,000 square feet. Also, many of the rooms had to be reconstructed to better accommodate growing numbers of babies and small children. While there, we added a portable baptistry and our first Associate Minister.
In December of 1994 the church moved into its first building at 4350 Hacks Cross Road. The multi-purpose building gave the growing church flexibility for worship, recreation, and fellowship. In the new facility, the church enjoyed a period of strong growth as many new families became a part of the East Win family. Additional staff were hired, and portable buildings were purchased to accommodate the growth.
In February of 2001, as an outgrowth of prayer, East Win decided to personally try to reach an unreached people group somewhere in the world. The country of Kosova (Kosovo) was chosen, and we hired our first living link missionary. (Someone who is a full-time staff member here at East Win, but lives and works in Kosova.) Through God's blessing, there is today a small, but vibrant church in Kosova that is making a big difference for Jesus Christ.
In August 2003, because the church was bursting at the seams, we built our current 900 seat worship auditorium, office, and educational facilities, which have been a tremendous blessing.
To this day, East Win continues to be a fun and friendly place that seeks to honor and continue the ministry of Jesus Christ.
For many of its years of existence, East Win's slogan was "The Fellowship That Love Is Building". It has been the love of God, living in and through the people who have called East Win home, that this church has been built upon.
The history of East Win is the history of what God has chosen to do among us. To God be the glory, for all that has occurred here.