CS Lewis’ once said, “You’re never too old to dream a new dream.” What’s true of people is also true of churches.
Over 100 years ago, Reynolda Church was born from a new dream that was envisioned with faith and watered by the miraculous grace of God.
In 1913 an expectant Sunday School class from a downtown congregation dreamt of a new church amidst the green fields and forests that now comprise Reynolda Village. Katharine Reynolds (wife of the famous captain of industry, RJ Reynolds) partnered with other visionaries as they began gathering in a one-room school house on Arbor Road in Winston Salem.
More than a century of fruit produced from that initial dream has become a fellowship that fuels over sixty missionaries, ministers to nearly 2000 who call us home across multiple campuses each weekend, blesses over 50,000 a month by podcast, and reaches over 40,000 listeners on 400 radio stations around the nation each week.
In the 1950s, after worshipping for decades in the beautiful, small 1915 chapel, the Reynolda leadership took a surprising step of faith and built a sanctuary that could seat four times more worshipers than their current attendance.
Under the leadership of Pastor Perry Mobley, a series of lay witness renewal meetings in the seventies led to a refreshing move of the Holy Spirit that not only awakened the church to new dimensions of God’s power but also inspired Reynolda to become a place of passionate worship.
During the 1980s, under the leadership of former evangelist, Pastor Dick Little, Reynolda expanded her mission globally and made a major transition to a new denominational home, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
The late nineties brought new dreams with a new pastor, Alan Wright, whose message of grace and healing has been used by God to launch Reynolda into a new era of expansive growth.
In 1998, Reynolda planted a daughter church – River Oaks Community Church--which quickly became a vibrant congregation reaching many hundreds of people.
In the first decade of the new millennium, Reynolda Church expanded the facilities on Reynolda Road to bless children, strengthen discipleship and foster fellowship.
Soon, the Reynolda leadership was given a new dream – to reach more people with the love of God by going to them, in their own communities. While seasoned Reynolda saints might drive lengthy distances for the joy of being part of this unique congregation, unchurched people are only likely to try a church nearby. Instead of investing only in one meeting place, the Reynolda leaders saw wisdom in meeting in multiple locations. Sensing God’s call to become a multi-site church, Reynolda launched a new campus in the heart of the Triad in the Fall of 2013. The success of the Union Cross campus built confidence for the launch of a third campus in Clemmons in the Fall of 2017. Additionally, Reynolda has begun a small gathering in the Lake Norman area as we dream of building a core group for a launch of a full campus at the Lake. In September, 2019, Reynolda plans to launch its newest campus in King, North Carolina. The core team is growing quickly under the leadership of Pastor Chuck Estes.
Our simple mission remains firm: Love God, Love Each Other and Love the World but our vision forever expands. There are thousands more who we can reach with the love of Christ, so Reynolda envisions more campuses and the expansion of a healing and equipping ministry called Restorations. Reynolda leadership believes the best is yet to come. CS Lewis was right – “you’re never too old to dream a new dream.”