Vernon House of Faith is a group of misfits. We don’t say that with pride, nor with shame. It is what it is.Over a period of four months in 2006, three different men approached Erik on separate occasions with a prophetic word from the same obscure passage in the Old Testament. The passage was 1 Samuel 22 where David goes to hide out in the cave at Adullam, and those from the area who were distressed, disillusioned, and in debt rallied around him as he asked God what to do. God’s plan was to take this ragamuffin band and raise them to become mighty men.
Having already cultivated a relationship with Jacob John, Erik and Penny began inquiring as to what they should be doing, and Jacob came and commissioned them to begin establishing a Church. After a few months, the group could no longer fit in the Reimer’s home and they began renting different spaces in Vernon, hopping from place to place and letting everyone know where they would be meeting each week. It was a season where we were learning that the Church is a people, not a building. In August of 2011, we developed a relationship with Vernon Christian School and began to hold regular Sunday morning gatherings in their High School Commons Area.
During this season, Jacob came out frequently to mentor Erik and Penny and help lay apostolic foundations for the Church. It was a time of flux where many people who were disillusioned with Church were coming to check things out. Some came and left; others came and remained. What we began to discover is that when the majority of people in a group are disillusioned from past hurts in the Church, it makes for everyone holding everyone else at arms length.
We believe that God will always draw into his family Adullam-ish misfits, but we know that the Church cannot remain there and be effective for the Kingdom. David and the men at Adullam moved to Hebron (which means “unity”), and from there, they moved on to Zion, where the Kingdom of God was established and all of God’s enemies were driven out. It is our desire to continue moving forward as a Church and not get stuck at Adullam. Jesus Christ receives everyone where they are at, but he loves us too much to leave us where we are at.
With this in mind, we make it our aim to continue to press into God, seeking his will for each season and desiring to be equipped so that we can grow in maturity and measure up to the full stature of Christ, our Head. We are a Church in process, a Body being built up and growing up, and we are grateful for all that God has done and is doing in our midst as we partner with him in his mission.