Faithful to the Vision
In the late 1980s, God gave Bishop William H. Nix and the Apostolic Faith Church of Ypsilanti a vision to plant an apostolic church in the city of Ann Arbor. Then, in the early 1990s, God gave Scott and Karla Sistrunk, who were ministering under Bishop Nix, a burden for Ann Arbor. Faithful to the vision, Bishop Nix helped the Sistrunks fulfill their call by funding all expenses and sending two families from Apostolic Faith to assist in the new work.
During the fall of 1994, the Sistrunks conducted weekly prayer and planning meetings with Tim and Rachel Richmond. In one of the meetings, the Lord revealed the name of the church, Solid Rock Church (SRC). God would build the church in Ann Arbor upon a solid rock against which the gates of hell could not prevail.
On December 7, 1994, the Sistrunks began weekly Bible studies at the old Ann Arbor Commerce Bank on the corner of State and Eisenhower. Soon thereafter, in February of 1995, they moved SRC to the Clarion Inn on Jackson Road. On February 18, 1996, the Sistrunks held the first Sunday service at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Independence Boulevard. Over the course of the year, the Sistrunks won several families which composed a core group of believers. Later that year God called Brian Jones from Chicago to Ann Arbor to minister with the Sistrunks and Richmonds.
In 2000, the Lord began to expand the SRC leadership’s vision beyond Ann Arbor. Later that year, the team planted a church in Clinton where God would call Tim Richmond to pastor. Faithful to the vision, Pastor Richmond also went on to plant SRC Dundee. In 2004, the Sistrunks answered the call to Metro Detroit, becoming career church planters with the United Pentecostal Church International, and installed Brian Jones as Senior Pastor of SRC Ann Arbor. Faithful to the vision, the Pastor and Sister Sistrunk went on to plant SRCs Detroit, Dearborn, and
In 2003, the Lord imparted a vision to the SRC leadership to build. Faithful to the vision, SRC Ann Arbor purchased 8.75 acres of land at 3823 North Dixboro Road. In early 2007, through the sacrifice of the saints and direct provision of God, SRC Ann Arbor concluded the church building program. The Lord has continued to bless SRC Ann Arbor, so much so, that we have outgrown our current facility. God has given us a new vision to build yet again in order to reach the harvest in Ann Arbor, Canton, Novi, and Brighton. As our founders were faithful to the vision, so must we be!