History

Clear Lake Camp

In the 1920's, the Fort Street Presbyterian Church of Detroit, Michigan, was given a beautiful peace of land in North Oakland County considered to be "Way up North" for the purpose of a summer camp for boys and girls. They named it the Clear Lake Camp, and dedicated it "To the Glory of God." For many, many years thereafter hundreds of boys and girls attended summer camp at this beautiful site. However, by the late 1960's the camp was being used less and less, and by 1975 it was sitting dormant and empty most of the time with the buildings quickly deteriorating and the weeds growing ever higher. Finally, the property at 1550 W. Drahner Rd. Oxford, Michigan, was put up for sale.

Two Streams Forming Into One

In 1980 the vision began for a "Church of the North" at Christ the Redeemer church of Rochester, Michigan. This "word" came by way of prophecy. In 1981 the Elders of Christ the Redeemer and their wives met for a weekend retreat, and God began to confirm this prophecy. Over the next year there were many other "words" that came from the congregation regarding the planting of a new church.

First Stream - Christ the King

In October 1983, Pastor Wes Peterson was sent out to begin the new church. Nearly 60 other members of Christ the Redeemer joined him in this new adventure. They began to hold services at the Elizabeth Street School in Lake Orion. They named the new church, "Christ the King." By 1985 as the needs of a growing church multiplied, Pastor Wes and the other Elders began to see the need for a permanent facility. Many were looked at including Clear Lake Camp, but none were selected.

In January 1986, Pastor Wes sensed the Lord was saying to proceed toward the acquisition of Clear Lake Camp. Many others felt the same way, and by April a proposal to purchase Clear Lake Camp was submitted to Pastor Robert Crilly of the Fort Street Presbyterian Church of Detroit.

In June, Fort Street Presbyterian accepted the offer, and by August work to clean and refinish the facilities had begun. The first service was held by Christ the King Church in the new facilities December 14, 1986.

Second Stream - New Life Chapel

While all of the above was taking place, God was doing another work in Rochester through two young men named Bob Holt and Randy Marcial.

In early 1981, the two of them met to discuss an "outreach ministry" in the Rochester area. By May of that year they began holding Friday night evangelistic services at the American Legion Hall. As people began to attend, many received Christ and became Christians. Shortly after, New Life Chapel was born with the first Sunday service held in June with 15 people in attendance. By December the little church had grown to approximately 100 and was beginning to outgrow the facility.

By the following December, an opportunity to move to the "Barn" located at 71 N. Livernois became available. The "Barn" was exactly that; a converted dairy barn. A group of Christians had converted it into a quaint little church with fireplaces, a kitchen, and a sanctuary, the former hay loft, that would hold about 200 people.

New Life Chapel continued to grow until once again the facilities became too small, so in February of 1987 they moved once again to the North Hill Elementary School where they began to meet in the gymnasium. They continued meeting there until October 1987.

The Two shall be One...

In December 1986, Pastor Wes Peterson went on a short weekend retreat to seek the Lord regarding His plans for Christ the King in the upcoming year. One evening while sleeping he had a dream. In the dream he sensed the Lord was saying that Christ the King Church was going to merge with another church. At first, it was unclear who the other church would be. However, eventually it became clear it would be New Life Chapel.

In January 1987, after sharing his dream with the Elders at CTK, it was decided to approach Pastor Bob Holt of New Life Chapel with this information.

After hearing the story of the dream, Pastor Bob then took the information back to his leaders. By May of the same year, there was an increasing sense that God was truly leading the two churches to become one.

After nearly six months of prayer, joint leadership and congregational meetings, pulpit exchange, and many other get-togethers New Life Chapel joined with Christ the King Church to become one church located on the previous Clear Lake Camp in October 1987. THE TWO BECAME ONE!

ANOTHER MERGER

In March of 2007, God once again created an opportunity for another church merger when Pastors Bob Holt and Larry Hayward met together for lunch in a restaurant in Oxford.

Larry was the Pastor of Oxford Community Church, which he and four other families had launched in October 1999. Their desire was to “interest the uninterested,” those who weren’t interested in church. Over the years, O.C.C. had grown and made a significant impact in the Oxford community. Many people had made a profession of faith, been baptized and had become members. Over 75% of the growth of the church came from people that had not been attending church regularly before coming to O.C.C.

In 2007 both churches were healthy and doing well. However, it was slowly becoming apparent through conversations by the respective pastors and other leaders that the Lord was leading them to join together and combine resources. After all, both churches were “Purpose Driven,” “Seeker Oriented,” “Non-Denominational” and barely 6 miles apart. As leaders and members of both congregations continued to spend many hours praying and talking, the idea of another church wedding was taking root and growing.

After nearly a year of prayer, joint leadership meetings, pulpit exchanges, and congregational gatherings, Oxford Community Church and Christ the King Church officially joined together in a wedding celebration ceremony on January 13, 2008.

Once again, two had become one!