Eye hath not seen nor ear heard

Church in the city

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For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

Agora Christian Fellowship was begun by two couples beginning to pray together in 1994. Soon there were more people attending. On the first Sunday in 1995, Al and Susan Mondalek opened their home for us to begin worship together in a comfortable suburban community. Less than a year later, those gathered sensed an inner call to relocate worship into the center of the city to establish a church that would aggressively reach out to children from anywhere in the city: to be the love of Christ to some of the most challenging with hopes of interrupting bad choices for good.

After more than twenty years our church still believes the same, and we’ve experienced the good results of following a calling. The fellowship of people who participate consider it a privilege to be regularly challenged with walking out unconditional love. People here are joyful givers, meeting the genuine needs and truly offering loving alternatives to those desperately in need of better choices. We welcome everyone, inviting all to enjoy the rewards that come through testing and faithfulness. This is a place where a witness for Christ matters.

Pastors Rich and Becky Bartholomew were two of those that originally met for prayer. They continue to provide leadership. Many people have contributed to the emergence of this important work. Many continue to serve and offer themselves as instruments of the Lord as the environment around the church begins to change. As gentrification and money give way to a different neighborhood, the mission devoted to reaching out to the children will not change. We will become a ministry joining the hands of a new urban young adult crowd to the hands of those in need. Our vision is to achieve this balance and to do the same outreach to children that we’ve been about for over twenty years.


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Rich endured a difficult city environment in his childhood in Youngstown. But the racially charged social tension of the 60’s wasn’t what led him into the city again. He’s here because of a calling. In his words, “When I know, that I know, that I know what God wants me to do, I do it.”
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