Our lead pastor, Matt Ohime, is originally from LaPorte, Indiana. Matt was born missing some bones and had to have his left foot amputated at a very early age. While it is part of his story, it does not define him or keep him down. In fact, it helped him realize his need for God from the very start which continues to define his journey to this day. Once you get to know Matt you'll see enthusiasm exemplifies who God made him to be!
Matt grew up in church and accepted Jesus as Lord at age 7. He always sensed God's call on His life, but it took
some time to accept God's plan. At the beginning, he was convinced that he would be a speaker travelling to youth conventions. Soon, he realized, as with his leg, God had other, better plans for his life.
Through a series of extraordinary events, which came to a climax shortly after he married his beautiful and talented bride of over 15 years, Kendra, ministry began falling into place. The Ohimes moved to Romania for missions work in their first year of marriage. While it was certainly outside of their comfort zone, God worked and used them to start two important ministries that continue on to this day.
In 2007, following five years in Romania, the Ohimes moved back to the States because of a calling to serve the "Church" in America. The pastoral portion of their journey started when Matt was called to serve as assistant pastor in Eau Claire, WI. Then, after a few years the church decided to partner with Red Cedar Community Church to plant a new church together. After another series of extraordinary events, Matt and Kendra were called to lead the Bloomer plant, The Fountain.
While everyone experiences different highs and lows in life, the Ohimes feel they are equipped to relate to both. In 2004, at only 17 months of age, Eben, their first born son passed away. They have since been blessed with 3 other children who are a joy and a blessing to their ministry. One son Berrek (12), and two daughters Kairah (10), and Siona (8) who they believe will be used to do even greater things for God than they have.
Pastor Matt is an avid sports fan and enjoys world news with a passion. Kendra is very artistic having designed this website among other things that continue to bring joy to many people in the community. Both the Ohimes would enjoy connecting with you about anything from the Packers to your spiritual journey.