The over 22,000-member Southeast Christian Church in Kentucky will open its seventh campus through a merger next year.
The Louisville-based evangelical church announced through an email sent to church members over the weekend that an agreement has been made with River Valley Christian Church in Goshen to become the newest SECC congregation.
The merger comes after River Valley’s senior pastor, Brandon Braun, was diagnosed with Leukemia in August.
According to WDRB, leaders at Southeast Christian were approached several months ago about a possible merger with River Valley Christian Church. The merger was approved through a vote by the River Valley elders on Sunday morning.
“We’re excited to share with you that the River Valley Church Family voted and agreed to join the Southeast Christian Family,” Pastors Dave Stone and Kyle Idleman of SECC said in a joint statement. “Join us as we praise God for this unique opportunity to continue to build His church as we share the hope and love of Jesus throughout our communities.”
Terry A. Roach, chairman of the elders of River Valley Christian Church, said in a statement last week that the decision was made for a few reasons.
“[T]he options were to maintain status quo, sell the church and move the church to a smaller building or merge with a larger church,” Roach explained, adding that the church has benefitted from “having some people give big checks when we needed them.”
SOURCE: Christian Post, by Samuel Smith