In 2007, our pastors Matthew and Amanda Anderson, along with five other couples, began meeting together to pray, plan, and dream into the future of what would become Waypoint Church. Three times over the summer of that year, a group of about 50 people gathered in a family’s home in Midtown to share food, pray, worship, and hear the vision of the new church. Folding chairs were set out, people crowded into the living room, and the first seedlings of Waypoint were planted. Sprouting from those early gatherings, the first Sunday service was held in September of 2007 in the Harrison Elementary gymnasium, and Waypoint Church was officially launched. The body of people quickly grew and filled the space, exceeding the seats available. People began bringing lawn chairs from home as our numbers expanded.
Over the years, in order to accommodate growth and change, Waypoint Church has moved locations as we searched for a permanent home in the city. In August of 2008, we moved from the Harrison Elementary gymnasium and began holding services at the Scott Conference Center on UNO’s South Campus. A month later, we sent out our first church planters to Scotland.
Also in 2008, we were adopted into a family of like-minded churches called the Antioch International Movement of Churches. Through this affiliation, we are able to partner with other churches who are connected through the power and work of the Holy Spirit and by a desire to love God, love one another and love those who do not know Jesus.
Over the course of the next four years, we continued to meet at the Scott Conference Center on Sunday mornings, and rented a space on S. Saddle Creek Road for our offices. That building provided enough room to house various meetings throughout the week, including leader and volunteer trainings, and young adult gatherings. In September of 2010, we launched a nine month discipleship school.
2012 was a big year of change. Having outgrown the Scott Conference Center, we moved locations again and began holding Sunday services at Norris Middle School. We also sent out two more church planting teams, one to Thailand and one to Sicily.
After years of searching, in 2013, Waypoint finally found a building that would become our permanent home. We purchased Kelley’s Hilltop Lanes, a bowling alley on 48th & Hamilton, and immediately began the lengthy renovation. In July of 2015, we held our first Sunday morning service in our new home.
Since then, we have continued to grow and expand. In 2017, we sent out church planters to Southeast Asia, and in 2018, adopted a church planting team in Kyrgyzstan. Over the years of our existence as a church, we have seen God’s faithfulness, and have watched Him work in amazing ways. We are excited about all that God has for our future, and can’t wait to see the continuing journey unfold.