It was the year 2000. We had moved from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the Lower Peninsula town of Alpena for employment purposes. We attended New Life Christian Fellowship while there and were gloriously immersed into the River and introduced to the Love of the Father at TACF in Toronto. In January of 2003, I (Renee) attended the four week “Father’s Heart School” with Jack Frost, Ed Piorek, the Jacksons, the Jordans and John and Carol Arnott. It was truly a life-changing experience. Since then our hearts’ cry was to take the message of the Love of the Father north to our home in the Upper Peninsula and the precious people who live there.
After returning to Ishpeming in the fall of 2004, we soaked in God’s Word and in His Presence for many months, seeking direction. We were led to Nehemiah and received the word to “Arise and Build”. We then started meeting in our home to share the love of the Father. We rented township halls, gathered in motel rooms and borrowed other churches to hold conferences and training meetings.
We became members first of Friends In Harvest and then of Partners In Harvest in November of 2007.
In June of 2009 a dear saint, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that he had been watching us and our growth and believed that we were “good ground”. He gave us a gift of cash to purchase three North Lake school buildings that had sat vacant for 12 years. Before the papers were even signed we had a team from North Carolina in one of the buildings, training and equipping the saints in the region.
God has decreed that we be a resource center, a watering hole, for the Upper Peninsula and beyond. Since we’ve acquired the buildings, we’ve had many ministers and leaders from the larger Body of Christ come here to pour into us and the region.
In June of this year a small crew of amazing, missionary minded brothers and sisters from several churches from the Lower Peninsula came along side of us and assisted in cleaning out the unoccupied main brick school building. They removed thirteen tons of debris from two of the floors! There is much work yet to be done to prepare it for the next phase of the renovation. We at Father’s Heart believe that the Lord would like to see it occupied in the very near future and used as a Leader’s School and Training Center for the whole region. We also see it being used as a Conference Center.
Because of the amazing love of God, Father’s Heart Christian Fellowship is only the first of many PIH churches that will dot the landscape across the beautiful, rugged Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is our prayer that He be glorified in and through His Church to our state, region and to the ends of the earth.
Ron & Renee Grochowski pastor Father’s Heart Christian Fellowship in Ishpeming, MI. Ron is a Civil Engineer and still owns and operates his own Engineering and Building business and Renee is a a former Registered Nurse. They have three married children and eight beautiful grandchildren, all residing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.