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Growing church relocates to Northeastern Elementary (Audio included)

The Reality Outreach Church, also known as the ROC, is moving locations and members are eagerly looking forward to their new home.

Bart Zirkle (pictured left) started the ROC in February 2012. He has been involved in ministry for 16 years and was pastor of Goshen Friends Church of Zanesfield prior to starting the ROC.

Bart thinks the ROC should have an outreach feel where the church can go out and try to meet the needs of the community. The ROC offers a food pantry and guidance to those who ask and feel they are in need of direction.

The ROC will be moving into Northeastern Elementary (pictured right) next month. They were able to obtain the building after getting into discussions with Bellefontaine City Schools, then reached an agreement that saved BCS demolition expenses.

Bart has many goals for the ROC in the new building including, “Possibly adding more things to the food pantry like clothing and different things like where we’d be able to cloth those that need cloths or coats and maybe school supplies and things like that.” Bart also discussed starting substance abuse counseling at the ROC and a once-a-month meal for the community. He also plans on enlarging the food pantry which feeds around 30 families a month right now.

Listen to the full interview with Bart above.

Chris Thornburg is the youth pastor at the ROC and is also very excited for the move. He said that the new building will give him a chance to have his own youth room and he believes the ROC will be able to build up every ministry they have with the extra space they’re getting in the new building.

Listen to the entire interview with Chris above.

The ROC has Wednesday night bible studies and holds service Sunday mornings at ten o’clock. The first service in the new location will be on July 7th.

We encourage open dialogue among people who may disagree. Difficult conversations must be had sometimes to make progress. If you disagree, please disagree respectfully. Cruelty will not be tolerated. This is a family friendly group.
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