Our Story

Before the initial gathering of seven individuals, came the vision for Rhema Christian Center, which was to be a place where the Word of God would empower people to serve. 

A clear vision was given to La Fayette Scales:

“I saw a large group of people from many walks of life.  They were all lifting their hands in praise to God.  I saw black hands, white hands, yellow hands and brown hands.  The faces of these people were radiant.  When I looked closer, I saw that they were all dressed differently.  Some were in casual clothes.  Some wore business suits and elegant dresses.  Others had on jogging outfits with tennis shoes.  But the one thing they had in common was their love for Jesus and their desire to worship Him.  They were all carrying Bibles.

 “Who are these people, Lord?”

“This is my church,” He replied.

“Where is this taking placing”?

“Right here in Columbus”.

“And when will this be, Lord?”

“When you are totally obedient to me, My son.”

This was to be a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and socially diverse group:  a unique fellowship of believers and a community of faith,   God charged one humble   man, to raise up a work in Columbus, Ohio that would reach people and touch lives all around the world.

La Fayette did not hesitate to answer to God’s invitation to commitment.  La Fayette placed only one condition on his promise of obedience. “Lord, if you will make your will perfectly clear to me, whatever you ask.  I will do it.” He declared that the mission of this new work was ‘to equip the people of God for the work of the ministry’ as stated in Ephesians 4:11-16 and the foundation for all teaching and ministry.

Rhema Christian Center was birthed out of the mind of God, into the heart of Apostle La Fayette Scales.

 

Humble Beginnings

La Fayette Scales gathered around him a core of charter members and Rhema Christian Center’s inaugural service was conducted on May 2, 1982, at 2173 S. James Road in Columbus, Ohio.  Of the 30 people who attended, ten responded to the call for discipleship and membership.  A year later, La Fayette was formally installed as its pastor.  Within the first two years, growth in membership to over 200 necessitated a new worship center.  The young church became the proud owner of a new home with the purchase of the property at 2116 Agler Road in 1989 (formally owned by Christian Assembly) .  Membership quickly increased to 500 and three worship services became a necessity, in addition to the Sunday and Wednesday evening services.

 

Grounding in the Word

Rhema Christian Center’s early vision of ‘a community faith, love, and power, established upon the Word of God’ found great reception among those with ‘dry and parched’ lives thirsting for relevant biblical teaching.

The transformation of the ministry, from its rapid physical growth due to the teaching of God’s word with clarity, was further enhanced by the sharpening of the spiritual vision. Elders were installed and trained to listen to the voice of God in order to equip the people of God.  Capable Deacons were appointed to the task of serving the body at Rhema Christian Center.

Progressive Growth

  • 1982  -  A Vision for God’s church to Apostle La Fayette Scales
    1984  -  Acquiring a building for a growing membership of 200
    1989  -  Paying off the mortgage, and a membership of 500
    1990  -  Construction of the 12,000 sf. multi-purpose  Family Life Center
    1998  -  Expansion to 1,000 members and a two-story building addition
    2000  -  Steadfast growth of the membership of 1,500 people
    2001  -  Purchase 23 acres of land needed for future expansion
    2005  -  Launching seven congregations in Columbus and support of 20+ ministries worldwide
    2011  -  Retiring debt for all property (God Be the Glory!)