An epic story is a grand story. Epic stories are usually long, involve big events, and include larger than life characters. They often involve huge problems that threaten the world and terrible villains. And at the center of every epic story is a hero. We believe that the Bible tells the greatest epic story ever. It is a story of how God, the ultimate hero, saves and restores a world that has been ravaged by sin. He does this through Jesus, who died on a cross to pay for our sins and rose three days later. This story shapes our beliefs, our lives, and our mission. This story is everything to us because in it we encounter God, become part of a community, and experience transformation. We want to be a community formed around this story. This is why we are called EPIC Community Church.
EPIC began as a vision close to 13 years ago. Brian, our Lead Pastor was planning to go to college, play baseball and major in business management. But he felt called out of that pursuit to go into full-time ministry and to eventually plant a church. A number of years later after college, seminary and 6 years in full-time ministry, Brian decided it was time to plant a church. Brian was drawn to the stay in the northeast because the area from Washington DC to New York is an area of great need (it is one of the largest mission fields in the world with one of the greatest concentrations of lost people). The original plan was to plant a church in Delaware until someone suggested Aberdeen. After months of prayer, Brian and Amanda (his wife) made the decision to plant in Aberdeen. We asked Daniel to serve as our worship leader and began gathering a core group of about 45 people to help. On March 20, 2011 we launched EPIC. We launched with 304 people on Opening Day. Most church plants can expect 50% from launch Sunday to return and we settled into about 150 for a little while. Since then we have grown and we had to go to 2 services. We currently have just shy of 300 on a typical Sunday. Our small groups have doubled since we started, we have hosted numerous outreach events including one that reached 2000 people in the fall, we have sent a team to India and are about to send our second, we have given away over $100,000 for outreach locally and globally, we have served the community in a bunch of ways, many who attend EPIC have no previous connection to a church, we have baptized many new believers, and we are excited about what God has for our future!