Our Story...

In the Beginning

The history of Joy is a story of Godʼs faithfulness and desire to reach the St. Charles Community with the message of Godʼs love.  Joy Community Church started as a mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1994.  Their first worship service was held at the Twin Chimneys Elementary School in OʼFallon Missouri.  The initial mission developer left Joy in January of 1997. Usually when the initial mission developer leaves a congregation the congregation is closed, but through Godʼs faithfulness and a small core of committed Christ followers, Joy remained alive.   Pastor Rispoli had been serving a congregation in Hanover Pennsylvania, when he was invited to St. Louis to consider serving and leading this small mission congregation.  Standing on the corner of Hwy K and OʼFallon road, Pastor Rispoli had a strong sense that God was calling him to this new mission field.   It is a sense of calling and passion that he still has to this very day.  His first Sunday was in April of 1997.  There were 36 people in worship and a new era had dawned for Joy Community Church.  In June of 1997, Scott Bowles was hired as the congregationʼs worship leader.  His leadership, musical talent, and passion to reach our community for Christ are still a driving force for Joy Community Church.

Early Years of Joy

The early days of Joy were filled with questions about our congregationʼs identity.  While the overriding mission of the church was to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ the congregation struggled with what this should look like.  The early days of Joy were marked with seeker friendly worship services, and the desire to do everything with excellence.   As the congregation grew larger, the identity crisis became more severe.  This crisis came to a head in 2004.  In the midst of this crisis, God was faithful and Joy not only survived the crisis but grew through it and beyond.  While this era of our history was somewhat tumultuous, it was evident that Godʼs hand of favor never left Joy and that God had great plans for Joy Community Church.

Grand Reopening October 2006 and beyond

In October of 2006, Joy held a Grand Reopening.  It was a season to start over and to begin to refocus on the mission to which God had called Joy.  This Grand Reopening was the beginning of a season of both numerical and spiritual growth that the congregation is still experiencing to this day.  Our focus is on connecting our community to Christ.  Through small groups, passionate worship and a commitment to help people connect with each other and our community, we have grown steadily ever since 2006.  When one visits Joy on any given Sunday, they will find a community of non-judgmental, friendly people who are passionate about worship and touching peopleʼs lives for all eternity. At Joy, there is a sense that the very best is yet to come.

Move to a Semi-Permanant Home

In the early part of 2013 Joy received a timely opportunity to share a space with St. Charles River Church at 810 Westwood Industrial Drive in Weldon Spring, Mo.  This has been a great partnership and we are very excited about what God is doing with a Lutheran church and an Assemblies of God church working together to build His Kingdom.  It's truly the Church being THE Church.

Mailing Address: 810 Westwood Industrial Park Dr. Weldon Spring, MO 63304 | 636-248-1557 Joy Community Church is affiliated with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC)