The seeds for Southbridge Fellowship were planted as God gave Scott Lehr, then a student in the master of theology program at Dallas Seminary a vision for a church focused on seeing lives changed by Jesus Christ. The vision continued to be nurtured when Scott, now Lead Pastor at Southbridge Fellowship, and his wife Shanna served in the church planting program at Fellowship Bible Church in Arkansas.
Getting to Today
In May 2006, Fellowship Bible Church sent the Lehrs out to plant a church that focused on being part of a community. As the Lehrs considered where to plant a church, God pointed them to a place they had never lived and rarely visited – Raleigh, NC.
When Southbridge Fellowship launched at the Brier Creek Movie Theater in March 2007, the message was about a big God with immeasurable power who can do more than we can ask or even imagine.
Within three short years of launching, our theater was full and we began to see the need for a larger space. We launched our first capital campaign called The Bridge Initiative (TBI) followed in 2012 by our second campaign called, Whatever It Takes to raise funds for a permanent facility.
Since our start, Southbridge has seen hundreds of lives change. Marriages have been restored. Addictions have been broken. People have come to Jesus for the first time and people have returned to Christ. Today as we look back, God has indeed done more than we imagined.