The vision and calling of the church is age-old, but Metro’s spiritual journey has only begun. We are reminded everyday that God is on the move, and His glory is our purpose and mission.

2016

May

The Leadership Team at Metro Church grows to 38.

April

As part of the Philly Spring Cleanup effort, Metro Church, partnering with East Falls Forward, residents and local businesses, assisted in the cleanup effort of the Ridge and Midvale areas of East Falls.

March

Metro Church participated in the annual Easter Outreach initiative, partnering with 30+ local churches in the Philadelphia-area, to prepare and serve 4,000+ meals for families throughout the city to celebrate our risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ during Holy Week.

The School of Gospel Foundations, Metro’s Adult Sunday School program, adds a second class to its curriculum: Survey of the Old Testament.

2015

December

The Leadership Team at Metro Church grows to 33.

November

12 lay leaders meet intentionally to form the first lay administrative and coordinating team for Metro Church, our “Pastoral Cabinet”.

October

The first (semi-annual) College Fellowship Retreat is held in the Poconos-area.

September

Brian Park joins the Metro Church Staff to foster and build a fellowship specific to university students in the Philadelphia-area. The inaugural Community Group gathers with a team of over 20 students at Temple University.

March

Several families and local residents of the Lansdale, North Wales, and Chalfont area meet to pray regarding the possibility of a second site in the Chalfont/North Wales area for Metro Church; the prayer meetings will run through most of 2015, with an emphasis on the advance of God’s Kingdom through worship, prayer, and discipleship.

Metro Church holds its inaugural Women’s Fellowship Kick-off, and gathers for its first Bible study series on Ruth.

Metro Church launches its School of Gospel Foundations, beginning with two course offerings for any who are interested: Course 101, The Centrality of the Gospel, and Course 201: The History of Redemption.

January

The Leadership Team holds its inaugural Vision and Prayer Night in East Falls.

2014

December

Metro Church participates in the Christmas Wish List Drive for the Thomas Mifflin School in East Falls.

October

The Leadership Team at Metro Church holds its inaugural Leadership Prayer Retreat at the Black Rock Retreat Center in Pennsylvania.

Metro Church launches a fellowship intended to foster a Gospel-centered mindset among newly-married couples.

Metro Church launches a fellowship specifically intended to support married couples with children.

September

New Community Groups are added in North Wales and Center City. Eight total Community Groups meet weekly for community-building and prayer.

May

The Philadelphia Presbytery of the PCA meets at Metro Church, and celebrates its journey, growth, and success. We stand on the shoulders of our fathers and brothers to contend for the saturation of the city with Gospel-centered churches.

Metro Church completes its second Leadership Training Module. 35 members of the congregation continue to commit to train and walk together in life and ministry.

April

The Third Floor Expansion Project for the Christian Education “wing” at Metro Church nears completion. Doors open for our Toddlers’ Program, Children’s Ministry, and Leadership Training.

January

Three new Community Groups are added to the Center City, East Falls, and Cheltenham areas of Philadelphia. The total number of Community Groups at Metro Church doubles since its launch.

Timothy Shin (Worship Director), John Pak (former Emerging Generations Director), and Sherwin Kwon (Intern) come under care of the Philadelphia Presbytery of the PCA.

2013

December

The inaugural Christmas Choir presents its first-ever anthem, the Sussex Carol, at Metro Church’s Christmas Sunday Worship Service.

November

Renovations begin on the Third Floor Expansion Project for the Christian Education “wing” at Metro Church.

September

A new Community Group is added to the East Falls area of Philadelphia. The Metro “East” Community Group is launched for residents of East Falls, Roxborough, Manayunk, and City Avenue.

August

Metro Church celebrates its first full year as a dynamic Gospel-centered church in the city.

April

Metro Church receives official IRS designation as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, retroactive to April 2011. All tithes, donations, and offerings have been, and are, considered tax-deductible.

Metro Church holds its first Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services.

February

Metro Church initiates its first Couples’ Fellowship, meeting with 8 couples, committed to growing together in Gospel faith and community.

Metro Church initiates its first pre-marital counseling program for two couples, meeting separately, in preparation for their summer weddings.

January

Metro Church holds its first baptism ceremony. The baptism of Mr. Kevin Yoon is conducted by Rev. Angelo Juliani.

Metro Church congregants gather for its first monthly prayer walk on behalf of the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

2012

December

Fund-raising initiated to acquire and renovate the third floor of the church location. Discussions have begun to acquire the third floor of the meeting location for the purposes of augmenting the Children’s Education, Toddler Ministry, classrooms, and a Training Center to press on with the vision of the church.

November

Metro Church holds its first infant baptism ceremony. The infant baptism of Mr. James Varghese is conducted by Rev. Greg Hobaugh.

October

Metro Church launched its inaugural Leadership Training Program for Metro Church begins with its first module series: “Gospel Transformation”. 32 members of the congregation committed to train and walk together.

August

Metro Church officially launched as a church in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

The first Communion was conducted by Rev. Mark Sarracino.

July

Metro Church holds its first Sunday Worship Service in its permanent location at 4200 Ridge Avenue in East Falls.

June

Renewal repairs for the East Falls headquarters site are completed; final touch-ups are made, and brand new chairs are installed.

Metro Church holds its first official picnic barbecue at a rented location in Chestnut Hill.

May

A provisional leadership team, consisting of Rev. Greg Hobaugh, Rev. Angelo Juliani, Dr. Ed Welch, and Hee Jun Rho was established.

Renewal repairs begin at the East Falls 4200 Ridge Avenue headquarters site.

The lease is signed for the East Falls 4200 Ridge Avenue building, located directly off Kelly Drive, and just a minute’s drive from City Avenue.

The fourth official “Ministry Update” is successfully presented at The Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Chestnut Hill.

April

The first “known” conversions are experienced at Metro Church.

Temple University Community Group expands to two (2) groups on campus.

March

Launch Team grows to over 50 people.

Donny Cho receives “Recommended” status at the 2012 MNA Church Planters’ Assessment in Philadelphia.

Temple University Town Hall successfully held on campus.

Donny Cho passes licensure examination for preaching within the Philadelphia Presbytery of the PCA.

Five (5) Inaugural Community Groups begin in Warrington, Germantown, Cherry Hill (NJ), King of Prussia, and Temple University.

February

Metro Church begins “exploratory” Sunday Worship and Prayer Services at Crowne Plaza Hotel on City Avenue at 4:15PM on February 19, 2012; close to 90 people in attendance.

A Launch Team Banquet is successfully held to acknowledge members of the Launch Team of Metro Church.

The PCA Church-Planting Committee approves the establishment of Metro Church as an official church plant in Philadelphia, recommending the draft of an official “call” to its church-planter.

January

The third official “Ministry Update” is successfully presented at The Hilton Hotel on City Avenue. Over 85 people attend the event.

“Release 2” of the official website metropres.org has been successfully launched. Over 2,000 views of the website are registered within its first two days, with approximately 50% of the views registered as unique visits.

2011

December

The first stage of Fund-Raising for financial support officially begins.

The Site Search Team has been formed to begin research into prospective locations for the church plant site.

November

The Site Search Team consisting of 5 Launch Team members initiate research for potential locations for the church plant in the City Avenue / Belmont Avenue area.

The first Thanksgiving Dinner for Metro Church has been successfully held.

The City Avenue area has been determined for the site of the Metro Church launch, with a tentative “soft” launch date of February 19, 2012.

October

The first “pre-launch” Community Groups are successfully initiated in 5 different geographic regions of metropolitan Philadelphia, walking through Gospel in Life produced by Dr. Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

METRONEXT, the official college (emerging generation) ministry of Metro Church, has been initiated at Temple University with a core group of student Launch Team members.

September

“Release 1” of the official website metropres.org has been successfully launched.

The second official “Ministry Update” is successfully presented in the auditorium at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

The official demographics analysis is initiated to determine the regional location of the first church plant of Metro Church.

August

The Launch Team grows to 41 people, spread out over 4 main locales in the Philadelphia-area, consisting of city-embracing professionals in various stages of life.

The second official “Ministry Update” location has been determined (Chestnut Hill).

May

The first of four monthly summer prayer meetings takes place.

A “core” group of six (6) college students from Temple University join the Launch Team; they are young, bright, full of energy, and beautiful.

April

The first official “Ministry Update” is successfully presented.

The Beta version of the official website is launched.

The prototype for the {liturgy} worship service is revealed.

March

The first baby is born from a couple on the Launch Team. He is adorable.

January

Barbara Dan accepts the position of Children’s Education Director.

2010

October

The name “Metro Church” and nickname “MetroPres” are adopted.

A precursor to the “Ministry Update” is successfully presented.

Prayer meetings evolve into Community Groups, meeting twice per month.

September

The Launch Team grows to 25 people.

Prayer meetings resume twice per month.

May

The Team affirms the call to launch a church plant in 2012.

A “soft” launch is projected for February 2012, with an official launch targeted for August 2012.

2009

November

Timothy Shin accepts the position of Worship Director.

September

A multi-ethnic Team of 17 people gathers to pray monthly for the City regarding the potential call to serve the City as a church plant.

2008

November

The concept of a church plant for the city-suburban “creative” professional class in Philadelphia is conceived with a commitment to prayer at the Ridge Avenue Starbucks in Roxborough after a meeting between Dr. William Krispin and Donny Cho.