Our History

Our History

Because starting new churches is one of the most effective ways to introduce people to a relationship with Christ, Life Center began planting daughter churches in Spokane County in 1997. In the fall of 2000, Joe Wittwer, the pastor of Life Center, contacted Brad and Cheri Williams in Phoenix, Arizona, regarding the possibility of planting a church in Spokane. After ten months of prayer and consideration, the Williams family moved to Spokane. Brad participated for twelve months on the staff at Life Center working in singles ministry and as one of the teaching pastors.

In late spring of 2002, the birth of a new daughter church was announced, and the development of the Liferoads core team began. Liferoads Church officially began in September of 2002. For the first eight months, Liferoads met in the gym of Longfellow Elementary School.

After those grueling months of being a portable church, setting up and tearing down each week, God provided a phenomenal facility, the former Eastside Cinema. Seating over four hundred with rooms for children’s and adult classes, this building has been an amazing blessing from the spring of 2003 to the present.

In the summer of 2005, Brad and Cheri Williams accepted a call to move to New York City to begin a work planting churches in the city. Grant Opland became the pastor in August 2005 and served faithfully until January 2009. Grant – along with his wife and kids – were a part of the core team of people who helped start Liferoads. His son Matthew has been the worship pastor since the beginning of Liferoads and continues to serve today at Liferoads along with his wife, Kristin. Grant now serves as the director of US student recruiting for Saint’s Bible Institute.

In February of 2009, Donnie Johnson became the third and current pastor of Liferoads Church. Donnie and his wife, Pam, were also a part of the core team that founded Liferoads in 2002. Formerly, Donnie spent two years as the children’s pastor and two years as the associate pastor at Liferoads as well as 18 months as the associate pastor at Liferoads’ sister church, Mirabeau Chapel in Spokane Valley.

On Sunday, September 9th, 2012 Liferoads celebrated our 10th anniversary as a church!

Liferoads celebrated a new milestone in January of 2016, with the purchase of a new building. Located at 3007 E. Marshall Avenue, it was formerly the home of Spokane Christian Church. After a lot of saw dust, dozens of gallons of paint, and countless volunteer hours the building is nearly ready. The congregation will celebrate our first worship service together in the new building on Palm Sunday, March 20th, 2016.