Our History

Pathway Church began in 2001 with just a few families in Dan and Cheryl Hudson’s basement. We held our first public services in March 2002, and spent the next several years meeting at various schools in the Johnston School district (Beaver Creek, Wallace Elementary, JHS, JMS).

In October 2014 we moved into the old NAPA auto parts store and warehouse at 6523 Merle Hay Rd., giving us a much more visible presence in the heart of Johnston and the ability to directly serve and impact the community on an ongoing basis.

Since our beginning, we have been dedicated to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ both here and abroad. If you look around, it wouldn’t be difficult to find Pathway members involved in programs that feed the homeless, provide meals for local senior citizens, hosting grill outs for local low-income housing apartments as well as Bible studies for incarcerated teens and other valuable acts of service.

In 2016 we began sending teams overseas on short-term mission trips to Zimbabwe where we host VBS events, visit schools, hold revivals and serve children at an area orphanage. We have personally seen the transformative power of God displayed in Africa as we have shared the gospel. And we have had the thrill of watching our African friends’ faith blossom and mature through our annual visits. The people of Pathway personally sponsor monthly nutrition, clothing and educational expenses for dozens of children in the poorest rural areas of Zimbabwe as well as a number of children who live in the orphanage in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe. In 2018 our team planted a church in Checheche, Zimbabwe and our continued support and partnership with that church has helped them go on to plant another new church, with more planned for the future.

While our past is filled with exciting stories, this is only the beginning! God is still writing our story, and you are more than welcome to come be part of it!