"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
- Lamentations 3:22-23
In May of 2004, God began to reveal his plan to establish a new church in Clark County, which would soon be known as Church on the Rock (COTR). Heidi Townsend was invited to speak at a women's retreat hosted by Church on the Rock in Wasilla, AK. (COTR AK). While in Alaska, staying at Alan and Lorinda Olson's Home, Heidi and her husband Ryan received a powerful prophetic word from the Lord regarding a church plant in Washington in conjunction with the Pepper family.
Eight months later (January of 2005), the Lord had moved on Alan and Lorinda Olson, and prepared them to move to Clark County to establish the church. In March they initiated a prayer meeting at Lloyd and Debbie Stenersen's house. The group, hungry for more of God, listened to a powerful message from Dishan Wickramaratne, an overseer of COTR, and spent the evening in fervent prayer. The Holy Spirit moved mightily. Lives were touched; people were empowered, and God was glorified. Though informal, Church on the Rock was birthed through prayer that day.
That spring, with the blessing and support of COTR Alaska, the Olson's together with the Townsends, began establishing the church in Washington. On June 5th the first service was held in Ryan and Heidi's home in Battle Ground. Over the next few months, Bill Pepper made several trips down to preach, teach and develop the church. In August, COTR moved to the "Upper Room" of Matt and Mindy Seppala's barn in Hockinson. Shortly thereafter, Pastor Bill Courtnay, from COTR Alaska, was invited to come preach for two Sundays and consider the pastoral position.
The Lord confirmed to the COTR leadership and to the Courtnay's, that Pastor Bill was indeed called to assume the senior pastor position. A couple weeks later, on September 18th, 2005, Pastor Bill, who was now joined by his wife Janet and son Trevor, invited his friend Kelly Brake to speak. Kelly delivered a powerful message and prophesied that God had brought the people that were there together to establish COTR as a "new wineskin" for the Holy Spirit to fill. The Presence of God was evident, especially to three future leaders of Church on the Rock: Brad Wuori, Nate Wuori and Scott Daniels. Each life was radically changed that day by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In April of 2006, COTR moved to Firm Foundation Christian School in Battle Ground. We met there for the next 2 ½ years. After outgrowing the facility, in December of 2008, the Church moved to Prairie High School. In September of 2011 we moved to the 76th Street locaction in Orchards. In July of 2016 we bought our present facility in Battle Ground, renovate it and moved in a few months later in November.