Clear River Church began with a group of 13 people who moved from Champaign, IL to Lafayette, IN, in the summer of 2006 to start a new church. Tony Ranvestel, our Planting Pastor, had been pursuing a career as a Tropical Biologist, but in 2002 felt God calling him to give up his career dreams and plant what is now Clear River Church.
In October of 2006 we held our first public Sunday service at Morton Community Center, near Purdue University’s campus in West Lafayette, IN. In just two years we outgrew that facility and our young church with a majority college students gave $100,000 to renovate an old auto body shop downtown Lafayette. From the spring of 2009 through 2014, Clear River Church continued to grow with many new families and college students who had encountered God and devoted themselves to following Jesus with us. After multiplying services and still needing more space, the next step was to build a building that would become a long-term home for Clear River Church, which we now occupy because of God’s provision through the sacrifice and generosity of the faithful Christians at the church.
Clear River Church is connected in a small, non-denominational network of several churches that share common vision and relationship and encourage and build one another up. The church is currently comprised of approximately one-half college students, and one-half people who live and work in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. Our desire is that we would see people from all nations, ages, life-stages and lifestyles come to know, love and follow Jesus as passionate, sold-out disciples. We want people to experience Jesus’ life, love, healing and hope, grow to maturity in their faith, and live their lives in such a way that others around them also come to know, love and follow Jesus.