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Our Story

How it all started

Emergence began in 2006 as a multi-site campus of Jacksonville Chapel in Lincoln Park, New Jersey. It started as an effort to bring the Gospel to people who were not previously connected to church culture. With an emphasis on bringing the hope of Jesus to those who don't know Him, walking through the Bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse, and a heart for multiplication of churches and disciples, Emergence became a generationally diverse and culturally eclectic place to explore the truth of Jesus. 

       Expanding the vision

In December of 2011, Emergence moved to a new location in Totowa, New Jersey. This move was coupled with a decision to plant Emergence as an independent church--fully realizing the name the church has always carried: a new church "emerged" on January 1, 2012. With God's continued grace and kindness, the church continued to grow until it reached capacity in the new location somewhere around 2014. 

The journey continues

Putting out the "no vacancy" sign has never been an option. So, in 2014, in an effort to create more space as well as provide a gathering for people driving from far away for services, Emergence launched its second location in Ridgewood, New Jersey (later moved to Glen Rock). This was followed by the launch of two additional campuses.

In 2021, as we re-emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, Emergence launched a new church by planting the Roxbury Campus independently as Commonplace Church. This joined Revive Church and Church at Bergen as the third church planted in North Jersey in 8 years. 

The great joy of this local church is people changed by Jesus. In just a handful of years, by God's grace, we have had the joy of witnessing over 500 baptisms, new churches planted, new sites launched, and countless people have been encouraged to pursue Jesus. The great prayer is for more Jesus... more life.