In 2010, God began speaking to Pastor Alvin and Charity about planting a church in the Appalachian region of Virginia. At that time they did not have a specific date or location. In 2014, it became clear to the Thomas family that they would be planting in Blacksburg, Virginia. This began a preparation process that included handing off their previous ministry responsibilities as Chi Alpha directors of Longwood University & Hampden-Sydney College Chi Alpha and associate pastor roles at New Life Farmville. By March 2015, the Thomas’ were living in Blacksburg and developing new friendships in their new community. Several of the people they met became part of Fireplace Church’s launch team. From September 2015 until January 2016, the “Launch Team” met together to pray, to build community, to plan “interest gathering” events, and to implement the vision of Fireplace Church in preparation for launch day, January 31, 2016! On launch Sunday Fireplace Church began with a bang, with 101 people attending our first service and several people giving their heart to the Lord! Fireplace Church continued to meet at Kipps Elementary School for the next two years before we moved to our permanent home at 416 Alleghany St., Blacksburg, VA. We have been blessed to see the lost saved, the sick healed and the children of God grow in simple devotion to Jesus!