The idea of a C3 Church in Asheville began in October 2007, when a group of believers gathered at the Renaissance Hotel downtown to pray and seek God for a dynamic spirit-filled church expression that would reach the people of Asheville and WNC.
In February of 2008, under the leadership of Pastors Dean & Jill Sweetman of C3 Atlanta, C3 Church Asheville began its journey as a satellite. Weekly meetings were held on Friday evenings at the YMI Cultural Center, with ministers and musicians traveling from Atlanta to Asheville each week.
By the beginning of 2009 it was clear to everyone that the time to establish a C3 Church in Asheville had come. Both Dean & Jill, along with the local leadership team, felt God’s direction to appoint pastors for C3 Church Asheville.
On Easter Sunday evening of 2009, C3 Church Asheville officially launched at the Doubletree Hotel in Biltmore. Immediately, the church began to pray for a building. In November, C3 joyfully moved into their first building at 168 Merrimon Avenue.
Throughout 2010 the church continued to grow and thrive. With the addition of many new friends and scores of new believers, C3 Church enjoyed a productive year filled with many accomplishments. Ministries for teens and young adults were launched; multiple conferences, retreats and special events were hosted and community focus increased with the support of local charities such as the Red Cross and the Manna Food Bank.
In January 2011, growth on all fronts required expansion of the facilities to enlarge seating capacity and room for hospitality. Following the expansion, C3 Kids launched a new curriculum and by Easter Sunday, C3’s second birthday, a new attendance record was set. In June, the ladies hosted the Awaken Everywoman conference with many guests including Asheville’s mayor. Summer Sunday’s provided lunches following each service in July. New families were added to the church and many volunteers joined the work.
By the beginning of 2012, the need for a new facility became obvious. After a prayerful search, C3 moved into a temporary space at 46 Haywood Street, downtown. Along with the relocation, C3 released its first live worship album, Awakening. In April, the church celebrated its third birthday and a new chapter began for C3. The Mi12 Ministry Intensive was launched in the fall, and with joy, many new faces stepped up to carry the work and ministries ahead.
In January of 2013, a long-term, central location opened up for C3 – right in the heart of the region. The church celebrated God’s provision with great excitement and began the FORWARD building initiative; renovating their new facility at Huntsman Place.
With the favor of God shining down, C3 continues to grow brighter and brighter - celebrating its fourth birthday on Easter and moving FORWARD!