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Scripture makes a claim that we all understand on some level; life is better together. It’s tragic that so many people are trying to navigate their way through life and spirituality alone. We gather because we believe that when we do so, the Spirit of Christ is present, in the “Body” (a New Testament metaphor for the church). We gather to share our faith, doubts, questions, joys and sorrows together, and to lift them to God. It’s sacred.

How It Started

Great Lakes Church began gathering as a small group of twelve people in March 2008 and simply started a word-of-mouth invitation to all people in Lorain, Amherst and surrounding communities looking for a Jesus-centered church where God is honored and we invite the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to transform our lives.

GLC originally began meeting in gyms at the local schools, starting off as a portable church. We made a home in Shupe School for a handful of years. When the school levy passed and the Shupe building was no more, GLC purchased the empty Lorain Party Center in 2017 and began a large-scale renovation adventure that took over 2 years to complete. Great Lakes Church opened our doors at 2501 N. Leavitt Rd in Lorain on Christmas Eve of 2018.

The Great Lakes Church story is a story of God's constant provision, resiliency, pure grit and determination. Our story is a living witness to God's power to bring beauty + life from ashes, and Spirit moving and counseling all along the journey.

What to Expect


Great Lakes Church is a comfortable place to connect with God and people. Our service begins at 10AM Sunday mornings and typically lasts about 75 minutes. We offer a laid back, family-friendly atmosphere and hot coffee + tea (we pride ourselves on GOOD coffee!). Our music is contemporary with a few folksy renditions on old hymns here and there, and our worship atmosphere is relaxed.


Our Great Lakes Kids Ministry is one of the biggest and brightest ministries of the church. GLC Kids equips + partners with families to disciple the next generation! Our 5th grader and under have class learning about the love of Christ. It is a fun, safe and secure environment, so you can sit and relax during the service.



10:00 AM


Wednesdays (1st + 3rd of month during school year)
 From 6:30-8 PM


Great Lakes Church
2501 North Leavitt Road
Lorain, OH 44052  
(440) 462-9607


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