OUR STORY

Why would a southern boy from Alabama, his Texan wife, and their son move from everything they’ve ever known to plant a life-giving church in the Treasure Valley of Idaho?  That’s a great question. Outside of the fact that we love potatoes, we prayed.  A lot.  Looking at a map of the United States, we continually asked God for clarity and wisdom, and after several months of conversation and prayer, we couldn’t get our eyes off of the state of Idaho.

During our first visit to the Treasure Valley we arrived at a scenic overlook called Table Rock.  We can remember the scene vividly.  As my wife and I began to near the cross that overlooks the entire city, we overheard a man crying out to God.  In tears, vulnerable and completely broken, he shouted “God, please forgive me.  Will anybody please help me? Amanda, I’m sorry!  Please, don’t go.  Please, don’t leave.  God help me!  Will anyone please tell me what I need to do to get my family back?  I’m sorry.  I’m so sorry!”  Listening to this one man’s cry for help broke our hearts.  In this one moment, we encountered one life who needed to experience love, hope, and healing and it’s what God used to confirm in us a calling, compassion, and love for a city we had just met.

At One Life Church, we exist to reach and influence people with the love and life-giving message of Jesus.  And we believe that with God’s blessing, your generosity and the rising up of God’s people, the dream of One Life Church will become a reality.

For the one,

RHETT & LINDA BARDEN