Kenny & Wanda Ashley

Kenny Ashley

I’m just a guy with a hole in his heart who’s trying to trust God enough to let Him fill it up. I’m learning that He is my Papa and I’m his boy. I’ll always be His boy if I live to be a million. Culture, religion, parents, and people have molded my belief system. Some of it is good and true, and some of it is bad and false. Papa is helping me change the filter thru which I process life. Sometimes the journey is breathtakingly fast. Other times seem like I’m going backwards. It’s a journey, not a destination. You are welcome to join me. I promise not to judge you for not being farther along in your journey with Papa if you will return the favor. Maybe we can help each other get there a little faster with a little encouragement and mutual love and honesty. I hope so. Welcome to my world. I hope you will invite me to share yours.

Our Journey as a Church

Journey, noun; —1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time.

The Journey at Lake Wylie began with one step of faith on September 4, 2011 at Crowders Creek Elementary School. On that Labor Day weekend, 234 well-wishers gathered in the gym to celebrate that inaugural launch. The decision to take that step had been bathed in prayer for over a year as we sought direction from the Lord. The school had become available for our use only weeks before the opening. We shared some glorious times there until March of 2013 when, due to renovations by the school district, we were required to “re-calculate” our route.

At the same time we needed a new home, Pastor Matt McGarity and Relevant Church vacated Oak Ridge Middle School opening the door for a new home for The Journey. We moved there on March 10, 2013. It was a blessing to worship in such a fine environment that also teaches our children who attend school there great values and character. Nevertheless, the Lord had yet another leg of the Journey in store for us.

In September of 2013, we were informed of a new policy by the school board that allowed organizations only two six month terms of occupancy. Therefore, we had approximately one year to find another destination for The Journey. Upon receiving this news, our entire Journey family and others in our community began to prayer about this new turn of events.

God directed us to discuss our options with Pine Grove Baptist Church. When we shared Journey’s situation, the fine folks of Pine Grove Baptist graciously offered to lease to us the use of their facilities for worship and educational groups. After several meetings with the leaders of both church families as well as conducting a Lay Aside Every Weight seminar and a combing our congregations for a Thanksgiving worship service and meal, God led us to come together as one church family.

On Sunday, February 2, 2014, we held our first official worship service. In March of 2014, the decision was made to merge both congregations into one family called The Journey at Lake Wylie.

Journey, noun; —2. passage or progress from one stage to another.

Before any journey begins, there has to be a destination in mind. Our destination has been to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. We believe that every human being has the same purpose in life: to live in dependency upon the Lord and in relationship with Him.

God is big on relationships. He wants us to trust Him enough to allow Him to love us to life, then love Him back and then love one another. We love because He first loved us. Our mission statement at The Journey is “Loving God by Loving People.”

Love is all about freedom. God gives us freedom to choose but we cannot choose to be free from the consequences of our choices. Bad choices teach us to depend upon the Lord day by day and minute by minute for guidance on our Journey. Whenever we trust God and depend upon Him, the Journey becomes the destination for that has been God’s purpose before time began.

If you are wondering why Journey is spelled with some letters capitalized, it’s because God wants us to enjoy the Journey, not endure it. We would love some company as we sojourn together with the Lord thru life. Lots of company keeps JOY in the JOurneY.


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