Our Story

The vision of Genesis began in September of 1995, when husband and wife team Pastor Chris Lane and Pastor Jane Lippert gathered in their living room with a core group of 20 to pray, plan and launch a thriving mission and ministry in the Ada/Forest Hills area.  Soon the gatherings moved to a township hall and later to Forest Hills Central High School auditorium.


In 2005 Genesis UMC moved into the Watermark Center–a 23,000 square foot renovated and recycled chrome plating plant. Named for an expression of celebrative hope, Genesis is a place to begin, belong and become.



In 2017, Genesis UMC moved to Snow Avenue in Cascade Township, into the building gifted by the former Snow UMC.  The congregation continues its tradition of being a welcoming community for all.