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From a home, church has grown into people’s hearts

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When it comes to humble beginnings, few institutions can compare to Westside Christian Fellowship church.

Started in 2003 inside the living room of Pastor Barry Benard’s wife Tricia’s parents, the church has grown from a following of 25 people crammed into the small space to around 80 members inside its current location at 160 Dwyer St.

It was at that location where Westside — which started with its small group of devout members sitting on metal chairs or standing up to worship — celebrated its 10-year anniversary last Sunday.

“To be honest with you I wasn’t even sure if it was going to work back then,” says Benard, still the church’s only pastor. “The idea of starting a church was one of those things were you think it would be awesome but you have no guarantee. But our people believed with all their heart and kept us strong.” ...


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