In 2004, Rick Howerton and his wife Julie moved from Bowling Green, Kentucky to Spring Hill, Tennessee with a vision to plant a church that would change the landscape of a small town that most had never even heard of, at the time. Then, Spring Hill was so small that there wasn’t even a public space for The Bridge to meet, so the first-ever Bridge service took place on a living room couch.
It began as a small group of people, connecting with each other and the community to bring the Gospel to a growing area… and it has never lost those roots. By God’s grace, The Bridge continued to reach people—outgrowing living rooms to eventually meet in elementary schools and warehouses until we had to launch a second location in Columbia, Tennessee in 2018, expand our Spring Hill location by 2020, and launch Bridge Online that same year.
A lot of things have changed since 2004, but the vision for what this church could be in our communities has not. Our message has always been about Jesus.
Today, we exist to help people be with Jesus and become like Him—for the sake of the world. We prioritize knowing God deeply and sharing Him widely because there are still people—near and far—who don’t know Him. And until they do, our work is not done.
What began in 2004 as 12 people on a couch is now a community of thousands who call The Bridge Church “home.”