1024 East Main Street
Richmond, Indiana 47374
Phone: (765) 962-5099
Fax: (765) 962-9389
Rock Solid Ministries was formed in the summer of 1999. It was birthed from the heartfelt desire to provide a place of worship and growth for men and women who were previously incarcerated in jail and prisons. People who previously were involved in crime and in drug and alcohol addiction needed a Christ based, structured program to be established in a consistent walk with Christ. Services began July 17th of 1999 at 1351 Ratliff Street, the home of Tom and Brenda Kelly with an attendance of 6 people. By the first week of August attendance had grown to over 20 each Sunday morning at 11:00. We have had a free fellowship meal every Sunday after service since our first meeting. In Late August of 1999 Rock Solid ministries established a statement of faith, became incorporated and established guidelines and further direction. In September 1025 East Main Street in Richmond was leased to provide more space to minister to the growing congregation. A treasurer was selected and a board of advisors was formed to consider further growth and ministry opportunities. Several churches, local organizations and individuals have donated their time, money and materials to promote growth for this ministry. God truly has given us favor with the folks in the Richmond community. In October the advisory board unanimously decided to seek affiliation with the Assemblies of God denomination. The Indiana District of the Assemblies was contacted and Rock Solid Ministries Incorporated became a District Operated Assemblies of God church in late October 1999. Other services were added and the ministry began reaching out to the intercity population of Richmond with the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ. By October of 2001, Rock Solid Ministries had grown to an average attendance on Sunday morning of over 50 people. The advisory board and the Indiana District decided that larger facilities needed to be found. We found that facility across the street at 1024 East Main and purchased it in December of 2002. Presently, we are still in the process of renovation for all that needs to be filled. We offer a second meal on Tuesday at 4:30 pm with our Bread Basket program. Between the two meals offered every week, Rock Solid Ministries serves over 250 meals. Since 1999 we have served over 130,000 meals from this ministry, praise God! We started our Christ Centered Recovery (CCR) meetings in October or 2002. This is a Christ based 12 Step meeting that holds Jesus Christ up as the Higher (Highest!) power. These meetings are part of the Clint Belcher House of Recovery program. The 7:00 pm Friday meeting has grown to an additional meeting at noon on Friday and one on Wednesday at noon. There are even other CCR meetings in churches in our community. We had a vision for our community for a free medical clinic where people who cannot afford health care could come to be cared for and prayed for, not just treated. That is a reality with the opening of the Siloam Health and Wellness center which opened on July 28th of 2009!. We also see a need for a residential Christ based addiction program and are waiting for God to open doors to make this a reality. The Clint Belcher House of Recovery is in its development stage and we are praying for its opening soon. There is so much work to do in Richmond, our vision will never end.
There is a lot of talk and debate over the institution of marriage and how it is defined. Personally, I try to steer away from controversary and debate. However, there are times when what I believe needs to be expressed. I whole heartedly believe in the institution of marriage. I have been married for over 40 years and it has been wonderful. Those who live together are missing out on such a blessing. There is a special bond that takes place in marriage that nothing else can subtitute for. And I beleive it is intended for a one man to one woman... Mark 10:7 in the bible says 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE'. Jesus promoted marriage and He defines it. Only the One who has created an institution or rule can define it. Apart from the bible, man would not have ever heard of marriage. It was God's Word that placed marriage into the plan for mankind and it should be the bible that defines it. Marriage was created to promote procreation. That too is in God's Word. Now, if you want to ignor the plain teaching of the bible on this subject, I suppose you can define it anyway you want. That is what I am seeing. But, ignoring the bible and what it teaches will not make it go away. It says what it says and it will not be changed. That is what I love about God's Word. It is always the same. Like I said, I am not one to debate. You have your belief and I have mine. If what you say doesn't agree with God's Word and/or is contrary to it... then don't expect to see or hear a lot of support from me. I stand on God's Word which has never failed me. What do you stand on today??