Willowdale Chapel is a nondenominational church founded in 1956. From our humble roots, we've grown to be a thriving body of 1,500 people. Today we are one church in two locations, with campuses in Kennett Square and Jennersville. We're passionate about Jesus and his Gospel, which offers the grace we all need every day. Whether they're longtime followers of Christ or just trying to figure it out for the first time, we love meeting people where they are and helping them grow in their faith.
We have all the core ministries that most churches have — children, youth and adult small groups — along with some "specialty" ministries that meet particular needs we sometimes face. Three of those — Celebrate Recovery, Re|engage (marriage) and Special Needs — offer distinctive help for some during the biggest challenges of their lives.
God intends to make all things new. That's why he sends us into the world with a gospel that touches—and begins to transform—all of life. Thus our Outreach Ministries are built on three pillars: Gospel Proclamation, Justice & Mercy, and Cultural Engagement. We organize around these key priorities to give full expression to God's love for the world.
We have a portfolio of partners locally and around the world. Our partnerships are built on shared beliefs and values, and a commitment to one another in true relationship. Some partnerships last for decades; others for a shorter season, depending on mutually agreed upon goals and commitments. Partnerships are invaluable for creating avenues for us to engage in God’s mission. Currently we are working with:
The Garage (Kennett Square and West Grove) works to empower youth to pursue their potential through after-school tutoring, mentoring and various programs. There’s no end to the creative ways you can serve at The Garage. But at the core, it’s all about relationships. Its mission is to empower youth to reach their potential academically, socially and spiritually. To learn more, click HERE or contact Kristin Proto.
YoungMoms serves women facing educational obstacles, poverty, single parenthood, depression, and a general lack of options and opportunities. This is an opportunity for women to invest in women through a mentoring relationship. To learn more, click HERE or contact Megan Anderson.
UrbanPromise works to bring shalom to a hurting community by providing schooling, after-school activities and community camps. They work to develop and empower leaders within their own community. Anyone can serve, from individuals to families to small groups. The best way to start is through UP’s “Power Up” opportunities. To learn more, click HERE or contact Paul Keenan.
Good Neighbors works to make homes warmer, safer, drier and healthier for homeowners struggling with financial crisis—all as an expression of Christ’s love. We partner with Good Neighbors by hosting work projects several times a year. Anyone is welcome, regardless of skills. All that’s required is a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get messy. To learn more, click HERE or contact Lou Phillips.
Family Promise exists to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Working together, volunteers provide temporary housing, meals, and services to nearly 70,000 family members annually. To learn more, click HERE or contact Gustavo Castañeda.
Lincoln University is the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University—and they also happen to be a neighbor. For information, email Johnny Johnston. For more information about the school, click HERE.
The Mission of the Spanish Health Ministry is to respond to the physical and medical needs of Hispanic, high-risk pregnant women and to the families of disabled or medically fragile babies and children who live in the Southern Chester County area. For more information, click HERE or contact Leigh Kelleher.
Bombay Teen Challenge has been ministering to victims of sex trafficking in India since 1990. Today, their impact includes supporting women medically and spiritually, providing education, healthcare, and vocational training to those who have escaped, empowering them to start a new life. BTC also helps children escape the cycle of prostitution and obtain a quality Christian college preparatory education in a location far from Mumbai’s red light district. To learn more, click HERE or contact Blair Althouse.
UNTO expresses the love of Jesus Christ in the toughest places on earth by relieving suffering, restoring dignity, and revealing hope. Unto accomplishes its mission, in partnership with international Cru ministries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, through food and agriculture, clean water, and critical aid. To learn more, click HERE or contact Steve Baker.
We partner with HOPE International in Burundi to help families flourish. HOPE works to equip those wrestling with poverty through community building, biblical-based training, saving services and micro-loans. They also partner with the local churches in Burundi to share the gospel, provide financial tools, and offer a hand-up for families. To learn more, click HERE or contact Gustavo Castañeda.
International Justice Mission is a Christian human rights agency that works to secure justice for victims of slavery, human trafficking, and other forms of violent oppression. IJM investigators, lawyers, and care professionals rescue victims, enable prosecution of perpetrators and promote functioning public justice systems. We support their work in India, where nearly half of slaves in the world are located. To learn more, click HERE or contact Luke Zubrod.
Dwaar—meaning “Gate”—is a community of God-loving people who want to be a blessing to those in India’s capital city of Delhi. Dwaar engages with a broad array of business and civic leaders in the city center, along with more traditionally Hindu people in outlying areas. To learn more, click HERE.
The following partners work in potentially dangerous locations as they disciple others for Christ, and so we protect their identities by referring to their general regions and their initials.
South America—Our partners “P” and “B” serve rural areas of their region through church planting and discipleship. They have established deep relationships with their community through their long-term ministry.
Southeast Asia—Our partners “R” and “M” are involved in linguistics and translation, providing ethnic minority groups access to God’s Word. The Hill Tribe people are often seen as second-class citizens, facing poverty and illiteracy with little opportunity for success. In a predominantly Buddhist part of the world, we’re seeing lives transformed as people learn to read God’s Word in their own language, recognize their value in the eyes of their Creator and pursue a relationship with Him.