History

September 2004
The vision begins: First meeting of potential Board Members to discuss formation of Circle of Friends Ministries

January 2005
Adopted Code of Regulations for Circle of Friends Ministries

October 2005
Incorporated with Ohio Secretary of State

November 2005
Granted 501 (c) (3) non-profit/tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service

November 2005
www.ourcircleoffriends.org website goes online

February 2006
First annual Circle of Friends Ministries Women’s Conference “What Every Girl Wants” with guest speakers/artists Lisa Harper and Kim Hill

February 1, 2007
Physical presence established for the ministry: 37,000 sq. ft. office/conference rental facility at 531 Dover Road NE Sugarcreek, OH

February-July 2007
Begin to offer ongoing Women’s Exercise classes and Women’s Bible Study and support groups under the Circle of Friends’ umbrella.

February 24, 2007
Second annual Circle of Friends Ministries Women’s Conferencewith Beth Moore simulcast “Straight Talk About God’s Deliverance” with music by Travis Cottrell.

April 2007
Receive $2,000 grant from the Haman Family Foundation of Tuscarawas County to purchase accounting/record keeping software and secure three months of part-time Director of Development staffing.

May 1, 2007
Begin partnership with New Beginnings Counseling, Inc.(a subsidiary of Christian Children’s Home of Ohio) to provideprofessional Christian counseling regardless of ability to pay. By June 30, 2007, 39 clients were receiving counseling.

June 1, 2007
Launch of “Friends Radio” morning show ministry on WNPQ 95.9 FM 8-10 am, M-F.