When Darin Pesnell and his wife Krissy were making their way down from New York City to Pennsylvania, Krissy made one thing clear: they would not be doing a church plant.

Things, however, changed. On Sunday, March 4, the Pesnells will celebrate the launch of weekly worship services for Iron Works Church with the kickoff of a spring sermon series, “Rise from the Ashes.”

Pesnell became fascinated with the idea of church planting as a member of a Presbyterian Church of America congregation in Brooklyn. The new churches were springing up and Pesnell watched as the process unfolded.

When the family moved to Pennsylvania, Pesnell attended seminary in Philadelphia and the family stayed with friends in Chester Springs. Pesnell was intrigued by the idea of new urbanism, a planning movement focusing on walkability and community that attempts to reverse the course of suburban sprawl. He liked that Phoenixville seemed to be embracing new urbanism. The family went to check out the borough.

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