1983- Diane Lawrence, CRNA, read a series of articles in Moody Monthly about the sanctity of human life and later attended a meeting with Christian Action Council about their ministry of crisis pregnancy centers. Several fundamental area churches met to further discuss the possibility of starting a center in Phoenixville. PA. These churches included: Faith Bible Fellowship of Spring City, Royersford Bible Fellowship, Heritage Bible Church, Evangelical Congregational Church of Royersford, Calvary Bible Church and Schuylkill Valley Baptist.
1984- A steering committee was formed and worked directly with Christian Action Council to begin developing the ministry of Genesis. In the fall, Genesis Crisis Pregnancy Center opened their doors.
1994- Genesis CPC moved their location to 151 King St., Pottstown, PA in order to reach out to a greater number of young women. Shortly after this move, we changed our name to Genesis Pregnancy Care Center because of counsel from Care Net and Baptists for Life.
1998- We moved to our current location at 888 E. High Street after putting a significant down payment on a building. We had quickly outgrown our original Pottstown location and needed the extra room this new building provided.
2006- We opened the Genesis Kid’s Thrift Shop to provide an additional community outreach to those in need of good quality baby clothing and equipment.
2008- With the assistance of Diane Tyson, Biblical Counselor, we were able to identify and discard many of our resources that were tainted with man-centered, psychological thought, and replace them with God-centered, Biblical thought training materials and client handouts. Some of the old materials were very subtle in teaching psychological concepts; others were in blatant error, and we are grateful for Diane’s input in recognizing these highly marketed pro-life materials. At this time, we became affiliated with Hope National to reinforce our Biblically-based training.
Over the years, many things have changed with the ministry, particularly as pregnancy care centers all across the nations grew and flourished. However, the original vision of helping young women with an unplanned pregnancy while still boldly proclaiming the Gospel has not changed!
Consequently, we have been blessed to watch our ministry grow and prosper over these past years. We no longer just minister to teens and very young adults: instead, we are seeing a changing clientele that now consists often of women in their thirties and older. Because of the rampant drug abuse and subsequent crime in our area, many grandmothers are raising grandchildren because their daughters are using drugs, are in jail, or in rehab. Thus, we find ourselves ministering to women of virtually all ages on a variety of issues facing women today. We see fewer abortion-minded clients because the teens of today are well versed in where to obtain abortions, but we do encounter many women that have experienced the trauma of abortion and need to learn of God’s forgiveness. We often find ourselves in the role of mentor as we advise women on relationships, marriage, adoption, and parenting. We also are privileged at times to provide discipleship to those that are willing to learn more of the Lord. The Good News of the Gospel goes out to each and every client that steps into our building, and we believe the Lord has blessed these efforts greatly.