You're Welcome Here!
No matter who you are or where you’ve been, you’re welcome here. At City First Church, you’ll be welcomed by friendly environment and you’ll hear a relevant message based on the Bible that is designed to be helpful in your everyday life.
Pastor Chris Merz and his wife Abby moved from Celebration, FL to Rockford, IL in 2013 to join the City First Church team because they believed so strongly in Pastors Jeremy & Jen and their vision for Champions Club.
Chris has been lending his leadership and passion in multiple positions, but most recently has had the role of Serve Pastor. He has provided oversight of all Serve Teams for City First Church, including our God Behind Bars locations at Dixon Correctional Facility and Hardee Correctional Institution.
Chris and Abby met while serving in ministry in Celebration, FL and have been married since 2008. They, along with their two children, Kinley and Zeke, are diehard Ohio State Buckeye fans and are passionate about loving the community of Cape Coral and connecting people to Jesus!
What's Happening At City First Church!
We put a lot of energy into creating safe and fun environments where kids can learn about Jesus! It’s a place where faith, imagination, and learning go hand-in-hand. It’s a place where loving God is cool!
We think church should be fun for kids, so we’ve created experiences that are a blast for children of all ages! Your kids will participate in fun activities and crafts, energetic worship, and storytelling with other children their age.
Sundays at 9:30am & 11am
For students in 6th – 12th grade.
We believe the next generation is the future of the church and is going to change the world! Our youth environments are designed to give them a place where they can ask honest questions, connect with Jesus, and find a community of faith with other students.
Youth Weekly Experience
City First Youth Nights – Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the City First Main Auditorium
Open to all 6th-12th Grade Students
The second Wednesday of every month. A BIG PARTY with a BIGGER PURPOSE – a special night every month to welcome new people to Youth and make amazing memories with God and each other. Vive is our biggest event every month and you will NOT want to miss it!
Click here to find a City Group near you.
Champions Club exists to provide caring environments of faith and hope for individuals with special needs! We have specialized environments for each age group – kids, teens, and adults – and serve teams that are trained to minister to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of our Champions.
Sundays at 9:30am & 11am in the Champions Club area.
Stop by Kids Guest Registration, and one of our volunteers will walk you to the Champions Club wing.