Archive for December, 2016

Waypoint Begins Planting Church in Frederick, MD

Posted in Church Planting on December 1, 2016 by Waypoint Church Partners

dsc_0239As a kid, when Michael Bartlett walked into church for the first time, he had no idea that it would change his life forever. It was a brand-new church called New Life in Chantilly, Virginia. There was a celebration that day as New Life prepared to send their former worship minister to work with another new church in Virginia Beach called Forefront Church.

Over the next few years, Michael was baptized, started leading the youth group, and felt a call to ministry that led him to Milligan College and the dream of one day planting a new church to seek the lost in the DC/Baltimore area. That dream now has a name and a location: Michael and his wife, Rae, along with their beautiful daughter, Elise, are planting Collective Church in Frederick, MD.

Frederick is a rapidly growing city in western Maryland. Full of history, art, and culture, Frederick has attracted the third largest percentage of millennials in the state. It is a perfect fit for the Bartletts, who want to introduce young adults to Jesus so that He will impact their major life decisions on marriage, kids and starting careers.

The Bartletts and three other families who moved to the Frederick area to help them are focusing on showing their neighbors that Jesus is a loving God who freely offers grace and forgiveness. Collective Church is launching small groups now and is working toward a fall 2017 launch date.


Collective Church is a “Church for the Rest of Us” designed for those who walked away from God a long time ago, those who have never been introduced to God, or those who are struggling to get connected in the Frederick community.

For more information about Collective Church, to support the project, or to connect with Michael, head over to, or find them on Facebook and Instagram at: MyCollectiveChurch.