About Us

About Our Church

LifeHouse Church began in the fall of 2011 as an inter-denominational church with a focus of “Loving and Serving to Know Christ.”

We are a small church with a BIG HEART!  And the vision of our church is simple: We want to love and serve our community, our families, and everyone we come in contact with.  Why?  It not only helps us know Christ better, but it also gives others a chance to know Christ through our example.   We try to live out this vision in every aspect of church life, even when it hurts.

Instead of buying and maintaining an expensive building, we meet in a rented facility so we can spend more money on the real needs of people.  Instead of having lots of scheduled programs, we spend more time at BBQs, ball games, and family events so we can share life with those we care about.  Instead of trying to put on a perfect show, we have a very casual Sunday service that uses live music, video clips, and down-to-earth teachings to communicate the love of God.

For us, it’s all about having real and authentic relationships with God and with each other.  The “church” isn’t buildings or programs; it’s the people.  So whether you’re new to the area or new to the entire idea of “church,” we’d love for you to come as you are, enjoy a free cup of coffee, and meet the individuals who call themselves “LifeHouse Church.”  We look forward to meeting you!


About Our Pastor

JD Cardwell is a 1986 graduate of Hedgesville High School.  He played college basketball at Potomac State College and received an associate’s degree in Engineering.  After transferring to West Virginia University, he graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education.   While at WVU, he met his wife Caroline.  They married in June of 1991 and later had 4 children: Drew, Gabriel, Jayden and Blake.

For 18 years, JD taught in both private and public high schools and middle schools, but also took time to work on obtaining his ministerial credentials.  Over time, he felt God was calling him away from teaching and into church planting.

After a month of searching for a church with a common vision, JD and his family were led to LifeHouse Church in Hagerstown, MD.  They fell in love with the beliefs and values of the church, and began to regularly serve there.  With the help and support of their new family of friends, JD and Caroline stepped out in faith to plant a new church in JD’s hometown of Hedgesville, WV.  They eventually moved to the Spring Mills Area to fulfill God’s vision to their new community.

Though the location has changed, their dream never has.  And their dream was to plant a church that offered to others what they felt in Hagerstown, MD…a place to call “home”…a place where persons could draw closer to Christ through loving and serving as He did.