God tells us in the Bible that He can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. In 1997, after seven murders in an eight block area, the leaders of the West Park Community invited leadership from across the city to help bring change to the area. Believing that God charges His people to be a catalyst for change and through the power of prayer, the Rosedown apartments were made available for converting into a place that would meet the needs of the community.
In 2001, Mission First opened the doors of its first campus on Roseneath Ave. The first phase was converting the Rosedown Apartments. Soon after, the second phase of constructing a multipurpose building cafeteria, classrooms, offices, and a full size gymnasium was completed. From there, they saw the ministries grow in number of staff, volunteers, patients, and students as God met the needs both for Mission First as an organization and the individuals being served.
In 2016, Mission First combined its strengths and resources to merge with the Neighborhood Christian Center and Peyton’s House, a young men’s after school program, located on Ash Street in Jackson.