Daily we practice living in God’s love to become like Jesus from the inside out together.



All About Front Porch Fellowship!

The Front Porch Fellowship, formerly known as South Street church, began in 1997. While a firefighter in Cuyahoga Falls, God broke Duane’s heart for the Summit Lake community. This led Duane to leaving his job in the Falls to be an Akron firefighter so he could be closer to the people and pain in that neighborhood. After moving to West Akron, Duane came under further conviction to move even closer to the people he felt the Lord calling him to be with. So, they prayed. Four years later, while Lisa was pregnant with their fourth child, they decided to move right into the heart of what was once one of the highest crime and drug saturated neighborhoods in the city. They redeemed a condemned house and made it their own. Soon they were hosting bible studies. This was the start of South Street. From there the church began to meet in a local community center. They called themselves the “Church Without Walls.” They felt that Jesus didn’t use or need a building so why do they? Eventually Duane and Lisa were given a space of their own. That building turned into the community development corporation now known as South Street Ministries (http://southstreetministries.org/). The Front Porch Fellowship now meets at the Miller Avenue United Church of Christ building and continues to work hand-in-glove with South Sreet Minstries as they seek the social and spiritual trasnformation of the city.
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Our Vision

The spiritual and social transformation of the city.

Our vision is the ultimate goal, and we believe it is pursued by embracing the whole Gospel with our whole hearts. By loving God and loving people we seek to fully experience and creatively express the eternal life of Jesus. Together, we dare to count the cost and trust Jesus with everything.

What We Do?

We embrace both the beauty and the pain of the city with the love of God through incarnation, reconciliation, restoration, development, compassion, and community.

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Join us on Sundays at 11:00 Am @ 1095 Edison Ave. Akron, OH.

The FPF is full of leaders, pastors, and teachers and seeks to honor all of the gifts present within our community equally. Please get to know our pastoral team below, but they are only one part of the Front Porch Fellowship family.

Duane Crabbs

In 1997, Duane and Lisa Crabbs and their four children moved into the Summit Lake neighborhood.

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Joe Tucker

Joe serves as Executive Director of South Street Ministries, the Christian community development organization that was birthed out of the Front Porch Fellowship.

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Bryson Davis

Bryson works with youth across the region. He is also passionate about issues of justice, race, and culture.

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