Coldsprings exists to provide God a dwelling place, welcoming His presence and, in response, taking His presence and Kingdom in Northern Michigan and the World. Coldsprings is a presence based congregation and part of the Partners in Harvest family. Coldsprings has a heart for revival; therefore, its primary aspiration is continuing to invite Heaven to invade Earth and the Grand Traverse Region.
Coldsprings was initially founded as 'Coldsprings Mennonite Church' in 1948, by Willard and Millie Bontrager. They were sent to Mancelona by the Fairview Mennonite Church (Fairview, Michigan) to plant a church. In their first four years they were in various locations (their basement, schools and town halls). In 1952 they built a church building on the corner of Twin Lake Rd. and County Rd. 571. The church served it’s rural community and provided a vibrant youth group. In 1981 the church building was enlarged, providing a bigger sanctuary in which the old sanctuary became the fellowship hall.
In 1994 Willard retired from pastoring, bringing in a young pastor by the name of Dewey Miller who pastored for 1 year. In 1996 Brent Bontrager was made pastor and a transition was started to become a Presence-Based church, spreading the message of the Father's love. In 1998 the name was changed to Coldsprings Christian Fellowship (CCF). In May of 2010 CCF left the Indiana Michigan Mennonite Conference and became affiliated with the Partners In Harvest (PIH) churches. Their matching values have made for a wonderful encouraging fit.