IN 1976 OUR CHURCH CAME INTO BEING . . .

. . . sponsored by an interchurch coalition whose goal was to build new churches in areas where the population was exploding.

The new pastor, his wife, and two additional people started holding services at Sunland Village. When the charter was granted on January 15, l978, there were 120 members.

By the fourth year, a successful building drive brought in pledges of more than $400,000, and a ground-breaking ceremony was held in May of l980. Finally in February, 1981, the first Sunday service was held in the new sanctuary.

An additional building, housing the church office, a large fellowship hall, Sunday School rooms, a prayer room, meeting rooms, and a large storage area, was added in 1988. It was named for the first pastor, Dr. Dwaine Cerbin.

A columbarium occupies space to the north of Cerbin Hall.

In 2005 major renovations were made to the sanctuary building, and the loan to finance them has been paid in full.

We are a warm, friendly congregation seeking to be inclusive of all people. We have quality programs for all ages, and we support Christ’s mission of hope and healing in our community and world.

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OUR MISSION

As followers of Jesus Christ, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we believe God calls East Mesa Christian Church to be:

  • A place of outreach, serving from our community to the ends of the earth;
  • A place of welcome for all people;
  • A place of spiritual growth;
  • A place of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

All are welcome in this house of God.

Nick Greenwalt, Pastor

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ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

(DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

Membership means FREEDOM and DIVERSITY

  • IN WORSHIP – prayer and devotion are a Christian’s greatest source of strength. There are no set doctrines or uniform rules, so each person can find the methods that suit him or her the best.
  • IN SERVICE – God has given each Christian unique gifts and talents. The church offers many and varied opportunities to put them to use locally, nationally and worldwide.
  • IN FELLOWSHIP – Church members join together in many ways–sharing each other’s joys and sorrows; helping each other to follow Christ’s way in every area of daily life.

In frontier America, the desire for freedom that led to the American Revolution was also felt in religion. American settlers searched for simplicity and unity, freedom and practicality. They hoped for a new approach to religion that would free them from European church structures, which didn’t meet America’s needs.

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was born out of this search. Today it is one of the largest churches founded on American soil, more than 850,000 members in nearly 3,900 congregations across the United States and Canada.

At our Sunday worship service you will see these tenets put into practice, so you may judge for yourself if this might be the church you have been seeking.