Community Church Of Douglas Getting Ready To Commemorate Landmark Anniversary
Fifty years ago, a new ministry was created: Community Church of Douglas.
It all began when a congregation of 105 faithful Christians split away from its parent church and stepped out on its own, without the benefit of any denominational support.
Community Church opened its doors wide in 1965 and has moved forward, serving both its congregation and the greater community throughout the church’s history.
Only two senior pastors have led the congregation during the church’s life.
Reverend Henry Clay Alexander, founding pastor, served the congregation during the first fifteen years in the community. During that time at its location downtown on Washington Street, the congregation grew to twice its founding number, along with the physical size of the church expanding with a large addition in l967.
Pastor Dan Miller became the senior pastor in 1980 and has shepherded the congregation ever since.
Congregation numbers continued to swell, pushing the physical limits of the aging facility. As the congregation and building committee examined options, an opportunity for an entirely new site brought the church to its present location on Wiley Road.
Dubbed the “Miracle on 130th,” the $1.5 million dollar undertaking was unprecedented at the time.
Through prayerful commitment, the congregation paid for the original obligation ahead of schedule and expanded once again in 2002. This “Love Grows Here, Come Grow With Us,” $5 million project added parking space and tripled the church building to provide expanded fellowship opportunities, a contemporary worship venue, and space for a growing youth, health, women’s, missions, small groups, and more ministries.
The larger facility also enables Community Church to partner as a designated Red Cross shelter in case of a local crisis.
A year of celebration commemorating the landmark anniversary will be launched with an anniversary luncheon on Sunday, July 12. All three of Community Church’s diverse services will gather for one 10 a.m. time of worship followed by a celebratory meal.
Among other items and events, anniversary celebration organizers are creating a commemorative book and DVD chronicling the church’s history.
Presenting a complete story of how a small group of individuals grew into the largest Protestant church south of Holland with a congregation numbering over 1,100, the book and DVD are scheduled for release later this year.