About us

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Our history

 

In 1998 a group of Sun City Christians wanted to attend services where they lived. Inspired and led by George Moorman, they held their first service on August the 2nd and on August 12, 1998 they chartered The Worship Place and rented the Social Center ballroom for their meetings.

Rev. Bill Bolick served as the first Pastor and Merle Lacobee was the first organist.  By the first anniversary, a choir was formed by Lee Hensley and the membership had grown to 107, with attendance at 120-140.

Desiring a permanent place of worship, The Worship Place members voted to build a church.  They entered into an option contract for the purchase of two tracts totaling approximately eight acres and within six months, the congregation subscribed over and above the purchase price of the land. Plans were drawn and subscriptions were made for the cost of the building. In two years, the money was saved for the land and paid to Del Webb.

Building construction was started in April 2002 and completed with a dedication May 4, 2003.  Church members donated stained glass windows for the sanctuary and a description of each of these windows is included in Appendix I.  In addition, an Allen Renaissance Pipe Organ was donated by Frances Cree and a Steinway Boston Grand Piano was donated by Bob and Jane Manning.

Our membership has grown from 30 organizing members to 1,062 members.  The Worship Place programs started with simple church services in the Sun City Ballroom and has grown to two traditional services as well as two blended worship services, multiple Bible studies, Men’s, Women’s, Singles' groups, various support groups, and community service ministries such as Special Friends. The mortgage for the Sanctuary building was paid off in December 2007 leaving The Worship Place debt free.

An additional Fellowship Building and new administrative offices were constructed and opened during the summer of 2012.  The purchase of the Rocky Hollow campus took place in March 2016.