Who we are and where we come from
"Community Christian Church exists to preach the gospel message and to lead people to become fully-devoted followers of Christ."
Founded in 1992 by Pastors Tony and Terese Rea, Community Christian Church (CCC) held its first service on February 2, 1992, at Burr Elementary School located on Ryan Road just north of 18 Mile in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Following a very enthusiastic new church launch with many supportive attendees, the congregation settled in at a modest 30-35 members. For the next seven years, Community Christian Church operated as a mobile church, setting up and tearing down in rented facilities each week. In 1993, just one year after start up, the church purchased 3.6 acres of vacant property on Ryan Road. In 1998, architectural drawings and plans for a 9,000 square foot multi-use building were submitted to the City of Sterling Heights for approval. In May 1999, the church took occupancy of their first building (currently used as the Youth Center). The first worship service in the new building was held on May 16, 1999. It was a time of great celebration; we finally had a place to call home!
Once in our own church building, steady growth soon led to a congregation of about 300. Additional staff members were required to help oversee the needs of our growing church. The growth continued, and in 2001 CCC added a second Sunday morning service. By the spring of 2002, three Sunday morning services were needed to accommodate the church family. The rapid growth in those years led the church to purchase additional land, 6 acres of adjoining property; and plans were drawn up for a sizable addition to our building. The addition included a beautiful 1,000 seat theater-style sanctuary, a substantial children’s wing, and office space. The addition was completed in the summer of 2005, and on Father’s Day, June 19, 2005, the whole church worshipped together in our new sanctuary for the first time.
February 2, 2017, marked a huge milestone for CCC: 25 years in ministry! On Sunday, March 19, 2017, a special 25-year anniversary celebration was held. It was a day of great rejoicing as we rehearsed the goodness and faithfulness of our God over the past 25 years and looked forward to what God has planned for CCC in the future.
"We came to CCC broken and crushed in every way. You poured out healing in our wounds and welcomed us with open arms. From the first time we walked through the doors of the church, we have experienced nothing but love."