Mountain View Christian Church
Mountain View Christian Church

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Christian church in the Pima County, Arizona

The first Worship Service of Mountain View Church of Christ was held on the Lord’s Day, September 12, 1965, at 9:30 a.m. followed by Bible School at 10:30 a.m.

The Charter Membership Rolls were opened the following Sunday, September 19, 1965 and closed October 10, 1965. During this time, there were 97 responses to the invitation. 92 placing their membership by transfer and 5 by confession and baptism.

The congregation was founded to supply the need for a church in the Flowing Wells area of Tucson. The church met temporarily in the Lola Frans School until property was purchased at 4969 N. Flowing Wells Road, now known as La Cañada Road. A frame building was purchased. The Church moved to the permanent site and completely renovated it for the use as a house of worship. The first worship service was held in that building on August 13, 1967. It then served as Sunday School and Fellowship Hall. The Minister’s Study and Sunday School Unit were added in March 1969. Thr Sanctuary was dedicated on April 22, 1973. E. Porter Estes, Director of the Arizona Evangelistic Association, was the dedicatory speaker.

George Clark was called to be the first minister of Mountain View Church of Christ. A position he filled faithfully for four years. Following that Earl Varner served as minister from July 13, 1969 until March 1, 1971. William Walton served as minister from August 16, 1971 until October 5, 1975. Rick Eaton, served as minister for eight months from December 1975, until July 7, 1976. Loren Emerson, who has served as interm minister several times, became the full-term minister in July, 1976 until October 1981. It is Unknown who the next several ministers were after Loren. As of 2009 to the present time, Jim Enabnit serves as minister.

Mountain View Church of Christ legally changed its name to Mountain View Christian Church on August 16, 1976. This was done to avoid confusing this congregation with the non-instrumental church in Tucson with the same name.

The congregation voted to sell the back undeveloped acre to pay off the mortgage held by the Arizona Evangelistic Association in Phoenix and it was sold on August 11, 1980. The Mortgage Burning Service was held on October 12, 1980.

In 1986 they moved to present location at 2601 W. Oracle Jaynes Station Rd. because the city wanted to put a street though part of their property. The current property used to be a horse farm, that they used as a church and Sunday School before getting the current building that is here now.

In conclusion, to borrow from the minutes of the Annual Meeting of 1967 and from George Clark, the minister at the time. As he concluded his report, George Clark stated that “The Lord has really blessed us. We have maintained a high caliber of people and the Lord has caused many to grow well spiritually and the Holy Spirit will surely cause wonderful things to happen for the Lord.”