History of Christ Church

The date was January 12, 1986. About 40 people packed into the old Otsego City Hall for the very first worship service of a new congregation called Christ Church. Just four years later, on Easter Sunday of 1990, a new worship center in northeast Otsego was dedicated to the Lord. Pastor Greg Pagh began his ministry in July of 1991 with a vision for outreach and community impact.

The number of worshippers soon grew to 200 and beyond. Programs and ministries expanded every year. In 1994, Christ Church was blessed to add ten more acres of land to the original five.

By the year 2000, worship attendance was exceeding 300. Sunday School classes were bursting at the seams and children and youth were being bussed to Otsego School. The much needed second phase of the building was completed, doubling the church footprint and providing more worship space, a new larger kitchen, classrooms, a beautiful nursery, youth room and expanded parking. In 2005 several additional internal modification were made to the facilities to maximize space usage. Today the congregation numbers 1,400 and once again we are in need of more space to grow!

In 2006, in response to the highway expansion and the encroaching commercial development around us, we began a year-long process of prayer, ministry assessment, and planning for the future. We asked for discernment and God answered our prayers. In the spring of 2007, the congregation voted unanimously to purchase 37 acres of property in the center of Otsego and begin plans for eventual relocation. We closed on this property in May of 2008 and celebrated with prayers and celebration on the property. This beautiful piece of farmland is one of the highest points in Otsego and is surrounded by two bodies of water. We continue to pray and wait on the Lord’s timing for all the details.

Christ Church continues to keep the overall focus on growing our Mission and Ministries and seeking transformation in individual lives, families, our congregation, the communities we serve, and the world. Come and share with us in our young history and an exciting future that is yet to be written!

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