In the fall of 1987, God placed a burden on the heart of Reverend C. L. Pierce to start a church in a growing community called The Colony. With this newfound vision and much determination, Rev. & Mrs. Pierce began to knock on doors inviting families to attend the opening services of this newly formed church, which was to be called Calvary Temple Church. Through the kindness and generosity of First Baptist Church of The Colony, Calvary Temple began their first worship service on Easter Sunday, 1988.
Without adequate funds for the purchase of land or facilities, Calvary Temple was required to move their services to several locations in the beginning stages of the church. Those locations included the Fire Station, First Baptist Church, as well as a local day care. However, in the spring of 1991 all this changed when the church was able to acquire a building and land at the corner of Blair Oaks and Clover Valley. A 8000 square foot building and almost five acres were able to be purchased from the former Colony Christian Church for about one half of its actual value. Having a building and land allowed a permanent place of worship, which in turn gave more credibility to this beginning work.
In 1993, having pastored Calvary Temple for five years, and soon approaching retirement age, Reverend Pierce felt the Lord release him from the pastorate of the church. Pastor Pierce began to prepare the congregation for this pastoral transition. Given the large number of young families in the city, Pastor Pierce specifically counseled the church to search for a young pastor.
In April of 1993, on the fifth anniversary of the church, Reverend Tommy Jackson was voted in as the next Pastor of Calvary Temple. Forty-two people confirmed God’s calling. Only twenty-nine years old, Pastor Jackson came to Calvary Temple with ten years of ministry experience. Through his leadership, Calvary Temple began to grow and expand both numerically and spiritually. As the vision for the church was given through Pastor Jackson, ministries began to be formed and leaders began to be trained.
The year 1996 was a pivotal year for the church. Due to the overcrowding and lack of adequate facilities, the body voted to construct a new worship facility on land currently owned by the church. The body also voted to change the name of the church from Calvary Temple to Calvary Christian Center. It was the consensus of the membership that both the name and the new worship facility would help aid in the continued growth of the church.
In 1997, an associate pastor, children’s pastor and youth pastor, were all added to fulfill the vision for children and youth ministries being the focus of the church and the new 13000 square foot worship facility opened after fourteen months of construction. Though growth was not immediately noticeable, the church did continue to grow at a steady rate with the help of the new staff that was added to assist in Pastor Jackson’s vision.
In October of 2006, Pastor Jackson accepted another ministry opportunity with a missions organization after almost fourteen years of service as Senior Pastor and with much gratitude for the commitment he and his family made to this body. We pray for God’s continued blessing on their lives.
In October of 2007, Pastor Rick McCoy was voted in as our new Senior Pastor after faithfully serving for twelve months as our Interim Pastor. Pastor McCoy had previously served in many capacities at Calvary Christian Center since 1995 particularly in the areas of music and teaching and serving as the Senior Associate Pastor for 10 years under the previous pastor. Under his leadership, Calvary Christian Center, (now also known as C3 Church), continues to be “a church that pierces the darkness.”
In November of 2012, after of months of construction, we opened our new “Hungry Hearts Food Pantry” facility. Since its inception, we have been able to help feed hundreds of families in the Denton county area and we continue to impact our community through “serving God by serving others”.
C3 Church, continues moving forward with the vision God placed on our hearts to see people come “to know Christ, to grow in Christ and to show Christ”. Though we have seen many awesome and powerful works of God in our church throughout the years, we believe that the best is still yet to come!