As early as 1889, a small group of devoted Christians began meeting in Longmont, to study the Bible and pray for their friends who did not know Christ. Stepping out in faith, this small band of Christians took action to become one of the first Christian churches in Longmont on Sunday, July 5, 1891. They called themselves, “The Church of Christ.”
One week after their first service, R.W. Woodside, from Wichita, Kansas, became the first to serve as pastor. Though they were without a building of their own, this group of Christians began to grow. They invited neighbors and friends to their new church.
In 1892, E.F. Harris came to serve as pastor and during his ministry the church thrived. This little church began to grow beyond the walls of the old town hall where they were meeting. This church, which eventually changed its name to First Christian Church, moved to several locations in its early years, including a local hotel. In 1894, a small building was erected in downtown Longmont to serve as their first church building.
In 1903, during the ministry of Pastor R.J.Van Horn, another church building was dedicated. For 63 years, a little white church on the corner of Sixth and Coffman was home to those devoted Christians.
A Statement from the weekly program in 1936 describes what the services were like in the little white church: “This is your Father’s house: Enter expectantly, feel at home, breathe prayerfully, relax restfully, worship soulfully, greet others cordially and leave thoughtfully.”
Additions were made to the church and over the years the leadership purchased additional lots next to the building, looking forward to future growth.
With a heart to serve the community and a desire to reach lost people, First Christian Church once again outgrew its facilities. During the ministry of Talmage Pace, the leadership began to plan for another larger building.
In 1964, Dale McCann came to serve as minister. In 1965, a new church building was constructed. Over the years, additions and upgrades were made at Sixth and Coffman on the land acquired many years earlier.
Having grown beyond the city block on Coffman Street, First Christian sought relocation. They moved to their current facility on Highway 66 in 1991 as Rick Rusaw came on board as Senior Minister. Growth once again necessitated additions to the building in 1995. Once again, God blessed the work of the devoted people at First Christian Church, and they began their transition from being primarily an ‘attractional’ church to an externally focused church.
In 1999, yet another change took place for First Christian Church. They changed their name to LifeBridge Christian Church.
From our humble beginnings in the old town hall, LifeBridge Christian Church continues to grow and receive God’s blessing. We have once again had to re-evaluate the challenges and joys of growth. As we outgrew the walls of our present facility, the ministers, elders, and members again sought God’s guidance in the expansion and were led to become a multi-site church.
What does it mean to be a multi-site church? It means that those living outside of the Longmont area, can now participate in a LifeBridge worship experience in their own town. With live music, vibrant children’s and youth programs, satellite campuses help families drive less, engage more, and conveniently invite friends and neighbors to a LifeBridge worship experience in their own area.
In the summer of 2005, the staff and leaders at LifeBridge began to look at an additional worship service in the Tri-Towns area of Weld County. With a lot of the growth in our church coming from that area, the decision was made to locate a second campus in Frederick.
In the fall of 2006, a third campus was launched in the Johnstown area. This local church community connected to the Longmont-based LifeBridge family creates a blend of the ‘small’ and the ‘large’ giving the best of both worlds: a small church community where you can experience great relationships, with access to all the great resources and opportunities of our larger church family.
In the fall of 2012, LifeBridge began yet another exciting journey of growth when it launched a fourth campus in the south east Longmont area to expand its focus of service to the Spanish speaking community in south east Longmont. Puente de Vida offers two services: one in English and the other in Spanish. As well as our other campuses, Puente de Vida offers a small church community where you can experience great relationships, with access to all the great resources and opportunities of our larger church family.
From its humble beginnings over 110 years ago, God has blessed this congregation’s efforts to reach people with the story of Jesus Christ. Each facility that was built serves as a tangible reminder of God’s faithfulness in providing what we need to reach those who do not know him.