Our History

We have a humble beginning…

Back in 1951, Kenneth Combs and his wife Marie started holding services in a tent at 19th Avenue and Broadway in Phoenix.  Pastor Combs started putting up a building at 15th Avenue and Corona.  He got the walls up to the height of the windows before arthritis forced him to stop.  Pastor Charles Atkinson picked up the mantle and added the roof.  He then moved the services into the still unfinished building.

Pastor Atkinson was followed by Cecil Bledsoe, who pastored the church for about 14 years.  Pastor Bledsoe finished the building and reinforced the walls.  Construction was not to code back in those days, and the homemade trusses were literally pushing the tops of the walls outward.

A series of other pastors followed Cecil over the years, and in 1979 Pastor Ben Self dedicated a new building at 4707 E. Baseline as Desert Valley Church of God.  Then in 1980, James Bledsoe was appointed pastor.

In 1985, Pastor James Bledsoe relocated the building to its current location at 4001 E. Baseline.  This was quite a process.  They removed the roof and cut the brown brick building in half.  The halves were towed down Baseline in the middle of the night when there was less traffic to contend with.  Once positioned in the new location, they mortared the two halves of the building back together and put the roof back on.

James Bledsoe, pastored the church until 2006.  He was followed by Caleb Crooms, who gave the church its current name in 2007.  

Caleb pastored the church until the Lord brought Gregory Pratt to serve as our pastor in 2009.  James Bledsoe has since returned to our congregation, and currently leads our Prayer Ministry.

We’ve come a long way from the tent on 19th Avenue, and we’re still a growing church with a passion for the Lord.  Won’t you join us this Sunday?

 

We have a humble beginning…

Back in 1951, Kenneth Combs and his wife Marie started holding services in a tent at 19th Avenue and Broadway in Phoenix.  Pastor Combs started putting up a building at 15th Avenue and Corona.  He got the walls up to the height of the windows before arthritis forced him to stop.  Pastor Charles Atkinson picked up the mantle and added the roof.  He then moved the services into the still unfinished building.

Pastor Atkinson was followed by Cecil Bledsoe, who pastored the church for about 14 years.  Pastor Bledsoe finished the building and reinforced the walls.  Construction was not to code back in those days, and the homemade trusses were literally pushing the tops of the walls outward.

A series of other pastors followed Cecil over the years, and in 1979 Pastor Ben Self dedicated a new building at 4707 E. Baseline as Desert Valley Church of God.  Then in 1980, James Bledsoe was appointed pastor.

Desert Valley Church of God in 1979 at 4707 E. Baseline Rd. in Phoenix Arizona


In 1985, Pastor James Bledsoe relocated the building to its current location at 4001 E. Baseline.  This was quite a process.  They removed the roof and cut the brown brick building in half.  The halves were towed down Baseline in the middle of the night when there was less traffic to contend with.  Once positioned in the new location, they mortared the two halves of the building back together and put the roof back on.

Life Church at South Mountain in the process of being moved from 47th St. and Baseline in Phoenix to its new location at 4001 E. Baseline Rd, Phoenix in 1985


James Bledsoe, pastored the church until 2006.  He was followed by Caleb Crooms, who gave the church its current name in 2007.  Caleb pastored the church until the Lord brought Gregory Pratt to serve as our pastor in 2009.  James Bledsoe has since returned to our congregation, and currently leads our Prayer Ministry.

Life Church at South Mountain at its new location on 41st St. and Baseline after being moved in 1985


We’ve come a long way from the tent on 19th Avenue, and we’re still a growing church with a passion for the Lord.  Won’t you join us this Sunday?

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