Multi-site church opens Anthem location
Staff Report~ 4/23/2014
Christ’s Church of the Valley held a grand opening on Easter Weekend, April 19-20, for its fifth Valley campus, which is located in Anthem.
CCV Anthem came into existence on the site of the former Fellowship Church, north of the intersection of Daisy Mountain Drive and Gavilan Peak Parkway.
Rev. Don Wilson of CCV said that the Anthem campus underwent facility improvements, including the renovation of a 425-seat auditorium and a 9,000-square-foot children’s and youth building on 4.75 acres of property.
“We invite the community to celebrate with us, and to experience our newest campus,” Wilson said. “CCV welcomes the opportunity to serve the people of Anthem. We strive to extend God’s love to the community in tangible ways and to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
The church reported that approximately 1,500 Anthem residents had been driving to its Peoria campus to attend services at CCV prior to the new site’s opening.
With more than 21,000 people currently attending 18 services at its five campuses each weekend, and the addition of another new campus this fall in Avondale, CCV officials reported that theirs is the largest non-denominational church in Arizona and one of the largest churches in the United States.
All CCV campuses offer identical services and youth ministries each weekend as part of its “one church, one experience” multi-site strategy. Like its sister campuses, CCV Anthem provides live music and announcements at every service, with sermons video-streamed from the Peoria campus.
Wilson founded CCV in 1982, leading a small group of worshipers that met in a rented movie theater. As the church grew, CCV held services at an elementary school, in a strip mall and at Deer Valley High School before purchasing land in Peoria in 1996. The concept of one church spread across multiple locations unfolded with the addition of the Surprise campus in 2011, the Scottsdale campus in 2012 and the East Valley campus in 2013.