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Phoenix Bible Church

Phoenix, Arizona

LOVE MOVES: THE PHOENIX BIBLECHURCH
STORY

Following the dissolution of the Phoenix campus of the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, a group of determined people, led by Pastor Tim Birdwell, considered the possibility of planting a new church “from the ashes.” Phoenix
Bible Church was established in October 2014 and began evening gatherings in downtown Phoenix at Grace Lutheran Church. In 2015, Phoenix Bible Church gathered at ASU Preparatory Academy in downtown Phoenix
on Sunday mornings. A deep connection formed with people in the downtown community, specifically in the Historic Garfield Neighborhood. In 2017, they were given one month to find a new gathering location, and God
provided an opportunity for them to begin gathering on the campus of Phoenix Christian Preparatory School in the Historic First Methodist Church chapel. A partnership began with Phoenix Christian as Phoenix Bible Church focused ministerial efforts on the people of Central Phoenix. Phoenix Bible Church celebrated five years in 2019 and added a second full-time staff member. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, live-stream and production infrastructure were updated to care for a socially distanced church. The partnership with Phoenix Christian progressed with mutual facility investments and campus enhancements. In 2021, Community Groups experienced transformative relationships while gathering weekly in homes across the Valley. Record generosity was experienced as Phoenix Bible Church gave away an entire Easter offering of $40,509 to the Gem Foundation in Kampala, Uganda.
Following the addition of a second Sunday service, attendance grew to a high of 450 people in the fall of 2022.
The church’s second homegrown missionary was commissioned to South America, and the staff team expanded from two to seven. In February of 2022, initial meetings began with Phoenix Bible Church’s leadership team and
Bethany Bible Church’s leadership team regarding the potential of the two congregations unifying as one church.
Pastor Tim Birdwell shared at a Vision Night in March about the early conversations regarding a possible union as one church. Bethany’s leadership team shared with the congregation that an exclusive phase of exploration has
begun to examine the potential of a union with Phoenix Bible Church. As the union discussions progressed, both congregations held prayer evenings with the respective leadership teams. Pastor A.C. Caswell preached at Bethany’s Sunday service in June, and in July, Pastor Tim, Music Director Kyle McLain, and PBC Worship led an entire Bethany Sunday service. The leadership teams began meeting every Monday night to work through key factors of the potential unified church and regularly shared affirmed details with both congregations. Both congregations came together to serve alongside each other in August. The college and young adults ministries of both congregations planned a joint mission trip together. In October 2022, the leadership teams of both
churches unanimously voted to approve the union of both churches as one Phoenix Bible Church. A celebratory night of music and prayer was held in November, and a joint Christmas Eve service happened on the 7th Avenue
campus.

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