In the fall of 2012, a small group of people met in a home to discuss the idea of planting a new church in Evansville. The idea was to plant a church different than anything they had known: full of grace, culture shaping instead of merely “culture reacting,” open to anyone and everyone, deeply committed to the city of Evansville and pointing everyone who came back to the cross of Jesus Christ.
The group began as a Bible Study led by Pastor Jeff Kinkade, meeting on Sunday nights at the Crescent Room at the Milestones Child Development Center. By the spring of 2013, the Bible Study had sufficiently grown and the leaders began to make plans to launch a new church. Several names for the new church were considered, but eventually the name that seemed to reflect the heartbeat of the leadership was simply, “City Church.”
City Church launched on July 14, 2013 with the vision “to bring spiritual, social and cultural renewal to the city of Evansville and beyond through a movement of people who are being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Before the launch, the Bible Study had moved to the Old National Events Plaza. There, in one of the ballrooms, the church held its first service. City Church met there for two and a half years with volunteers setting up and tearing down sound equipment, projectors, screens, children’s ministry supplies and more week in and week out. Without dedicated and well-organized volunteers, City Church would never have gotten off the ground.
Early on, the church dreamed of having its own facility. Numerous possible locations around the city of Evansville were considered and ruled out. In the winter of 2015, what was formerly known as St. John’s United Church of Christ came up for sale. The building, three stories high and approximately 47,000 square feet, was located downtown, just off the Lloyd Expressway. It seemed like a perfect location for a church named “City Church.” In an unusually short period of time, the congregation raised enough money to purchase the building. By the summer of 2015, the church owned the building and began renovations to the first floor.
Our first service in the building was held on January 24, 2016. Since that day, City Church has continued to grow. We are extremely grateful for the manner in which God has blessed City Church. It is the commitment of all of the leaders of City Church to be faithful both in words and actions to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to pour out God’s love and grace on the city of Evansville.