City Church officially launched on July 14, 2013, but its genesis actually occurred in the fall of 2012. Four couples met to discuss the need for a church in Evansville that would be deeply committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to the City of Evansville. Shortly thereafter, the name City Church was chosen. A weekly meeting place was secured in the Evansville Civic Center. Word spread quickly about the launch of the church, aided by the local television and newspaper media outlets. At its launch, over 200 people crowded into the small meeting room!
The church met in the Civic Center for two years, with a group of dedicated volunteers setting up and tearing down weekly. By the fall of 2014, interest grew in securing a permanent location. In January of 2015, a 47,000-square-foot, three-story church building, owned by St. John’s United Church of Christ in downtown Evansville, became available. The building was purchased and in the summer of 2015, City Church took possession of the building. Extensive renovations were done on the building, respecting the tradition of the building while also reflecting the contemporary style of City Church. The first service in the new building occurred on January 24, 2016.
One of the most exciting aspects of the congregation’s makeup is its age diversity, with an evenly distributed number of young adults, middle-aged, and older adults. Over the years we have rebuilt homes in the community, provided training by the world-renowned Gottman Institute for local marriage therapists, paid off over $1.5 million in medical debt for Vanderburgh and Warrick county residents, purchased $10,000 of gift certificates from local restaurants in order to aid both the restaurants and give to people in need. We have supported numerous short-term missionaries in numerous places around the world. All of this and more illustrates our commitment to our vision: to bring spiritual, social, and cultural renewal to the city of Evansville and beyond, through a movement of people who have been transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. City Church has grown significantly since its inception. However, City Church still remains deeply committed to our vision.