Who We Are

 We are a community of faith with diversity in age, race, and denominational backgrounds.
Our focus is on spiritual enrichment, family and community involvement with
an eagerness to share God's message and blessings to all people.

When you visit our church, you will find:

A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you

Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God

Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every area

Our History

Rowlett was a small farming town of less than 1,000 residents in 1893 when 13 church pioneers got together to establish a church of the Disciples of Christ. Less than 20 gathered in the Big A schoolhouse for services. In 1895 the first church building was completed and served as the church home until a new and larger one was built in 1923 on Main Street in downtown Rowlett. This served as the church home until 1996 when the present building was constructed at the corner of Miller and Chiesa roads.

Rowlett remained a small rural community for many years. The population in 1960 was still only 1,015. Lake Ray Hubbard was completed in 1971 and made Rowlett a lakefront community and growth soon followed. In 1978 the population was at 5,000 and has grown to over 55,000 today. We are so proud to have celebrated 125 AMAZING years in 2018.


About the Disciples

The identity statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) states: 

“We are Disciples of Christ, a movement
for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all
to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us."

 

We practice unity and inclusion at the Lord’s Table

All are welcome to the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. That’s why we use a chalice as our logo.

More about communion • More about The Chalice

We practice believer baptism

A person makes the choice to follow God’s call rather than the choice being made for them as an infant. Baptism is the basis of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God – the idea of the “priesthood of all believers.”

More about Baptism

We study scripture for ourselves

We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the history and background – the context – in which it was written.

Our Vision, Mission and Confession • Our Priorities

We are a movement for Christian Unity

We honor our heritage as a movement for Christian unity by cooperating and partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness – healing and justice – in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.” One example is our cooperative work with the United Church of Christ in Global Ministries for the past 25+ years and our full communion agreement with the United Church of Canada.

We also honor the heritage of Christian unity by staying together in covenant as a witness to the world that even when we disagree we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. Our spiritual ancestors were fond of saying, “unity, not uniformity.”

More about Christian Unity • Our Ecumenical Partners