Church of the Resurrection was born in the heart of God. The Presbyterian Church in America had an empowering vision fueled by prayer to plant a new congregation in Flagstaff, Arizona. In the spring of 2002, the Southwest Church Planting Network director met with Pastor Bob Norton. Although Pastor Bob was serving another congregation, he encouraged the PCA to plant a new church to reach people for Christ.
Sensing God’s leading to unite with the PCA, Pastor Bob met with the chairperson of missions for the Southwest Presbytery. This historic divine appointment occurred in November of 2006. They began a process of discernment which culminated with the transfer of ordination for Bob Norton to become a Teaching Elder in the PCA effective July 20, 2007.
The Steering Committee gathered and plans came to fruition for a Sunday, October 7, 2007, launch at DeMiguel Elementary School. After one year, the church moved its worship service to the Commons at Coconino Community College October 5, 2008, and stayed for five years. An army of faithful volunteers set up and stored away our portable church week after week. During this time The Learning Center, located at 751 E. Pine Knoll Dr., became our headquarters for ministry. With growth and maturity we transitioned from a mission church to being particularized on November 14, 2010, as a full-fledged congregation able to assume the mantle of a church in mission for others. Ruling Elders were elected and the congregation moved forward in advancing the kingdom of God in Flagstaff.
In the fall of 2012, God opened the door of opportunity to purchase our current church property at 740 W. University Heights Dr. South. Remarkable acts of generosity enabled this fledgling congregation to raise a down payment of $225,000 in 45 days. Then to complete the sale and generate funds for renovation an additional $745,000 in church bonds was raised. Praise God! Much hard work in remodeling created the sacred space for a wonderful opening worship celebration on October 6, 2013. God is so good! He has provided for our every need! Finally, COR had a permanent home. We are truly a grateful people.
As we were born in the heart of God, so only God knows what this church can become. We are committed to living for His glory and trusting Him to perpetuate “a vision for greatness” in our hearts as we seek to be faithful witnesses to the living Christ. We are a truly great church in the making in the hands of a faithful, sovereign God.
We’re keeping the dream alive! Vital, joyful worship with a multitude of discipleship ministries throughout the week empower God’s people to go forth to serve the Lord with joy. Our Neighborhood Groups provide hospitality of heart and home to enable God’s people at COR to grow spiritually and serve faithfully. We are engaged in winning Flagstaff to our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us , to him be the glory in the church in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21