In The Beginning…
Mountain View Community Church began in 1997 when a small group of men and women set out on an adventure of faith. Pastor Guy and Lorrie Kneebone and family moved from Southeast Iowa to plant the church, after having visited the area during the summer of 1997, and receiving commitments from about 10 core families who chose to commit to start the church.
During the months of July and August of 1997 these core families met in their homes for prayer, study, and worship. The Kneebones then moved to Mt. Airy at the end of August and Mountain View began its first public worship service in the chorus room of Urbana High School on September 7, 1997. After meeting for two months in the chorus room with approx. 70 people, the church chose to publicize a Grand Opening on Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997. This special service met in the school auditorium and MVCC called the auditorium home for the next 13 years.
Mountain View has been serving Frederick County, Maryland since 1997. That original core group of 10 families has become a growing church, now currently averaging about 1,000 in attendance on a typical Sunday morning. Many new ministries have been started. Genuine care has been provided for a growing number of people. Individuals have come to know Christ in a personal way. And lives have been changed!
The years since those first home groups began meeting in 1997 have been a lot of fun and a lot of work, perhaps more work than any of us envisioned, but it has been all worth it. We believe that God’s hand was on this church from the beginning and still is. We pray that if you are looking for a home church, that you will find Mountain View to be a place that will help you draw closer to the Lord and experience His immense love for you, and where you can become part of an authentic community of faith where you can grow and serve.
In November, 2002, Mountain View Community Church purchased approximately 20 acres on Fingerboard Road (Route 80) along the west side of Interstate 270, just over 1 mile from Urbana High School. By January, 2004, this land was paid for in full, and we began to think seriously about the building process.
In April 2006, we launched the Building a Legacy stewardship campaign with the intention of raising funds for a permanent place of worship. By God’s grace, through the Building a Legacy campaign, His people committed almost $2.5 Million in funds earmarked for the construction of our new ministry home. Approximately $800,000 was received through generous first fruits offerings, and the remaining amount was pledged to be given over a three-year period. Another testament to God’s faithfulness is that by the end of the 3 year campaign, about 97% of the funds that were pledged were turned in and within another year, more than 100% of the funds pledged were given!
The primary committees involved with this project were the Facilities Planning Team (with a focus on building design) and the New Facilities Team (with a focus on construction and funding). Those teams worked closely with the architect (Alexander Design Studios), general contractor (Brechbill and Helman), and others to help make this vision for ministry a reality. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Sunday, September 14, 2008, although the actual groundbreaking did not begin until June of 2009. Our building was completed in August of 2010.
Our facility includes a Worship Area on the upper level that accommodates seating for approx. 500 people. Also on the upper level we have a large lobby area and coffee bar, along with our Nursery. The lower level is where our offices are located, along with our Children’s Wing and Kids ROCK room (for children’s worship and drama), as well as the P.I.T. (our Youth Center) which features a large space for worship and teaching, a classroom, and a game area complete with a pool table, ping pong table, fusball, and air hockey.
We moved in on Sept. 19, 2010 and held Our Grand Opening to the community on Sunday, October 24, 2010.