Christ Community Church sprang up from Oakleigh Christian Fellowship [Greenwood, VA] in 1987, arising from a two year conviction to pray for Charlottesville. Oakleigh had been birthed in the Jesus Movement of the late 60’s and had planted five other churches during the mid-1970s.
From the beginning, CCC has endeavored to be a congregation that lives out the balance between the Truth of God’s Word and the dynamic work of the Holy Spirit, believing that we’ve been called by God to embody this value in Charlottesville.
On April 26, 1987, we held our first service at Walker Middle School in Charlottesville. John Manzano, with his wife Alyson, was the senior pastor. This small flock trusted God for something new in Charlottesville that would honor him, and worked together to see it established. Exactly 5 years from our first service, April 26, 1992, we were able to dedicate our own building.
From this point, our congregation multiplied rapidly. From this growing group we were able to continue our vision for church planting by sending out a team in 1998 to plant Blue Ridge Community Church [Greene County]. David and Amy Butt oversaw this new work, which has since planted 2 new churches of its own.
In the first decade of the 21st century, CCC has continued to seek God’s glory in building community, extending the mission of Christ, and worshipping in Spirit and Truth. The founding pastor, John Manzano, retired from full-time pastoral ministry in 2010. Bill Copeland, who had served as co-lead pastor since 2008, then assumed senior pastoral duties. Tom White and Geoffrey Maurer were ordained as pastors in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Looking forward, CCC seeks to continue to “Be, Make, and Plant” in Charlottesville for Jesus’ glory. We want to see the Church throughout Charlottesville continue to grow and thrive, playing our role faithfully as God will lead.