History of Christ's Church
We are an unaffiliated Baptist church that began in 1963 under the name West Side Baptist Church. They began meeting in a store front at 514 4th Street West under the direction of Ron Storz, who served as the Pastor until 1966. In July, 1964, the fledgling congregation purchased a house at 2331 Lewis Avenue previously used by a Lutheran Congregation. On July 4, 1971, the growing Baptist congregation held a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new church building on that same property. With an investment of over 4,000 volunteer hours, the new church building on the corner of Lewis Ave. and 24th St. W was dedicated for regular use, by Pastor Ed Anderson on Christmas Day, 1971.
In December of 1977, 20 acres of farm property at Monad Rd. and 32nd St. W were purchased and construction of the present church facilities began. At the time of the construction’s completion, in September of 1979, the church was located on a gravel road in the middle of vast open farm ground. Over the years, the church congregation has voted to sell portions of unneeded acreage to residential developers. The sale of the land, combined with the growth of Billings, resulted in the building being ideally situated at a busy intersection, surrounded apartments and subdivisions.
This construction project was carried out under the direction of Pastor Lynn Howe, who was called to be the Senior Pastor in December of 1973. Pastor Lynn’s 42 years of faithful ministry to the congregation makes him the longest serving Pastor in the church’s history. In the fall of 2015, Lynn and Peggy Howe moved to Laramie, Wyoming to assume new ministry responsibilities.
Jonathan Mauger began his ministry with the congregation as an Associate Pastor in April of 2011. Lynn and Jonathan labored together as co-Pastors for a few years, until Lynn completed his pastoral ministry with the congregation.
In October of 2017, the church congregation voted to operate under the new name of Christ’s Church of Billings. While we are committed to remaining an unaffiliated Baptist congregation in keeping with the church’s history and historic Baptist beliefs, the general consensus was that it was the right time to establish a renewed and clear sense of identity and purpose, as we desire to courageously walk into the future with Christ.
In 2019 Jonathan informed the church that we needed to begin the process of appointing a new Senior Pastor. The church pursued the pastoral selection process throughout the fall and early winter of 2019. Then in January of 2020, the church called Wes Muller to be the Senior Pastor.
The church has been blessed by many wonderful Associate Pastors. Pastors Mel Gemmill and Bob Marlow are two Associate Pastors who continue to bless the church with their presence and involvement. Mel provides sound counsel and discipleship to the leadership and Bob serves with music team.