Christian Worship Center Church of God began as a home group made up of people in the Zillah area attending Church at Christian Life Center about 16 miles away. When the home group grew to about 36 people, it was decided to investigate the possibility of starting a satellite church locally.
The church was organized in the summer of 1987 and thus began the adventure. An adventure that has taken a handful of committed Christians from an unorganized group of believers with simple faith to a church of people who believe God can do anything-if we will just let him.
The vision of the church was impressed upon the leaders early in the formation of the congregation. Build a ministry center where believers can not only worship to the Lord in freedom and in the Spirit, but have an opportunity to develop their gifts and calling. This not only became the name of the the church but also defined it. Now, after some years of building a campus with a vision of preparing for ministry, the church has committed to impacting the world for Jesus.
CWC has been led to the belief (by experience and Biblical heritage) that if you believe big, in harmony with your vision, God will do big things with you. That is the passion that gives the church momentum and focus. Our church believes that God can (and will) do great things before Jesus returns and will use any church that believes big. So we do.
Pastor Gary Conner came to Christian Worship Center from Christian Life Center where he was teaching the adult Bible study. He had previously served two congregations as senior pastor. He and his family had settled in the Yakima area after their last assignment and were helping in a teaching capacity when the young congregation in Zillah began looking for a pastor. After holding services for the CWC congregation for a few sundays, Reverend Rodney Jeffords, Administrative Bishop of the Church of God Regional Office appointed Pastor Conner to pastor the young congregation on August 3rd, 1987.