From Humble beginnings
The first home of Ankeny Christian Church was in a founding member's basement. By October 23, 1976 people from 11 families had become members. On November 21, 1976 Ankeny Christian Church was officially chartered.
In the fall of 1977 negotiations were begun for the purchase of land for a future building site. The Regional Board gave its approval for the purchase of five acres of land on SW 3rd Street approximately two blocks west of SW Linden.
By early 1979 the congregation had grown to 102 members from 48 families. On Easter Sunday, April 15, the congregation hitched itself to an old hand plow and broke ground for the first unit – a 5,000 square feet multi-purpose brick building.
On June 19, 1988, ground was broken for a sanctuary. Plans called for not only a sanctuary that would seat approximately 250, but also for an administrative unit that would include the pastor’s study, secretary’s office, work/storage room, classroom, coat room and restroom. These new facilities would add approximately 5,000-square feet, in essence doubling the size of the church.
In January 1997 the congregation voted to reach out in mission to the community by building a community life center to contain a gymnasium, eight classrooms, a kitchen, two offices, restrooms and storage to house a Christian child care center and provide recreational, exercise, study groups and cultural opportunities for the congregation and community. In May 1997 the construction began and it was completed in October 1997.
The community of Ankeny experienced dramatic growth in the early 2000s going from a population of 27,000 residents in 2000 to 45,000 by 2010.
A large capital improvement project called Revitalize began in 2010 and was completed three years later. This campaign raised funds that assisted with the installation of a new roof on the entire church building, remodeled bathrooms and entry way, a new and expanded parking lot, along with new landscaping around the church, and lighting inside the church.
Mission projects at the church also expanded during this time to include many international adult mission trips to such countries as Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and others. Youth mission trips to such places as Arkansas, West Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa were also completed.
Social activities such as Mid-Week Mayhem programming and Parents Night Out were established. A significant amount of time and effort was devoted to expanding youth programming and mission activities at the church. A wonderful partnership with the Ankeny Christian Childcare and Pre-School business led to many families establishing membership at the church.