The church of Christ was founded by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; it was prophesied by Him in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock, I will build my church.” The church’s existence was confirmed by the apostle Paul, when he encouraged early Christians to, “Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.” (Romans 16:16).
In keeping with the commandments of God and with the assistance of the Plaza church of Christ, our congregation was established in 1941 as the Fifth Street church of Christ. In time, the congregation grew and in 1950 moved to North Church Street. Our first worship facility was built in 1960 on land donated by a member and became known as the Burton Street church of Christ. As the Lord continued to add to the church, a larger facility was purchased in 1972 on Parkway Avenue to accommodate the growth. The Parkway Avenue church of Christ also experienced growth and concluded that the Lord could be served more effectively in a larger facility and at a new location. After much prayer and planning, the Parkway Avenue facility was sold in 1991 and property was purchased in the Hidden Valley community with the intent to build a new worship facility. During this time in our history, Hidden Valley Elementary School and Garinger High School served as temporary worship facilities. In 1994, God answered our prayers and led us to purchase an existing facility in the UNC-Charlotte area, and we became the University church of Christ.
On January 12, 1997, for the first time in our history, scriptural organization was set in place with the ordination of elders and deacons. The University church of Christ is home to Christians from diverse backgrounds and locations. Although diverse, our love for the Lord has brought us together. Our congregation strives diligently to take on the “mind of Christ” (Philippians 2:5). Our mission is to carry on His work. We strive to do so by following the commandment given by Jesus in Matthew 28:19, 20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We also carry on His work by serving mankind who is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). Jesus stated in Matthew 20:28, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” We serve mankind with our food and clothing ministries, benevolence assistance, nursing home worship/visitation services and community outreach efforts. To God be the glory for all that we do in His name!