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Get to Know Us

Community Christian Church is a free and independent church, belonging to no denomination. We are a part of a larger independent fellowship of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. We cooperate together as we choose for worship, education, and missions.

We acknowledge that the Bible is God's revealed Word and our rule of faith. We strive to follow the Bible and be just Christians. We are led by faithful men and women within the congregation in accordance with the New Testament and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The church is made up of people saved by Jesus Christ; people working together to understand life from God's perspective. Together, we serve Him and grow in faith, hope, and love.


Celebrating all God has done!

From our humble beginning in 1984 to the present day, God has blessed our church beyond measure. We are grateful to all those He sent to build the church throughout our history. Each and every member and minister who have graced our halls, whether in a community center, school, or our very own building have truly been a blessing. As we embrace this next chapter for our growing church, we continue to praise God for his faithfulness, and we look forward to seeing what He will do through our church next!

Our History

  • 1982: Charles Faust from Go-Ye Chapel Mission meets with Nancy Wells and Joe Garrigan at Joe's home in Toms River, NJ to begin weekly Bible studies.

  • 1983: The Bible study relocates to the home of Bruce and Dale Garza in Toms River. John Faust, minister of Hunterdon Christian Church, leads the study.

  • 1984: Paul Williams from Go-Ye Chapel assumes leadership of the Bible study group, and begins the search for a meeting place for Sunday worship services.

Pre-Silverton Years

  • Summer 1984: The Mike Hardee Family assume the ministry of the Toms River Christian Church.

  • October 21, 1984: Charter Sunday for Toms River Christian Church.

  • May 26, 1985: Charter Membership closes.

  • June 10, 1985: First Sunday Worship service held at the Silverton Community Center.

  • October 1987: The Steve Dunham family assume the ministry of the church, now named Community Christian Church.

  • 1988: Community Christian Church incorporated under NJ laws. 

Silverton Community Center Years

  • 1989: First VBS held at the Beachwood facility in June; tax exempt status of the congregation confirmed; 5 year anniversary celebrated.

  • 1991: Lincoln Christian College group, under the leadership of Tom Ewald, come for Easter Week.

  • 1992: Community Christian Church holds first independent VBS.

  • 1994: Women's Fellowship hold first retreat in May; 10 year anniversary celebrated.

  • 1995: Reader's Theater presents "The Man Who Said No to God" in May; the congregation's financial commitment/arrangements with Go-Ye Chapel are concluded.

  • 1997: VBS held for younger children in June and older children in August

  • 1998: Building fund established; Construction Team established; congregation approves moving forward with property in Lanoka Harbor

Beachwood Elementary School Years

  • 1998: Church begins meeting at Mill Pond Elementary School in September.

  • 1999: Lanoka Harbor property purchased on January 12th; Change for Change mission program established; 15 year anniversary celebrated.

  • January 16, 2000: Ground breaking for building at 541 Liberty Way.

  • May 14, 2000: Commitment Sunday held for promises to fund the building project.

Mill Pond Years

  • August 13, 2000: First worship service held in our building.

  • September 17, 2000: Grand Opening and Dedication Sunday.

  • 2001: First VBS in our building; afternoon services held at Spring Oak Assisted Living.

  • 2002: First Faith Promise Missions Weekend held to begin Faith Promise Missions Program.

  • October 3, 2004: Congregation celebrates 20th anniversary of Charter Sunday, October 21, 1984.

  • October 13, 2007: Congregation celebrates the 20th anniversary of minister Steve Dunham.

  • October 19, 2008: Elders ordained.

  • 2009: Congregation celebrates 25th anniversary.


Liberty Way Years

Contact Community Christian Church

541 Liberty Way, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734

(609) 242-3740

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