Phoenix Bible Church is planted in October 2014 with a mission to see "Love Move" in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Following the dissolution of the Phoenix campus of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, a group of determined people, led by Pastor Tim Birdwell, consider the possibility of planting a new church "from the ashes". Phoenix Bible Church is established and begins evening gatherings in downtown Phoenix at Grace Lutheran Church.
Phoenix Bible Church begins gathering at ASU Preparatory Academy in downtown Phoenix on Sunday mornings. A deep connection is formed with people in the downtown community, specifically, in the Historic Garfield Neighborhood.
Given one month to find a new gathering location, God provides an opportunity for Phoenix Bible Church to begin gathering on the campus of Phoenix Christian Preparatory School in the Historic First Methodist Church chapel. A partnership begins with Phoenix Christian as Phoenix Bible Church focuses ministerial efforts on the people of Central Phoenix.
Phoenix Bible Church celebrates five years and adds a second full-time staff member. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, livestream and production infrastructure is updated to care for a socially distanced church. The partnership with Phoenix Christian progresses with mutual facility investments and campus enhancements.
Community Groups experience transformative relationships while gathering weekly in homes across the Valley. Record generosity is experienced as Phoenix Bible Church gives away an entire Easter offering of $40,509 to the Gem Foundation in Kampala, Uganda. Following the addition of a second Sunday service, attendance grows to a high of 450 people in the fall of 2022. The church's second homegrown missionary is commissioned to South America, and the staff team expands from two to seven.
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A Year of Unification
February – April
Initial meetings begin with Phoenix Bible Church’s leadership team and Bethany Bible Church’s leadership team regarding the potential of the two congregations unifying as one church. Pastor Tim Birdwell shares at a Vision Night in March about the early conversations regarding a possible union as one church. Bethany’s leadership team shares with the congregation that a exclusive phase of exploration has begun to examine the potential of a union with Phoenix Bible Church.
May – July
Pastor Tim Birdwell preaches at Bethany’s Sunday service in May. As the union discussions progress, both congregations hold prayer evenings with the respective leadership teams. Pastor A.C. Caswell preaches at Bethany’s Sunday service in June, and in July, Pastor Tim, Music Director Kyle McLain, and PBC Worship lead an entire Bethany Sunday service.
August – September
Leadership teams begin meeting every Monday night to work through key factors of the potential unified church and regularly share affirmed details with both congregations. Both congregations come together to serve alongside each other in August. The college and young adults ministries of both congregations plan a joint mission trip together.
October – December
The leadership teams of both churches unanimously vote to approve the union of both churches as one Phoenix Bible Church. A celebratory night of music and prayer is held in November, and a joint Christmas Eve service happens on the 7th Avenue campus.
January - Current Day
Both congregations officially come together as one Phoenix Bible Church on Unification Sunday, January 22, 2023, on the campus at 6060 N 7th Avenue.