Our present can only be possible because of our history. A history that began with the burden and self-sacrifice of Carl and Mary Hill. The Hill’s were retired and living in a time of life when most people slow down and enjoy what they’ve saved for their “golden years”. That may be fine for many people but not them.
Carl and Mary had a great burden to minister to children and so decided to begin a church. Services began on Sunday, May 27, 1962 in a storefront on John R in Madison Heights. Attendance for their first service was nine. Five of those in attendance were adults and four were under 6 years of age. But, children were what they were relying on. Children – grow them and you will “grow” a church. No internet, no fancy printing equipment just simple flyers handed out by the children that “drew” and then “grew” a small congregation.
They cashed in their retirement to allow their congregation to continue and expand. In 1966 they moved to a building on Lincoln Avenue and built a sanctuary and two additions. Growth continued and in 1977 they purchased an elementary school on Gardenia Avenue and remodeled it in April 1979. In Spring of 1993 we moved into our present location on Dequindre Road.
We hope First Church in Sterling Heights can be for you what it has been to so many….a home where you can “grow” your children to know God and trust that in an unstable world they have a “rock” they can cling to. First Church desires to be a church that promotes family, community, and love for one another.