Our History

A brief history of Community Covenant Church (CCC), Springfield, VA:

  • 1968: Church planted by local Covenant families as suburbs of Washington, DC, grew. Rev. Bruce Lake is named founding pastor. Parsonage purchased in a local neighborhood. Named “Community Covenant Church” to signify its involvement in the community and its Covenant presence in Northern Virginia.
  • 1972: Church officially founded. Met in Hunt Valley Elementary School.
  • Mid-1970s: Land purchased on Sydenstricker Road across from Hunt Valley School and two buildings built: current sanctuary and another wing. Boy Scout Troop 1853 becomes chartered by CCC.
  • 1979: Rev. Jim Swanson becomes pastor.
  • 1984: Two buildings are connected and raised, a basement is built underneath, completing building as it is seen today. A second phase of construction, to build a larger sanctuary, is scrapped following a dispute over the road right-of-way with the county.
  • 1988-89: Rev. Swanson leaves church. His ministry noted as one of ministering to young families who are new to the area. Rev. Eric Sparrman begins ministry.
  • 1995: Church begins to worship in two services. Eighteen people come to faith in one year.
  • 1998: Rev. John Benson begins ministry. The Peniel Church uses the building for worship in Korean in the afternoon.
  • 2002: Sanctuary and basement remodeled. Hedde Bukko ministry raises funds for a grain mill for a village in Ethiopia. Church’s thirtieth anniversary.
  • 2010: Rev. Benson retires.
  • 2011: Revs. Ryan & Devyn Chambers Johnson become co-pastors. Church invited to Navigate Vitality Process with the denomination.
  • 2014-15: CCC implements Vitality Plan to encourage healthy and missional ministries, including partnering to plant Table Covenant Church of Fairfax, VA, with Rev. Michael Han and family. CCC and the core team for Table worship together for one year and CCC continues support and collaboration. Additionally, a homework help club and neighborhood playgroup for parents and young children begins.
  • 2017-2018: Remodel of church building includes newwindows, doors, flooring, and improvement to sanctuaryspace.
  • 2020: Community covenant partnered with Table Covenant for the annual Covenant Kids Congo 6K fundraiser and was recognized by Covenant Kids Congo as a rock star church.
  • 2021: Revs. Ryan & Devyn Chambers Johnson pursue God’s calling and accept positions with Covenant Congregational Church in North Easton, Massachusetts.
  • 2022: Rev. Julie Jane Capel served with CCC for nine months as Interim pastor.
  • 5-2022: Joint services started, lead by Pastor Mike Han of Table Covenant Church of Fairfax, and Community Covenant Church of Springfield with plans to continue through the summer of 2023 every other Sunday. On alternating Sundays, service conducted by Rev. Dr. Kathy Kinzer-Downs of Freedom Church, MD.
  • 9-2022: Church’s fiftieth anniversary celebrated along with TCC’s seventh anniversary.

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