Our History

A brief history of Community Covenant Church, 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. 18 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 30th 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 worship together for one year and CCC continues support and collaboration. Additionally, a homework help club and neighborhood playgroup for parents and young children begin.
  • 2017-2018 Remodel of church building includes new windows, doors, flooring and improvement to sanctuary space.
  • 2020: Community covenant partnered with Table Covenant for the annual Covenant Kids Congo 6K fundraiser and was recognized by Covenant Kids Congo as a rockstar church.
  • 2021: Revs. Ryan & Devyn Chambers Johnson pursue God’s calling and accept positions with Covenant Congregational Church in North Easton, Massachusetts.

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