2019 BCC celebrates 95th anniversary!
Branson Christian church will celebrate its 94th birthday in 2018. As one of the oldest churches in Branson, we are thankful for the 25 people who first came together in 1923 to organize a Church Sunday School. On June 24, 1924 the church was officially organized. In 1925 the Christian Women's Fellowship purchased a lot on the corner of Commercial and College streets for $290. Two adjoining lots were given to the church by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parnell. Construction began in the spring of 1926 and the first service in the new building was on Sunday, August 29, 1926. The original building was one story, with the main entrance on Commercial Street.
In 1952 plans were drawn up for a new sanctuary, office, nursery, kitchen, classrooms, and choir room for an estimated cost of $45,000. With a second story sanctuary, the original basement church became the Fellowship Hall. The new building was dedicated on June 2, 1957. A building north of the church was purchased and became the annex. In 1973 the Founders Chapel and the Albert Parnell Memorial Window were dedicated. The chapel is located next to the sanctuary with an adjoining prayer garden. The large stained glass window was given by the Parnell family in memory of Albert Parnell, Sr. In the 1990's the Parnell and Kornmeier families donated the beautiful windows in the sanctuary in memory of Patricia Parnell Kornmeier.
Fortunately our building was high and safe from the floods that were common in Branson's history. While the church was growing, the little town of Branson grew even more and became the popular tourist destination it is today. Many members of Branson Christian Church were active leaders in Branson as it grew. Ozark Mountain Christian Church was organized and is our sister church in Merriam Woods. In 2007, the church established the By the Way Thrift Shop in the annex building. The Thrift Shop has become an important ministry for our church. It is run by volunteers who address some of the physical and spiritual needs of our community.
On February 29, 2012 a tornado hit Branson and damaged the roof and east wall of the building. The rock wall and roof have been repaired and the landscaping is better than ever before with a new donated Butterfly Artwork centerpiece and Meditation Garden with benches in the front of the Fellowship Hall. We are proud of our historic church and want it to be a welcoming place to all as we proclaim God's love.