First Christian Church

41481 W. Morgan Ave.
Pennington Gap, VA 24277

With all the busyness of life around us, it’s good to find a place to feel welcome and be known on a first name basis.  The First Christian Church is a great place to do just that.  You can come as you are and find encouragement, no matter where you come from, whatever you’re facing, or wherever you are on your spiritual journey.

First Christian Church is a non-denominational church made up of imperfect people, who make up a community of faith.  We are not big on “religion”, but we do think that a relationship with Jesus Christ is the most amazing thing that any human can experience.

We as a church want to love people in practical ways so that others cans see what God intended for them.  We believe there is a better way to do life, and our relationship with Jesus is the key to understanding the difference.

Our Mission is to bring people into a real relationship with Jesus Christ and each other; being one in worship, service, and reaching our community.

What is the next BIG thing at First Christian Church?  We hope it is YOU !!!

Members of First Christian Church, Gate City Virginia
Members of First Christian Church, Gate City Virginia

A Brief History of First Christian Church

The idea of a separate Christian Church in Pennington Gap appears to have originated with Mattie Mabel May and her husband Samuel May. While attending a 1904 revival in Tazewell, VA they encouraged the preacher, A. E. Robertson, to come to Pennington Gap for the purpose of holding a revival and to begin the effort to establish a Christian Church. After the death of her first husband, Mrs. May became the second wife of W. B. Moore, (minister of First Christian 1931-1947, longer than any other).

The church was initially organized on May 14, 1909. A. E. Robertson is thought to have held meetings in 1909 in a tent on Joslyn Avenue 100-150 yards from the present church.

The original building, consisting of a sanctuary, was dedicated on July 31, 1910. The original building is still used for worship to this day.   Construction of the Sunday School addition took place during the ministry of Glen Daugherty 1949-1951. The cost of the building was approximately $15,000, however, this was just the outside shell of the building. Remodeling was accomplished later – through funds furnished in memory of Clarence Spies and H. L. Perkins.  A fellowship hall was added to the building in the mid-1980’s.  The family life center was built in 2009.

First Christian Church, Gate City Virginia
First Christian Church, Gate City Virginia