Community Bible Church was birthed when a group of Sunriver employees held a Christmas service in 1969. This led to weekly Bible studies, and by 1973 regular weekly services were being held in the Great Hall Fireplace Room at the Sunriver Resort under the direction of Dr. Sam Osgood. The church was officially incorporated as Sunriver Community Church in November, 1973 with twenty charter members. In 1976, David Dunning was called as the church’s first pastor followed by Pastor Cliff Stratton in 1981. In 1977, the church purchased the present 3+ acre parcel, and in 1982 groundbreaking took place for the sanctuary. In 1989 a two-phase expansion project doubled the size of the sanctuary and added offices and classroms. The vision of the church has always been that it would be a strong evangelical church in the community. In addition, it would be non-denominational and seek to build its beliefs and practices on biblical teaching rather than tradition or congregational preference. The church today has an average attendance of 235 worshippers each Sunday, and a membership of 137.
Sunriver, Oregon is a unique destination resort and residential community located in Central Oregon about 15 miles south of the city of Bend (pop. 80,000+). At an elevation of 4,200 feet, Sunriver sits in the beautiful pine forests of the leeward side of the Cascade Mountain Range. The area boasts of sunny days, cool nights, and plenty of snow in the winter to support a variety winter sports. The permanent year round resident population of Sunriver proper is about 2000 with as many as 10,000 guests on any given day in the summer months or on holiday weekends. Just to the South of Sunriver lies the unincorporated areas of Three Rivers, Fall River, with an addition 20,000 residents. Sunriver is situated on the Deschutes River and a former site of Camp Abbott- a U.S. Army engineering training center during World War II. The area abounds with golf courses, lakes, mountains, rivers and Mt. Bachelor, a world class winter sports recreation area (www.mtbachelor.com).
We are evangelical in our understanding of the gospel, conservative in our theological convictions, and biblical in our approach to ministry and outreach. Our church is committed to clear and compelling expository preaching (verse by verse). Our purpose is to transform lives through the truth of the Word and thus we are considered a “teaching church.” We value a plurality of leaders, discipleship of all ages, and a redemptive perspective toward people. Those who visit often take note of our excellence in children’s ministies, the warm welcoming atmosphere, the high degree of lay involvement in ministry, and the unique mix of all ages and backgrounds in the church.