History

History Summary

In 1803 Barton Stone and four other ministers organized the Springfield Presbytery in Kentucky, the beginning of the Stone-Campbell movement that produced the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  That same year another Kentuckian, William Clark, and his friend Meriwether Lewis, began their journey that led them up the Missouri River that would take their Corps of Discovery to Montana.  They spent over a month in the area of Great Falls.

In 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright completed the first flight of an airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  That was the year an artist cowboy named Charlie Russell built a log cabin studio next to his home in Great Falls, Montana for his painting and sculpting work.  And that spring the Disciples built a church in the young city of Great Falls through the efforts of the Montana Christian Association, the predecessor of the Christian Church in Montana.

The Central Christian Church has a different location from that first church started by the Region in 1903.  We have a “new” sanctuary where we can gather and share memories, fellowship, and worship in a place we know as a house of God.