The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew out of two movements seeking Christian unity that sprang up almost simultaneously in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky – movements that were backlashes against the rigid denominationalism of the early 1800s.
Thomas and Alexander Campbell, a Scottish Presbyterian father and son in Pennsylvania, rebelled against the dogmatic sectarianism that kept members of different denominations – and even factions within the same denomination – from partaking of the Lord’s Supper together.
Barton W. Stone in Kentucky, also a Presbyterian, objected to the use of creeds as tests of “fellowship” within the church, which were a cause of disunity, especially at the Lord’s table.
“Christians,” the name adopted by Stone’s movement, represented what he felt to be a shedding of denominational labels in favor of a scriptural and inclusive term. Campbell had similar reasons for settling on “Disciples of Christ” but he felt the term “Disciples” less presumptuous than “Christians.”
The aims and practices of the two groups were similar, and the Campbell and Stone movements united in 1832 after about a quarter of a century of separate development.
The founders of the Christian Church hoped to restore Christian unity by returning to New Testament faith and practices.
February 9, 1961 a group of interested people met with the Christian Church Commission to discuss the creation of a new Disciples of Christ Church in Moore.
On Palm Sunday, March 26, 1961, the first service was held with Rev. Clarence Pruett bringing the message. In May of that same year five acres were purchased at 629 NW 12th Street for the purpose of building the new facility. An existing church building was moved to the sight in September 1961.
An educational building was completed in 1964 and a new sanctuary was added in 1971.
In 2003 a tornado destroyed the facility but not the church. The members continued to meet in a rental space on Broadway until the new building was completed in March 2005. God has truly blessed this ministry and we continue to bear the fruits of the Spirit.