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The Christ’s Church Family

Christ’s Church is a community of people from all walks of life whose goal is to help others become lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. We wish to extend His influence locally and globally. Christ’s Church is a place where anyone, regardless of race or religious background, can hear the Word of God in an exciting, clear, relevant, and meaningful way. Application of the Word is essential to daily life in order to first, become a follower of Christ and, second, to become victorious and effective in the believer’s walk with Christ.
Our Service Times are:
Sunday Worship: 10:00 A.M
Sunday Children’s Church: 10:15 A.M
Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study: 10:00 A.M. & 7:00 P.M

Christ’s Church Free Will Baptist is located at 431 West Ocotillo Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona 85140. We are on Ocotillo just west of Ironwood. Our regularly scheduled services are Sundays at 10 AM and Wednesdays at 7 PM. Our phone number is (480) 435-1668.

When you arrive, someone will greet you at the door, hand you a copy of the day’s program and show you to the auditorium. Feel free to ask one of our greeters to give you a quick tour of the facilities. If you have children, we have a nursery and children’s classes that teach the Bible at a child’s level. On Sundays, there will be a musical prelude, video announcements scrolling on the video screens, congregational singing, special music and a Bible message from our pastor.

If you don’t have a church background, don’t worry about your wardrobe. We have people who dress up and those who dress down for church. We’ll look forward to having you with us. Feel free to sit and observe or actively participate. Feel free to ask questions. We would be happy to provide more information about Christ’s Church. We’ll look forward to having you with us.

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Pastor Howard Gwartney

Howard Gwartney is a native of Oklahoma and began preaching at the age of 15. He attended Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, Oklahoma and married Patsy Thomas in 1975. Pastor Howard began formal ministry as a children’s and youth pastor, followed by pastoring churches in Colorado and Missouri. In 1986, Pastor Howard planted the East Valley Free Will Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona where he served for nearly 17 years. Afterwards, he taught pastoral classes at Southeastern FWB College in Wendell, North Carolina for 3 years. In December of 2007, God called Pastor Howard back to Arizona to plant Christ’s Church FWB in September 2008.
In his free time, Pastor Howard is a chaplain with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. He has been an ultralight pilot, gone skydiving and scuba diving. He enjoys riding motorcycles, going cowboy action shooting, eating Mexican food, and playing racquetball.

Pastor Matt Thomas

Pastor Matt grew up on the missions field in Greeley, Colorado where his family served at Highland Hills FWB Church. He attended Gateway Christian College and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Pastoral Theology and Music. After college, he served as youth minister at First FWB Church in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. There he met Caitlin Honeycutt, and they were married in 2012. Matt and Caty have four children: Avonlea, the twins Eloise and Ezra, and Alexander. Their family answered God’s call to move to Arizona and join the staff of Christ’s Church FWB in 2019.
For fun, Pastor Matt enjoys building computers, date nights with Caty, woodworking, and learning military history like World War II.

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