In 2004, a few families from Belton began to feel a God-given burden for the people in their community who were not followers of Jesus and/or were disconnected from the church. So they began meeting and praying for God’s wisdom and direction. Ultimately, they felt God leading them to plant a new church in Bell County.
Within a year a small group of like-minded people had formed, all of them sharing a vision to start a church for people who didn’t think church was for them. One of those couples was Dave and Kim Jeffreys. Dave would go on to become the founding pastor of the church. As the group began meeting weekly in homes, God began adding to their numbers each time they met. During this time, the group also decided on a name for this new church: the Vista Community Church. “Vista” literally means “a new or fresh view” or “a view to something larger.” The group felt like the name “Vista” represented what they wanted this new church to be. They wanted it to be something new and fresh, something that provided a new perspective and pointed people to Jesus.
By the fall of 2005 the group had grown to around thirty-five people and they were quickly outgrowing the living rooms they were meeting in. So they began to set their sights on an official launch date and location for corporate worship gatherings. On January 15, 2006, Vista Community Church held its first corporate worship gathering at Sparta Elementary School in Belton with about sixty people in attendance.
Since that time Vista has seen steady and consistent growth. In February of 2008, after outgrowing Sparta Elementary School, the church moved their Sunday morning worship gatherings to Central Texas Christian School. In May of 2008, the church purchased ten acres of property in West Temple in order to build their own facility. Construction was completed on our current facility in August of 2014 after over eight and a half years of being a portable church.
Over the years, God has continued to bless and grow Vista. And as we’ve grown, we’ve always wanted to hold on to the strong sense of community we felt in those early days meeting in homes. For this reason, we have a strong small groups ministry in order to build and maintain a strong sense of community and mission as a church.
It’s been an amazing journey. Along the way we’ve seen God do amazing work in the lives of individuals, couples, and families. Vista has provided an avenue through which many people have been able to hear the gospel and connect to church for the very first time. Many other people have found a home at the Vista after spending years away from church.
The history of Vista is still being written and we invite you to come along for the journey. It’s been exciting to watch God work so far, and we expect great things in the future.