Eastside Community Church came into existence through God’s
inspiration to two men: Elder Van Covington and Elder Rodney McDowell. In December 1999, Elder Covington started a home-based Bible study where Sandra
Lee, Epifanio Valenzuela, and Lillian Vasquez rededicated their lives to Christ. Shortly
thereafter, these two men, with the support of their spouses, Sis. Frances Covington and Missionary Lamanaca McDowell began
Sunday morning services in the Hilton East Hotel.
The Lord led Elder McDowell to inquire about our Kolb
Road site. With multi-colored chairs for pews, 10 members, and a vision, the Lord blessed us to
begin services there on March 4, 2000. The following Sunday, Chris Lee rededicated his life to Christ,
and the Lee family supported the ministry.
By this time, Minister Steve Newton and family
had joined the group. Minister Richard & Evangelist Pamela Brooks and Mother
Joann Mayo added their support. Mother Valenzuela and Rosemary were received
as honorary members. Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ have come to
lend their prayers and exhortations. The church continues to grow, the Word is being sown, the sick are being healed, prophecies
are being fulfilled, and services are being rendered to the community.
Eastside Community Church of God in Christ’s mission is to be
a light on the east side of Tucson that shines for all nations, kindreds, tribes, and tongues.
We’re standing on God’s promises. For we know he is able to
do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.