Welcome to our church!
Christ Church Santa Fe was literally prayed into existence by a core group of dedicated Christians who began meeting weekly to pray in the spring of 2001. Soon after the prayer group was formed, the Presbyterian Church in America advertised in the Santa Fe New Mexican expressing their desire to plant a PCA church in Santa Fe. By that time, the prayer group had grown to include 30 people who were meeting at the Hilton Hotel on alternate Sundays. In September of 2001, the group selected the church name Christ Church Santa Fe and invited several candidates to come and speak, one of whom was Martin Ban, pastor of a PCA church in Kansas City, Missouri. The group unanimously chose to invite Martin to be the founding pastor for the new church plant, and early in 2002, Martin accepted the call and brought his wife Mari Anne and their five children to settle in Santa Fe.
In August of ’02, the congregation began meeting on Sunday mornings for worship services in the cafeteria of the Santa Fe Community College. But as attendance grew from the initial 50 attendees to approximately 180 by 2006, it became important to find a permanent home. The leaders acted quickly when the opportunity arose that year to purchase an existing church building and five acres of land at 1213 Don Gaspar Avenue, and through God’s blessings and the generosity of the CCSF church family and friends, the congregation was able to cover over 90% of the purchase price in the down payment. We celebrated our first worship service in the newly renovated building on August 10, 2008, almost six years to the day after our first meeting at the Community College.
Church growth accelerated after moving to the corner of Don Gaspar and Cordova. In July 2012, we initiated a giving campaign in order to enlarge the structure and replace the original separate children/youth building. By the time the church moved into the expanded facilities in January of 2014, the entire new structure was fully funded. As a part of that campaign, the CCSF also built four churches in Rwanda and Tanzania; all those churches are also in full operation.
In September of 2015, founding Senior Pastor Martin Ban resigned from Christ Church Santa Fe to become President of Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. In June of 2016, Christ Church Santa Fe called Greg Schneeberger as Senior Pastor. The church is thrilled to welcome the Schneeberger family to CCSF. Greg and wife Caitelen really “get” Santa Fe as both call Albuquerque their hometown. Santa Fe is still the same as it was when just a few people were meeting to pray about planting a new church: we walk with the people of Santa Fe so that together we will deeply believe and share the Gospel of Jesus and be an ever-growing faithful presence to the city and beyond. God has truly blessed and guided Christ Church Santa Fe thus far and we trust in His continued presence among us for years to come.
Worship Arts Center
Heart and soul poured into every beam; the Worship Arts Center stands as a bright open space for worship. Strong clean lines of the cross finish out the vertical emphasis of the sanctuary.
Opposite the altar, the mosaic of Christ reminds us of Jesus’ presence in our daily lives. Hand-made by a New Mexico artist and forgotten in a barn for many years, we are very grateful to have this inspirational work of art watch over the Worship Arts Center.
Situated below the mosaic, our Italian marble baptismal font is hand-carved. A bas-relief of three fish encircle the rim.
If this is your first time here or your millionth, feel free to stop in and ask about our church. We’re happy to give you a tour.
The Ascension of Christ Mural
The Ascension Chapel was built as part of the Christ Church Santa Fe expansion completed in 2014. The church wanted a “crowning piece” of permanent art to capture the spirit of the Christ-centered culture of Santa Fe in light of its Spanish roots. The mural was created by Oaxacan artist Maricruz Sibaja, a former resident of Belen now residing in Los Angeles.
Maricruz brings a distinctive personal aesthetic to her representation of Jesus in the mural. She says, “I see the Jesus I know as being strong without losing his compassion”. The challenge of “The Ascension” was to convincingly set forth the paradox of Jesus…clearly anointed with authority and purpose, yet still a man of gentle hospitality.”
We invite you to spend time in the quiet, contemplative chapel.