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The focus of Christ Church is reaching new people for Jesus. The church has a deep passion for hospitality, caring for new people, and reaching out in various ways to help others be led to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are a church of the laity committed to follow our Mission Statement, “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”


Christ United Methodist Church was started in 1954, meeting the first Sunday in October. Tulsa expanded toward 41st and Yale and Christ UMC grew as a place for young couples and families. Through a generous land donation, a building was erected at 35th and Harvard and the tower that still stands in the center of the building was also built.  Early pastors were Rev. Wilson Schultz (1954-57), Rev. George Graham (1957-61), Rev. Charles Wells (1961-65), and Dr. Winfred McBride (1965-69).


With the completion of the sanctuary in the 60s, the city of Tulsa was moving rapidly towards the south and east. 


In 1969, Dr. Robert Pierson was appointed to Christ Church.  Working with leaders of the Church, they began to describe  their pathway of discipleship as  “The Christyle” – that is, following the style of living that Jesus had taught,  meaning following in the footsteps of Jesus.  To know what Jesus would do, they turned to the Great Commandment – loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself.  It was out of this the congregation was reborn and re-enthused. It began to grow.


Developments in the life of the church in the 1960s and 70s included the development of a Divorce Adjustment Ministry, the building of a strong "Phoenix" singles program, the continued focus upon ministry with children and youth, and the redevelopment of a strong Sunday School program throughout the congregation.


In the 1980s, a Family Life Center was built and the sanctuary was expanded to seat 800 people. The missional ministry of the church included a focus on South America, particularly doing mission work in Bolivia.


Through the years the ministry style of Christ Church has changed to reflect the need of the community. CUMC offers modern worship as well as classic worship.  Worship services are held not only on Sunday morning, but Wednesday night, and Thursday night. Christ Church organized Widow/Widower Workshops, Divorce Adjustment Workshops, Tuesday Morning Miracle Workers, Habitat for Humanity groups, Cancer Support groups, and a preschool.


During this same period of time, Christ Church sent teams to start new churches in Russia. Today, there are more than 15 churches directly resulting from these efforts.  Dr. Pierson's ministry spanned 37 years (1969-2006).


Christ Church continues to reach out to the community by providing space for Boy Scout Troop 8, foster parents, Kairos, Walk to Emmaus, Tutoring, Restore Hope, and Prison Ministry.


In 2006, Rev. Bob Feist came as Senior Pastor of Christ Church. Since then we have continued to grow under his leadership with programs like Upward Basketball and Cheer, High Impact Hospitality, and Celebrate Recovery. We are a Good Samaritan church with a metro wide reach.  The "Christyle" continues to fuel our ministries.  We are excited about our future as God continues to do great things in and through Christ United Methodist Church.


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Sunday Morning

9:30 am - Classic Worship
9:30 am & 10:45 am - Sunday School
11:00 am - Modern Worship

Other Times

6:00 pm Wednesday - Communion Service
6:00 pm Thursday - Celebrate Recovery

3515 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa OK 74135
Phone: 918-747-8601

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