As a “free church” which owes much to the Protestant Reformation in Europe in the 16th century and the Anabaptist notion of local churches composed of professing believers who have accepted believer’s baptism, Christian Community Church supports its own ministries, chooses its own leadership, solves its own problems and disciplines its own membership. We receive no government aid. We are accountable to God and His Word, not to a denominational hierarchy. These distinctives are part of a two-thousand-year-old scriptural tradition.
CCC was begun as a result of the missionary interest of Bible-teaching, independent churches in the USA, many of them Bible churches, independent Baptist churches or other independent works. These churches were formed in response to the growing influence of liberal theology and neo-orthodoxy in the mainline denominations, which had once been more evangelistic and scripturally based. The churches channeled their missionary efforts through a non-denominational faith mission agency (then known as WEFMinistries, INC. of Langhorne, PA, and now as Biblical Ministries Worldwide, INC. of Atlanta, GA), one of many faith missions organized after WW II to evangelize European nations in the grip of traditional religion and secularism.
Fred and Trudy Vermeulen, Dutch missionaries with WEFMinistries, began a French-language ministry in Luxembourg in 1973. Several English-speaking people began to attend after about a year, but had difficulty participating due to their limited knowledge of French.
The Vermeulens encouraged their co-worker, Miss Lyn Meisky, to begin a woman's Bible study with several English-speaking ladies.
The ladies Bible Study became the catalyst for gathering the core group of families who first met in March 1975 for a worship service in English, attended by nine adults and eight children in Limpertsberg.
April 1975 representatives of the committed families first met to organize Christian Community Church.
Sunday morning attendance soon exceeded capacity in the meeting room in Limpertsberg -- 42 seats -- and the English language group looked for new facilities. The Lord opened an opportunity to rent two adjoining stores at 11, bd. Pierre Dupong -- one a grocery store, the other a butcher shop, both with roomy basements. After a seven-week remodeling effort the new premises were dedicated in February 1976.
March 1976, the CCC constitution was signed, officers were elected and the process of forming a non-profit association was begun -- a task completed in June 1977. Fred Vermeulen became full-time pastor of the English-language ministry, since Tim and Kathy Heijermans had completed language training in France and had taken responsibility for the French-speaking group, which shared the new facilities with CCC.
In March 1980 Fred Vermeulen accepted administrative responsibilities in Germany at the request of WEFMinistries. Dave Rozelle, who had come to Luxembourg with his wife, Lenore, in the spring of 1978 to minister in German, took over the pastoral leadership. The Rozelles ministered to both the English- and German-speaking groups through September 1986, when they moved into full-time work in German.
Tim and Kathy Heijermans, who had been serving the French-speaking group, were asked to replace the Rozelles beginning in October, 1986.
Increased attendance by the end of 1986 led the church to approach the American International School of Luxembourg about the use of their auditorium for Sunday morning meetings. The school's administration graciously approved the request and CCC began meeting in this new facility in January 1987. The auditorium of the International School of Luxembourg continues to serve as the church’s meeting place on Sunday mornings. We are grateful for ISL’s readiness to make their magnificent facility available to the community in this way.
Continued growth necessitated the formation of a relocation committee in the late 1980s, which studied options for procuring a permanent facility. After saving for eighteen years to purchase property, CCC signed for a permanent facility on the rue du Dernier Sol in Bonnevoie in November 2005.
The storefront meeting room on the rue du Dernier Sol in Bonnevoie, called the Lighthouse, was dedicated in September 2007.
Search for Associate Pastor intensified
Associate Pastor Joël Meyer welcomed to CCC to serve alongside Rev. Timothy Heijermans