The MVCC Story
The original vision for a new church in Clovis came from the church planting board of the Mennonite Brethren Church. The board called Fred and Esther Leonard to pioneer the establishment of this new church in the summer of 1993. By the fall of that year Mountain View Community Church (MVCC) with Pastor Fred and Esther Leonard had a core group of 7 other adults.
After 9 months of “incubation” the church was “born” on May 1, 1994. The church had been meeting at Clovis High until May 8, 2005. The church currently ministers to between 800 and 900 individuals each weekend and now resides at its permanent home on Ashlan and Fowler.
On September 2, 2012, MVCC established its Sunnyside campus, at Fancher Creek Elementary School.
In June of 2016 we relocated to Sunnyside High School to reach a greater number of people in our community. This location is where our services are currently taking place every Sunday at 9:30 and 11am.
We are affiliated with the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (www.usmb.org) and the Pacific District of Mennonite Brethren Churches (www.pdcmbc.org). For more information on the history of the Mennonite Brethren denomination go to www.usmb.org/our-story.htm.
We at MVCC-Sunnyside are glad that you’re with us and we consider it a privilege to have you join us. We know that there are many other things that you could be doing with your Sundays. But we’re glad you chose to spend some time with us.
We are here to celebrate Jesus and are glad that you’re here to celebrate with us. In beginning this church we wanted to start a church that we would enjoy and feel comfortable in. We also felt that there were others who, like us, would like a church that was casual, relaxed, relevant to our lives, joyful, full of the power and presence of God and a place where no previous church “experience” was needed. God has been blessing us ever since. We are encouraged as we continue to see people begin a personal relationship with Jesus, be baptized in water and filled with the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God is alive and well and wants to be a part of all of our lives. He is a powerful God who has much to give us. In fact, He wants to fill our lives with joy and fulfillment. We enjoy seeking God and would like to seek Him with you. One of the ways we do this is through our Sunday services, but we also seek God through small groups that meet in people’s homes and by playing on baseball, basketball and other sports teams. Furthermore, we seek God in men’s, woman’s and youth retreats and groups.
In my life, God is the most important thing. Only Jesus could fill my empty life and make it richer, fuller and more abundant than it was without Him. I have found that a personal relationship with Jesus is better than a shot that hits nothing but net, a home run, a perfect pass or a cool drink on a hot summer day. My life is complete as I have a personal relationship with Jesus. Nothing else can fill that void in your life or in mine. The best thing is to become a follower of Jesus.
God has given us the passion that we want more—more of His power and presence in our lives. We have an insatiable hunger and unquenchable thirst for the things of God. I know that you have that hunger and thirst too, and MVCC is a good place to meet Jesus, the only one who can quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger. Jesus tells us that we need to ask, seek and knock and then we’ll receive, find, and doors will be opened. As we do this God fills us and satisfies us. We grow in His power and presence, we are ruined for the ordinary, and we want more of all God has for us.
Let’s take this incredible journey of life together, with Jesus. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Any suggestions on how we can greater meet your needs, let us know. May God bless you as you spend time with us today and in letting us get to know you in the future.
John Richardson, Campus Pastor