The Farmer family recruited a small band of relatives and friends to bring the new church to a reality. They rented space in an elementary school and hit the pavement, literally going door-to-door, inviting people to the first service at Foothills Community Church. On September 15, 1985, 69 people showed up – some because they were committed to the vision, some out of curiosity, and some seeking a church home in which to nurture their faith.
Since that first Sunday service, Foothills has grown to a healthy, mature body of Christian believers, with its own buildings and property (a miracle story in itself!). But Pastor Jon realized that God didn’t want him, or his congregation, to become satisfied with status quo. He knew the purpose of the Church is to “go into all the world” to bring the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to everyone. God’s command was the beginning of a new vision: to prepare Foothills to “give birth” to another church in another newly-developing area.
Meanwhile, Jon and Connie’s middle child, Dusty, was busy growing up, getting married, starting a family – and receiving his own call to ministry. And, like his grandfather and his father before him, it was a distinct vision to plant a new church. God’s voice was clear, and He brought Dusty, Jamie, and their three young children to Sahuarita, Arizona.