History of Cordova Congregation

The congregation met for the first time on December 18, 1977 at Auburndale School on Germantown Road.  In April 1978, the present land was purchased on Macon Road.  A building was constructed on the property and the first services were held in July of 1979.  In September 1984, an addition expanded the auditorium’s seating capacity.  Also added was an educational wing and fellowship hall.  In June of 1988, a new educational building was completed.  For several years, the facility also housed a Harding Academy of Memphis elementary school.  In 1995, the present auditorium was constructed, along with several offices and the old auditorium was converted into the fellowship hall.  In 1996, the church purchased the house next door and has used it to house preacher students and their families as they attend the Memphis School of Preaching.

 

The church is located on 5.21 acres on Macon Road approximately, one-half mile west of Germantown Road.  The property has four buildings – a 450-seat auditorium and office building, an education building, a fellowship hall and Mother’s Day Out building, and a preacher student home.

 

Ministers Who Have Served:

1977-1982 – James Usrey

1982-1983 – David Miller

1983-1986 – Carlos Gupton

1986-1990 – Richard Youngblood

1991-1998 – Mike Hixson

1998-2011 – Jerry Martin

2011-2016 – Rick Owens 
2017-present – Bruce Hatcher

 

 

‟We L O V E the people of the Cordova congregation.  Their love for the Lord and His gospel is shown through their FRIENDLINESS; their earnest sense of closeness and oneness of purpose; their emphasis on biblical soundness; their concern for the world and preaching the gospel; their benevolent outreach; their thoughtfulness, kindness, and dependability; and their generosity to meet needs for PRAYERS, solace, helping hands, and financial assistance.” – LeRoy and Annette Leigh, members

 

‟When the church first started meeting in Cordova, we found it such a blessing not to have to drive into Memphis to find LOVING PEOPLE with which to worship.  Services here were then on Sunday evening only – Bible study at 5:00 pm, with worship services following.  For a while, we attended services on Sunday morning at the Macon Road congregation, but before long, we fully put our energy into helping this young congregation grow.  It was such a blessing to our children to learn about hard work and serving others, while working for a common cause in establishing the congregation in our area.  We fondly remember when we fellowshipped in each other’s homes because we didn’t have a fellowship hall – and especially recall the first FELLOWSHIP we attended in A.C. and Marie Ivey’s home.  The members here are so loving.  Wonderful memories!” – Joyce Hall, member