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Our History

"If Church history teaches us anything, it is that we cannot afford to be a vacillating Church."  -Martin Luther

In the beginning...

Our church was first established in San Rafael in 1948, as First Christian Church of San Rafael. Our roots were with the Western Unity Movement, led by Alexander Campbell in the 1820s. In those days, no one denomination had enough Christians to plant a church. Campbell encouraged believers to cross denominational boundaries and join together, creating new churches that reflected Christ’s call for love and unity. Over time, we dropped the “First” and became simply Christian Church of San Rafael. In February of 1978, Bill Berry was appointed Senior Pastor and he would lead the church faithfully through the various movements of the 80’s & 90’s.

A changing climate...

By 2006, it was clear that the cultural landscape in Marin Country had changed. The county had led the nation in post-modern thinking and was now an entrenched epicenter for church decline. The way forward  would require a different ministry strategy. The American Church Research Project contained groundbreaking research on a national database of over 200,000 churches. In it, Marin County was cited as ground zero for post-Christendom in America. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, it was clear to Pastor Bill that it was time for a change in leadership. As a result, in 2007 a pastoral search team was commissioned. After an exhaustive, 12-month search, the team found Pastor Bill’s successor.

same gospel, different season...

In February of 2009, exactly 31 years after Pastor Bill's commissioing,  Pastor Allen Coleman was appointed as the church's tenth vision & preaching pastor. In an unprecedented move, Pastor Allen agreed that Pastor Bill would remain on pastoral staff to help lead the transition. Shortly thereafter, we re-planted as Anthem Church. In September of 2013, after nearly five years of transition and 38 years of faithful ministry, Pastor Bill resigned his pastoral office to pursue other ministries.
We continue in our early traditions of unity by actively pursuing and developing trans-denominational relationships between Biblically based churches in our county through cooperation, combined events and pastoral and cross-congregational friendships.