Idaho Falls church of Christ

Our congregation is striving to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to Idaho Falls and the surrounding area. Join us on Sundays and Wednesdays for worship and Bible study.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Sunday
Bible Class 10:00 am @ the building
Worship Assembly 10:50 am @ the building
Potluck Fellowship Meal 12:00 pm @ the building (3rd Sunday)
LIFE Groups varies @ member's homes
Monday
Ladie's Coffee 7:00 pm @ Crystal's house (1st Monday)
Tuesday
Men's Game Night 7:00 pm @ Kyle's house (2nd & 4th Tuesday)
Wednesday
Bible Class 7:00 pm @ the building
Thursday
Men's Bible Study 7:30 am @ the Villa (East)
Late Breakfast Fellowship 9:30 am @ Dixie's Diner
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9

Our address is 2650 Plommon, Idaho Falls, ID 83401


See our location on Google Maps.
  • When coming from Utah via I-15
  • Take exit 116.
  • Turn left onto Sunnyside.
  • Take the first right onto Outlet.
  • Continue straight as Outlet curves and becomes Bellin.
  • Turn left onto Plommon.
  • The building will be almost immediately on the right.
  • When coming from Montana via I-15
  • Take exit 118.
  • Turn right onto Broadway.
  • Turn left onto Bellin.
  • Turn right onto Plommon.
  • The building will be almost immediately on the right.
  • When coming from Rigby via Highway 20
  • Continue straight as Highway 20 becomes Grandview.
  • Follow Grandview as it curves left and becomes Bellin.
  • Turn right onto Plommon.
  • The building will be almost immediately on the right.
  • When coming from Arco via Highway 20
  • Turn right onto Bellin.
  • Turn right onto Plommon.
  • The building will be almost immediately on the right.
  • When coming from Ririe via Highway 26
  • Turn right onto Broadway.
  • Turn left onto Bellin.
  • Turn right onto Plommon.
  • The building will be almost immediately on the right.
  • When coming from Shelley via Highway 91
  • Turn left onto Sunnyside.
  • Turn right onto Outlet.
  • Continue straight as Outlet curves and becomes Bellin.
  • Turn left onto Plommon.
  • The building will be almost immediately on the right.
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Upcoming Events...

Homecoming

All former and current members are invited to come fellowship, worship and share a meal with us! On both Saturday and Sunday, opportunities are provided for catching up and reconnecting. Hope to see you there!

  • Sat, 6:30p

    Desserts and Singing

  • Sun, 10:00a

    Coffee and Donuts

  • Sun, 10:30a

    Worship

  • Sun, 12:00p

    Share a potluck meal

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

It's like being a part of a big family. Maybe you've heard the story from Aesop about a farmer who wanted to teach his sons a lesson? One day he told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, 'Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.'

As brothers and sisters in Christ, we've chosen to stick together. We've chosen to support and encourage each other. It's not always easy, but it's definitely always worthwhile.

Our Vision

Our purpose is to LOVE God with all our being, to SERVE one another in love, to SPREAD the gospel of Jesus, to BUILD up the body of Christ, and to MATURE in the faith to the very end.

We are a group of Christians that strive to worship God the same way the first Christians did, and in that way continue the unity that Jesus prayed for. And there are other groups like us, across the United States and all around the world. We have no central organization - but we have a common cause: to be the church as it was when first instituted by Jesus in the first century. The Bible teaches us that our practices and teachings must be by the authority of Christ.

More information about churches of Christ can be read at Wikipedia.

Our History (1951 - 1959)

The church in Idaho Falls, Idaho was established on April 29th, 1951. During 1951, Calno and Claudine Newton and their children moved from Texas to Idaho Falls. They were members of the Church of Christ in Texas. The Newtons put an ad in the paper asking people who were members of the church to call. One person called, Mary Massengale. She and her two small children and the Newtons began meeting in their homes.

In 1952, several families who were members of the church moved to Idaho Falls to work at The National Reactor Testing Site (known today as The Idaho National Laboratory or INL). Some of these were Warren and Peggy Smith, John and Marsha Brown, Frank Vanlandingham, and Gene Reno. The church was now meeting in a large upstairs room in a building on Broadway.

In 1953, the church continued to grow and other members included Clyde Vanlandingham, Lloyd Smith, Alvis and Lorraine Newton, Levi-and Elna Berry, John and Ona Seward, Morgan and Floy Warzel, and Mr. McKinsey.

By 1954, the church began to look for a building to buy to use for a meeting place. A building previously owned by a small denomination was purchased. Gene Reno did most of the preaching.

Over the next few years the church continued to grow. Jim and Reba Elliott, Faye Nisle, Nita Byrom, Fred and Jennell Pope, John and Marlene Young, Grady and Fay Newton, Jerry Edson, Madison and Cleo Holroyd, Gene and Wanda Evans, Charles Gilmore, Jerry and Addie Fulfer, Dick and Dessie Statues, Bill and Millie Statues, Charles and Janet Ragland, Foy and Mildred Simpson, Martin and Inez Choate, Homer and Myra Anderson were among the new members.

C. W. Kidwell was the first full-time minister. Lewis Oldham followed C. W. Kidwell in 1959.

Our History (1960 - 1978)

In 1960, a new auditorium was added to the church building. The members did most of the work. Money was tight and the church could no longer support a full-time minister so the men took turns preaching. Joe Barnett, a speaker for Herald of Truth, held a Gospel meeting. The church was blessed and continued to grow. Herald of Truth radio was sponsored by the church and later Herald of Truth television for many years.

In 1961, Gerald Black was hired as a full-time minister. By 1968, attendance was averaging 100 on Sunday mornings. That year the church rented the Civic Auditorium for a city wide meeting. Wayne Emmon did the preaching and Clio Edred led the singing.

During this period several congregations were started in Jackson, Blackfoot, Arco, Challis, and Salmon. Several men of the congregation went to these congregations to preach. Jim Elliott preached in Jackson, Blackfoot, and occasionally Arco. Others that preached included Foy Simpson, Madison Holroyd, and Gene Reno.

In 1971, Wayland McClellan and Jim McGee worked together as ministers for the church. Attendance was now averaging 115. The Elders began plans to build a new building to handle the growth. The next preacher was Preston Winchell followed by Herman Pope.

In 1974, three Idaho Falls teens went to Lubbock, Texas to become part of the new AIM (Adventures in Missions) program.

Somewhere near the end of the 1970’s or early 1980’s the church began the Palisades Christian Camp. This camp was held at times at the YMCA campground at Big Elk Creek, and at times at the Girl Scouts’ Camp outside of Swan Valley. This camp continued until about 1998 mostly under the stewardship of Jerry & Velma Edson.

Our History (1979 - 1982)

By the end of 1978, the building fund stood at ~$48,000. Much of this fund may have come from the sale of a building lot bought earlier that had appreciated in value.

In 1979, Cliff Utter was the preacher. The church building and the preacher's house on 15th and Lee were sold for roughly $75,000, and the church met in Skyline High School while the new building was constructed at 2650 Plommon Road. The building lot at this location was purchased for roughly $55,000. During this time, the church also began sending regular support to Alvin Luther for the Philippines mission.

By early 1980, the building fund was at approximately $70,000. Construction began on the new building, but it appears there was not enough money to complete it. $150,000 worth of bonds were issued for additional construction funding at an interest rate of ~11.5% with staggered maturities ranging from 1 to 15 years and a payback obligation of ~$400 per month over the 15 years. Steve Henley served as the full-time minister at this time.

In 1981, church pews were purchased for $10,500 and the congregation moved into the new building. The year-end financial report showed an income of roughly $75,600.

Our History (1983 - 2001)

Dennis Winebarger was hired as full-time minister in 1983, and he served faithfully for 18 yrs until 2001 when he and his family moved to Durres, Albania to help plant a church there.

In 1990, the church began supporting Veronica Rudolph in a Hungary mission, which continued until November 1996.

In 1993, the church began sending regular support to Clio Eldred for his prison ministry. In addition, a special work fund was set up using funds from the sale of Foy and Mildred Simpson’s house, which was donated to the church in their will. In 1994, the parking lot was re-sealed and the church building was re-roofed using funds from the special work fund. In addition, the church purchased 160 new songbooks for $1,368 with a memorial gift from friends of the Simpsons who were not local members.

In 1996, the church discontinued supporting the Herald of Truth program. Mike Tkachyk was hired as a full-time youth minister on June 1, 1996.

In 1997, regular support for the Ghana West Africa mission was undertaken, continuing the support previously provided by a few individuals. Monthly support for the Richards family in Tirana, Albania also began during this time. The Richards’ original mission effort later evolved into a relief campaign for Albanian refugees from the Serbian war for many months, involving lots of donations not involving the Idaho Falls church. However, the church continued to support them personally. Also, the church sponsored a Bible Bowl this year.

The church purchased a 1994 Dodge van for ~$17,000 in September. In November, Mike Tkachyk & 4 teens were involved in an accident with the church van on a Cascade College High School Days trip. There were no serious injuries.

In 1998, a teen mission trip to Mexico was planned, but it is unclear whether it actually took place.

In 1999, support for a Nigeria mission work was provided.

In 2001, the church sent 3 families (11 members) to Durres, Albania to plant a church. The Winebargers, Smiths, and Lynn Hunt were among the early missionaries, and were later joined by Ty Pope. Mike Tkachyk, the youth minister, became the full time pulpit minister at this time. The last Bible Bowl sponsored by the Idaho Falls church was held in November of this year.

On April 29, 2001, the Idaho Falls, Idaho church celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The church at this time was overseen by five Elders: Homer Anderson, Jim Elliott, Mel Kuykendall, Les Pope, and Dennis Winebarger. Past Elders were Madison Holroyd, Foy Simpson, Gene Burbidge, Gene Reno, Martin Choate, and Don Smith.

The deacons at this time were Jerry Bolm, Jerry Edson, Gary Hunt, Fred Pope, Rob Pope, and Patrick Smith. Average attendance was 131.

Our History (2002 - present)

The Smith family returned to America in March of 2003, and the Winebarger family returned to America in September of that year. Lynn Hunt returned to America in May 2004, and Ty Pope returned to America in July 2005.

In 2005, the church took over sponsorship of the church in Pogradec, Albania when the Morrill family returned to America. A monthly budget for the mission work in Durres was also established at this time.

In 2006, the church hired Danny Aragon as its pulpit minister following the resignation of Mike Tkachyk. Also in 2006, the Palisades Christian Camp was restarted under the directorship of Rob Pope and Doug Barber. For the first year, a small 4-day camp was held at the YMCA campgrounds at Big Elk Creek. 33 Staff helped put the camp on for 33 campers. In 2007, the camp expanded to a full week, and seven campers were baptized at their home congregations following the camp. In 2008, two campers were baptized, with the camp witnessing its first baptism during camp in the cold waters of Big Elk Creek.

In 2007, the Wheeler family, who was sponsored by a Wisconsin church, left Durres and returned to America in January. At this point, no American missionaries remained in Durres. Xhumert Nyro, the Pogradec minister, emigrated to the U.S. in September. Cimi Kafexhiu continues to be supported as the Durres minister.

In 2008, Danny Aragon resigned as pulpit minister due to family problems. The men of the congregation stepped up and took over the preaching duties on Sunday mornings on a rotating basis while the elders searched for a new preacher. During this time, the church resealed the parking lot as a temporary measure to avoid the costly expense of resurfacing the entire lot.

After a long search, Lyle Newell was hired as the pulpit minister in 2010. Three years later, he was replaced by the current minister, Charlie Delong. For three years, Charlie taught and inspired us with his teaching and enthusiasm. In 2017, he and his wife decided to pursue a new opportunity elsewhere and the congregation hired our current minister, Andy Burns, to replace him. We believe Andy and his family are a great addition to our congregation, and we pray that the Lord uses him to make a great impact in Idaho Falls!

Our elders today are Gary Hunt, Rob Pope, and Kyle Allbritten. The deacons are Doug Barber, Gary Brush, and Lynn Hunt.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Are you looking for encouragement? Looking for heartfelt worship? Looking for smiles and handshakes? Looking for help studying the Bible? We can offer you all of that and more!

Welcome to the church of Christ in Idaho Falls.

We are blessed with a strong, loving fellowship that embraces all generational, racial, and financial groups. We share our lives in many ways: we worship together, take trips together, pray together, have LIFE groups in each others' homes, and study the Bible together. We would be honored to have you visit with us!

Need to speak to someone? Call Andy, our preacher, at (208) 522-6001.


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