Igniting a passion for Jesus in New England

Our History

Walnut Hill Community Church was born out of a passion for doing God’s work in Connecticut and around the world.  Its history is a story of men and women willing to follow God’s leading into unchatered territory and willing to trust Him to do extraordinary things in and through them.

Birthed out of a home Bible study in 1981, seven couples dreamed of a church that would commit to preach the Word of God, welcome people of all backgrounds, raise up the next generation and share the Good news of Jesus in their community and around world.

From the day the church’s doors opened in 1982, the grace of God could be felt as 80 people began gathering in a local hotel.  Within 18 months, the church nearly doubled in size and a family was called to the mission field.

With children’s and youth ministries in full force, adult classes and more, the church began outgrowing rented facilities.  By 1988, 350 people called the church home.  Ministry flourished as members were led to begin a camp, an inner city mentoring program and missions sending organizations.

By 1995, construction on the church’s first building was completed and services began being held at 156 Walnut Hill Road in Bethel.  With room to expand, the church began programs to promote healthy homes, be an irresistible influence in the community and first articulated a calling to become a regional resource in New England.

God’s blessing continued and by 2004, the church had completed its first expansion project and was now 1,200 people strong.

In 2005, a fresh emphasis on prayer was birthed and within seven months hundreds of people committed to pray an hour a week so that the church could cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in prayer.

Ministry again flourished with new ministries: women began serving in the local prison, church partnerships were initiated around the world and evangelism became the heart cry of the church.

By 2010, Walnut Hill had grown to 2,000 people, the building had been renovated again and there was no longer room to grow.  With a commitment to seeing people meet Jesus, a unified elder board led the church into launching satellite campuses.

Over the next two years four campuses opened their doors, bringing Walnut Hill deeper into Connecticut. Campuses were launched in Waterbury in 2010, Seymour in 2011, Derby and New Milford in 2012.  With a desire to see an even greater impact in the Valley, in November of 2017, the Seymour and Derby campuses came together to form a unified Valley Campus in Derby.

Over the last 10, more than 1,200 people have surrendered to Jesus through the ministries at Walnut Hill.

Last year alone, 2 million people were impacted through Walnut Hill’s global partnerships, 500 children in five communities participated in summer camps, youth were sent and served across New England.  The homeless were cared for, prisoners were visited, at risk boys and girls were mentored, schools were supported, marriages were restored, families were comforted, freedom was found in Christ.

God is not finished with Walnut Hill yet.

We are a unique family of every age, stage, diverse backgrounds and walk of life called to ignite a passion for Jesus in Connecticut, New England and around the world.

We are a family Seeking God, Caring for One Another, Serving Together and Reaching Out.

As we look to the future, through transformative biblical preaching, wholehearted worship, sacrificial prayer, intentional discipleship, dynamic leadership development and great empowerment we believe that the people of Walnut Hill will again be used by God to do extraordinary things in and through them.

Join us as we seek Him together and step out in faith.

Pastoral Leadership

We are thankful for the pastoral leadership that God has provided Walnut Hill over the years:

Brian Mowrey, Adam DePasquale, Craig Mowrey               2016 – present

Clive Calver         2005-2016

Joel Eisdness       1992-2005

Doug Muraki       1987-1990

Bill Wheat           1982-1986

2016 Leadership Transition

In October of 2016, Walnut Hill’s members voted to affirm a change the way the church should be led. This transitioned the church from one senior pastor to a team leadership model where three pastors, Brian Mowrey, Adam DePasquale and Craig Mowrey, serve in partnership as lead pastors, taking on the traditional responsibilities of senior pastor while continuing to oversee and advance key areas in the life of the church. (I copied this from http://www.walnuthillcc.org/our-leadership/)

Learn more about the team model and Brian, Adam and Craig’s roles. Http://www.walnuthillcc.org/lead-pastor-team/

Learn why we are adopting a team leadership model. http://www.walnuthillcc.org/why-a-team-model/