Our Story

ThornCreek Church (TC) is a church for people who don’t have it “all together” and for those who consider themselves “followers of Christ”. Our hope is you will discover a friendly environment full of people like you that need the grace of God. Additionally, our prayer is you have a genuine personal encounter with the God who loves you! This could be the beginning of something very special in your life! 
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September 2002

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Pastor Ruben moved from Colorado Springs to Thornton, Colorado with his wife, Grace, and their two-year-old son. They were complete strangers to Thornton, CO! There was no core team and no parent church involved. However, there was a loving denomination (Church of the Nazarene) that generously helped support this work at a financial level. Pastor Ruben walked the streets, knocked on doors, and learned about the community. God gave them a burden and a vision to start a church for the self-sufficient, broken, lost, burdened, and spiritually displaced.

February 2003

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TC had its first “core” meeting at the Fairfield Inn in Broomfield, CO. This was the first public gathering of ThornCreek. There was an expectation that 25 plus people would attend. However, there were a total of seven people that showed up. It challenged the faith of Pastor Ruben. It was during this stage that Pastor Ruben exercised faith and signed a lease to occupy a 21,500 sf building at Autotrol Building (Currently Westgate School) at $8,000 per month. There was a total of two giving families in the church when it was signed.

April 20, 2003

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TC launched its first “public” worship experience. 150 people were in attendance and most were strangers! Due to Fire Code issues, the first service was actually moved at the last minute to the Training Center in Adams County School District Headquarters! TC payed rent in this building and payed rent at Autotrol building for four months!

July 2003

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TC finally moved into Autotrol office building (Currently Westgate School) located at 126th St. and Washington St. It was a huge step of faith! This office building became 24/7 space for TC for the next nine years. During these nine years there was explosive growth. Many ministries were started, including a Christian Preschool, starting a church in south Thornton, adopting a global village, and the well known FEED 5000 event!

August 2012

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TC moved out of the office building and became a “portable church”. This was prompted by new ownership of the Westgate building. This was a big change for many people. TC started to do worship services out of Stargate Charter School on weekends, and purchased a small church building, which became the 24/7 office space for TC staff. God was watching after TC! It was during this phase that TC started Food For Hope, and raised additional funds for purchasing property on Washington Street. God made TC even stronger.

March 2015

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TC purchased 15.21 acres of land at one of the strongest locations according to the the Denver Post. This is located on Washington Street between 136th Street and 144th Street. God was behind this purchase and is strategically positioning TC to make the greatest impact for the kingdom of heaven!

2016

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By God’s grace, construction begins on our new 20,000 square foot building! Initially, this will house all our ministry programs. Eventually, there will be four (4) buildings on this property which will include a Children’s Center, Worship Center, Youth Center, Food For Hope Center (our current after school backpack program that feeds kids in Adams County), a one-acre garden to feed the poor, and a potential coffee/restaurant where all profits go to feeding the poor!