Our Church History
Reverend E. N. Murphy organized two Sunday schools in 1910, one at Pierce Park and the other at Collister. Both communities were without a Sunday School or preaching services during this time.
In May of 1912, Dr. George Collister gave the land and a generous amount of cash to the Presbyterians to build a county church. At that time, the Collister area was all farm country. Dr. Collister had this provision: The church was to be of brick, to cost not less than $2,500 and to be completed on or before January 1, 1913.
The generous offer was this: If the above request is carried out, “I will deed you the lots on which to build the church and give you a specified amount of cash, and if you still owe anything on the building at the time of its dedication, “I will help you raise the money that it may be dedicated free of debt.”
The offer was accepted by the Boise presbytery – the present building was erected and dedicated free of debt on November 3, 1912. The total finished cost with equipment was $3,500. The Presbytery assembly held services for many years but eventually outgrew the building and around 1940, the building was abandoned.
Local farmers then used the empty building to store hay, until a brother in Christ named Ken Reese held a gospel tent meeting in Boise. At the close of the meeting, a group of 20 to 30 people wanted to continue studying the Bible. They found the abandoned church building was for sale and was being considered by someone who wanted to make it into a tavern, but the Lord had another plan!
Brother Ken and this small group of believers made an offer of $3,500 which was accepted and the transaction was completed in 1945. The building was in bad repair, hay was stored in it and animals wandered in and out. With all donated labor, it was renovated and used by the small group for church services and bible study and was known as ‘Collister Bible Hall’.
Ken Reese built a small two bedroom house on the west side of the church property and lived there for many years. He also built a home for his mother on the east side of the church using donated funds and labor.
In the mid-1970’s the name was changed to ‘Collister Community Church’. Sermon responsibilities were rotated among several brothers in Christ, including Ken Reese, John Church (former Boise Chief of Police), Mark Lynn, Phil Lyn, Corbett Lynn, Carl Struthers (Carl’s Cycle), and Bob Klein.
In 1990, Corbett Lynn became the full time pastor of Collister Community Church, and soon the church began the ministry to get the gospel message out to the masses. Funded entirely by donations, Collister Community Church has spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ by billboard and television commercials seen throughout Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
The congregation had outgrown the little church building, built almost 95 years ago, and in 2005 completed building a new 300 seat sanctuary attached to the west side of the existing fellowship building. Our first service in the new sanctuary was held October 2, 2005.
Russ Bedard and Mike Bales are Associate Pastors and have been understudy’s of Pastor Corbett Lynn for many years.
“Come and See!” (John 1:39) for Sunday School (10-10:30 a.m.) and Sunday Service (11-12 noon), we will look forward to seeing you!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”