LAUGHLIN COMMUNITY CHURCH
November 13, 1985 - November 13, 2010
A Brief History
Laughlin Baptist Church started as a sponsored mission of the First Southern Baptist Church of Boulder City, NV.
Phil and Sylvia Workman and their two children moved to Laughlin on September 29, 1985, with the sole purpose of church planting. It was on November 13 of that same year, the mission conducted the first Bible study in the Rio Vista Apartments’ clubhouse.
In 1986, the mission began two Sunday Schools, one in Rio Vista Apartments and the second in Crown Point Apartments, in addition to the worship service held at the Rio Vista complex. On September 20, 1987, Laughlin Baptist Church began worship services in a single storefront at 1631 Cal Edison (South Pointe Business Park owned by RB Properties). Pastor Phil Workman held the Pastoral position until July 1995.
In July 1995, Chuck Downey became the new Pastor of Laughlin Baptist Church and during his tenure, the church relocated its worship services to the Laughlin High School Student Center. Pastor Downey left his position in August 1996 and without a Pastor in hand, Southern Nevada Baptist Association Director Harry Watson became the interim Pastor.
In March 1997, Pastor Gene Lee and wife, Miriam began as Pastor of Laughlin Baptist Church with the congregation still meeting at the high school. The need was felt to be back in the heart of the community and worship services were moved back to two store front units at the South Pointe Business Park in the Spring of 1999.
Within three months the two units had been filled and a third was leased thus expanding seating capacity. What had begun as one store front now became three store fronts with Worship Services conducted on Sunday morning and Sunday evening along with several ongoing ministries.
James Campa came on board as Associate Pastor in June 1999. He was ordained to the gospel ministry by the church on March 30, 2003. As Associate Pastor James conducted the Sunday evening worship service and also worked full-time in the Marketing Department at the Colorado Belle. Pastor James was with the church in this capacity until June 2005 when he moved to Las Vegas. He continued however to serve LCC as pulpit supply pastor.
In June 2001, the congregation voted to change the name of the church to Laughlin Community Church. The congregation longed and prayed for a new church facility to call home as the need for more space was crucial.
The existing building fund project started with a vengeance in 2002. With the help of many fund raisers, individual pledges and a generous donation from a member of the congregation, we were able to procure this property at the corner of Needles Highway and Palm Terrace.
A ground breaking service was conducted with the participation of numerous dignitaries. Construction on the new facility began in the Spring of 2004 and with it the beginning of the new Laughlin Community Church Worship Center.
The first service in our new facility was held on December 18, 2005. The new Worship Center was dedicated to the LORD on March 26, 2006. Our keynote speaker was United States Senator John Ensign of Nevada. Numerous church and civic dignitaries participated in the dedication ceremony.
We conducted our first Service of Baptism using the new church baptistery on February 26, 2006. Twenty people were baptized on that glorious day.
In May 2006, Marilyn Meyer became our new Associate Pastor after completing her studies and graduating from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. This young lady was ordained to the gospel ministry by Laughlin Community Church on March 4, 2007.
In Sept 2012, Pastor Marilyn stepped down and retired as Associate Pastor.
In April 2013, Will Douglas, became our new Associate Pastor, moving here from Virginia.
Pastor Will and wife Larissa, along with their five children have made Laughlin, NV their home and are a great asset to Laughlin Community Church.
Pastor Gene Lee retired after 20 years of service in March 2017. Pastor Will Douglas left the church after four years of service in April 2017.
Interim Pastor Jim Ekbom filled the pulpit in April 2017 and helped guide the church through an eleven month transition period. Pastor Jim left the church in February 2018 once the church completed the search for, and called, a new Senior Pastor.
Pastor Michael “Ryan” Stotler assumed the role of Senior Pastor in February 2018. Pastor Ryan and his wife Starr, along with their three children moved from New Mexico to make Laughlin their new home.
We give all glory to God for He is the One who has brought this to pass. He has great purpose for this fellowship in the years to come.