History of The Church at Sunsites
Sometimes the adage "What goes around comes around" can be good news . . . as with the life journey of Ted Goodnough, the pastor that was, and then wasn't, and now is again . . . and of the block building on the southwest corner of Treasure Road and Dale that was a Baptist church, then wasn't, and now is again . . . This is especially good news when the mission of both the man and the building is to spread the age-old Good News to modern man.
This story begins in July of 1994 when Sid and Jolene Garrett of nearby Pearce (Sunsites) gathered ten or so people in their home for the first worship service of the fledgling Valley Baptist Church. They held weekly services as they grew a body of believers and raised funds to pay for the block building that missionaries from Texas and Missouri would build over the next few years.
The first worship service in the completed building was February 23, 1997. Under the guidance of a series of traveling pastors, a six-year leadership of Pastor Ed Radmore, and a seventeen month call by Pastor Don Churchfield, circumstances resulted in the closing of its doors. The building lay fallow for a season.
In 2010, Pastor Dave Morris of Benson Heights Baptist Church, sought a new pastor for the revival of Valley Baptist in Sunsites. The call went out, and Ted Goodnough accepted.
Since then, Ted and Peggy, who Ted says was made to be a pastor's wife, have led a steadily growing fellowship of believers in the block building now named "The Church at Sunsites." Thus, what goes around can come around for good, especially when the Lord is involved. Early in 2015, construction began on a new addition to the original building. The addition will provide classroom space, eating area for "Koinonia" dinners, and whatever else the Lord's will might be.
The Church at Sunsites is a participating member of the Cochise Baptist Association and the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. The Southern Baptist Convention was orgainzed in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, and has grown to over 16 million members who worship in more than 42,000 churches in the United States. Southern Baptists sponsor about 5,000 home missionaries serving the United States, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean, as well as sponsoring more than 5,000 foreign missionaries in 153 nations of the world. Working through 1,200 local associations and 41 state conventions and fellowships, Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.