The Community Church of Mill Valley was founded in 1925 “to provide a Christian fellowship where all who are searching for the meaning of life, regardless of background, might freely worship and serve.”
The brown-shingled church sanctuary dates from 1930 and was designed by church members to reflect the rustic character of Mill Valley and to blend into the grove of redwoods on the property. The congregation voted to become a part of the United Church of Christ in 1962.
Throughout our church’s long history, certain core values have endured: spiritual curiosity, loving support, and social action. One hallmark of the Community Church has been “bringing impossible projects to fruition.” From constructing the church building, to creating and staffing a low-cost daycare center for working mothers, to founding the much-loved Redwoods retirement center, to arranging life-saving surgery for a young Ugandan and helping him set up his ministry for AIDS orphans in Africa, our church has confronted important needs and forged ahead.
Another Community Church hallmark is the long, unbroken line of intellectually challenging, deeply committed, and spiritually-open ministers who have led the congregation from its earliest beginnings. The Rev. Dr. Stephen Hinerman, our Interim Minister, takes particular care to deliver sermons that are founded on scripture, yet acutely aware of the historical and cultural context of that word and what it might mean for our everyday lives this moment in time. As someone who has over thirty years experience in the University setting as a teacher of public communication, and who has spent decades preaching in various churches, Stephen is particularly interested in making worship lively, vital and relevant for the lives we live in the 21st century.
If your spiritual curiosity is stirred, come visit the Community Church of Mill Valley. We welcome all who search for life’s meaning to share their journey with us.