The Camelback Church of Christ met for the first time on January 9, 1966, at its present location. Prior to that time it was known as the Twelfth Street church of Christ, with its meeting house located at 12th Street and Indianola Avenue. One hundred forty-four families made up the Camelback congregation the first year.
The original eldership consisted of T. Evans Brown, Noel H. Cherry, Richard Pectol, A. J. Moore and Dave Shough. Glen Hampton, Leo Hennington and Stanley Guthrey also served as elders during the early years. Avis C. Wiggins served as the evangelist at the 12th Street location and moved with the congregation to Camelback. Other pulpit ministers through the years have included: Homer Putnam Reeves, James D. Groves, Mort Utley, Dan Woodroof, Ron Bryant, Penny Nichols, Theo Jones and current minister Ryan Bitikofer.
In 2001 the Camelback Church planted a new congregation in the northeast valley. Several Camelback families formed the nucleus of the new congregation, which was supported by Camelback and overseen by the Camelback elders until it was able to become independent. That congregation is now known as the North Valley Church of Christ.
The Camelback Church building sits on a 5-acre plot at the base of Camelback Mountain, centrally located between Phoenix and Scottsdale. The auditorium seats about 700 people. In 2008-2009 a major construction project renovated the educational wing, library and offices, and added a multi-purpose fellowship hall of more than 3,000 square feet.
In 2008 the church began a ministry and outreach to the deaf and hard of hearing. A deaf preacher, Brian Baell, was added to the staff to work full time with the deaf and to conduct worship services and Bible studies in American Sign Language. He was succeeded by Mark Lowenstein, also deaf, who currently ministers to a growing congregation of deaf and hard of hearing who meet in their own facility in the Camelback building.
Today the Camelback Church of Christ is a racially, ethnically and culturally diverse family, bound together by Christian love and the desire to be a shining light to the community around us.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11