Our Story

Wilsall Community Church has been shining the light of the Gospel in the Shields Valley since 1934. It was formed during an evangelistic awakening that had started in Park County, Montana, which saw Sunday Schools and special meetings held in churches, county schools, and in old hotels. A highlight of those years was in the Fall of 1931 when the well-known evangelist Billy Sunday came to Livingston for six weeks of tent meetings. People from the Wilsall area were willing to travel 30 to 50 miles to hear the precious preaching of the Word.

In the Spring of 1933 the Pepper Sunday School was started by Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Pepper, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Pulis, Milton Pulis, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell McClung, and Mr. and Mrs. John Gjerde. That Sunday School was then called the Wilsall Community Church in 1934 and met in the old Landis Hotel across the street west of the railroad depot.  The unity that the Holy Spirit brings through faith in Jesus (Eph. 4:1-6) was on display as these people from a range of denominational backgrounds joined together with a common desire for Bible teaching and a place to worship Jesus. Even today, we take seriously the task of maintaining that precious unity as our common love for Jesus and trust in His Word binds us together in the body of Christ. 

It is incredible that God used these individuals to do a work in 1933 that is still going on today. What might God do with your faithful service to Him in this moment in history that will reap a harvest, not only in 40 or 50 years, but even into eternity?
 In 1944 the church purchased their long-time building which had previously been a newspaper office and a candy store and is at present the Crazy Mountain Veterinary Clinic east of the Co-op. In the late 1990s, work was begun on developing the church site where we now meet on Liquin Hills Lane.

Praise the Lord for the countless hours of labor spent over nine decades to provide the church body with a well-maintained building in which to meet, worship, and fellowship!
  There have been at least 13 men who pastored Wilsall Community Church since 1934. Some of those men volunteered their time as pastor while they worked other jobs to feed their family. A couple of pastors were supplied through the Rural Home Missions agency which focused on aiding rural churches who couldn’t pay a full salary on their own. And many of these pastors were fully supported by the saints in Wilsall.

Wilsall Community Church has, by God’s grace, been used to glorify Jesus, to edify and equip the body of Christ, and to proclaim the good news of salvation to this valley and around the world! May the Lord be pleased to use our current efforts for the same great cause for the sake of His great Name!