United Church of Sun City
United Church of Sun City, 11250 N. 107th Ave., was the first church established in Sun City.
The church was formed by Dr. Walter Witt and his wife, Gladys, who moved to the new retirement community in May 1960.
Members of various denominations held initial services at Oakmont Recreation Center, but as attendance grew Dr. Witt eventually applied for a charter from the United Church of Christ and acquired the property on 107th Avenue.
When the church originally opened it included parishioners from over 60 denominations.
The original structure has remained primarily unchanged, although the lush lawn has been replaced by desert landscaping.
The campus itself, however, has greatly expanded over the years. The Olive Branch Senior Center now exists on the property just south of the sanctuary and fellowship hall. Operated by Banner Health, the facility provides a low-cost lunch and other activities to residents.
Archive photos courtesy of the Sun Cities Area Historical Society. Current photo by Bret McKeand/Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA
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