Who We are

Our Mission

Glorify God by connecting people to Jesus and one another.

Our Vision

To share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, ANEW!

Our Core values

Vibrant Congregation
We are a retirement community church that is vibrant, active and energetic. While challenges may present themselves at this stage of life, we seek to live to the fullest, enjoying each day the Lord gives us.

Always Growing
While we have a lifetime of experience, we understand that God is always working to grow and change us. Therefore, we are life-long learners who seek to grow in our knowledge and understanding of God and His Word.

Loving Others
We are a loving congregation and care for those inside and outside our church family. We value hospitality, fellowship and compassion as we offer people a place to belong.

Unselfish Generosity
Believing that everything we have is from our generous God, we are generous with our time, financial resources and God given abilities. Just as Christ gave His life, we want to give of ourselves and our blessings for the sake of the Kingdom.

Elevating Christ
We put Christ and the Word of God at the heart of everything by prayerfully pursuing His will for ourselves and our church family. We try to follow His teachings in all we say, do and believe.

Our History

Believing in God’s Word and Spirit

In early 1990, Bellevue Heights Church (Sun City) had a vision of beginning a new church in Sun City
By early 1993, a Core Fellowship had been formed; with Dr. Bill and Janice Kearns called to be our
church “planters”.
The name, “Palm West Community Church”, was chosen. “Palm”, because of its abundance in the
area and its symbolism in the Bible. “West” designated our location and “community of service”.

Attendance exceeded 100 by the spring of 1994 and a church building council was selected in the fall.

In just seven months, Palm West went from its first worship service to becoming a reality.
Church membership had grown to over 180 and attendance had exceeded 200 when the initial
building phase was completed. By 2003, membership exceeded 350.

In 1997, Dr. Dave Gallagher, along with his wife Mary Ann, was called as our first full-time pastor.

Due to its caring reputation throughout the local community, Palm West Community Church (PWCC)
came to be known as the “People Who Care Church”.

In 2006, the church transitioned from “American Baptist Churches” to “Transformation Ministries”.
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In 2009, Pastor Bruce Schipul, and his wife Christy, began their ten-year ministry at Palm West. The
church continued to grow under his leadership.

In 2019, Pastor Jim Powell, and wife Stephanie, joined our church as Senior Pastor. His particular
leadership provides strong emphasis toward enhancing our role as a caring church and reaching
additional people for Christ.

As a non-denominational church with people of varied backgrounds, we strive to fulfill our mission to
“Glorify God by connecting people to Jesus and one another.”

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