Compassion Christian Church first met on Feb. 9, 1964, in downtown Savannah. On March 29, Charles Raum became the first pastor. In May the charter membership roll showed 149 members.
Within a year the church purchased five acres on Tibet Avenue. On July 11, 1965, the first building was completed. The growing church soon needed more space, and on March 20, 1966, the east Educational Unit was dedicated. Charles Raum died in July 1968, and the church welcomed its next pastor, Elbert Lilley. In early 1969 another expansion of the Educational Unit was approved and a new 400-seat sanctuary was constructed.
In August 1971 Elbert Lilley moved on to another ministry. Fred Brown served as senior pastor until February 1976. In June of that year, Charles Turner began his ministry, overseeing the expansion of the west wing and a new fellowship hall, both dedicated in 1983.
Charles Turner resigned in August 1984 and within a month the Lord sent Cam Huxford to serve in his place. Cam has devoted more than 25 years to Compassion Christian Church and has helped build a strong pastoral staff dedicated to developing exciting programs for all ages.
On February 9, 1992, a new worship center seating 800 was dedicated. Continued growth required multiple worship services. Sunday morning classes for all ages required dual sessions, and in 2001, the church began offering services on Saturday evenings.
Today Compassion Christian is a multi-site church where 7,000 people worship each weekend. Our Henderson Campus at 55 Al Henderson Blvd. includes a 1,300-seat Worship Center, a coffee bar, The Source bookstore, classrooms and offices. In 2006 the church opened The Link, with offices and program space for middle and high school students. In 2010 the church purchased an adjoining property just across the street that houses the Adult Ministry Center.
The East Campus is located at 9150 Old Montgomery Road. The Effingham Campus meets at 810 Fort Howard Road in Rincon. Downtown meets downtown at The Lucas Theatre. Compassion Christian's newest campus meets at 410 S. Zetterower Ave., Statesboro.