A multi-generational, contemporary church has united its two congregations under one roof.
On July 17, Pastor Steve Markowitz of Legacy Church delivered his weekly sermon to his 100-plus congregants at one time in one place. Prior to last Sunday, Markowitz presented two services weekly, one in Oro Valley and the other in East Tucson. Now, church services are held Sundays at 10 a.m. in one central location in the Embassy Suites, 3110 E. Skyline Drive in the Catalina Foothills.
“It was a wonderful service. I’m really excited about it,” Markowitz said afterward. “It was great to have everyone come together.”
The service marked the second time both campuses have held a joint service. The first was on June 5.
“It was the first time everybody saw most of the people from the opposite campus. We held the service with the intention of pulling everybody together and creating that unified environment,” the pastor explained.
Making a move, says Markowitz, “wasn’t on the radar but we felt it was something we were supposed to do at this stage.”
Legacy Church, an Assemblies of God church, has served Tucson for more than a year. More contemporary than traditional, it relays “real-life messages that don’t just sound great in theory, but have real-life applications,” says Markowitz.
Three values drive the church – reaching people, building family and changing lives. This multi-generational congregation enables young and old to worship together and pass on a spirit-filled legacy to the next generation.
Markowitz, 47, and his family – wife Anne-Marie, daughter Kristen, 21, a senior at Vanguard University in Southern California, and son Andrew, a senior at Ironwood Ridge High School – moved from San Diego to Oro Valley in June 2009 to set up Legacy Church. It is the ninth church the pastor has established and the sixth in which he is the head pastor.
Like the recent merging of his Tucson churches, the move to Tucson was unexpected but welcomed. Earlier in his career, he had ministered in Phoenix. He had visited Tucson to watch his daughter play softball, and felt himself drawn back to Arizona.
The joining of the two churches under one central roof should allow Markowitz and his worship team to focus their energies on fulfilling Legacy’s mission and values. Until last Sunday, Markowitz would start the Oro Valley service at 9:30 a.m. and then quickly drive 17 miles to the eastside in time for the 10:45 a.m. service.
One community service the pastor is using the extra time for is to serve as chaplain of the Oro Valley Police Department. He was appointed by Chief Daniel Sharp in May, and is now beginning the tasks of creating the program, building relationships with staff members, and sharing how he can be of help.
His 26 years experience as a pastor will help facilitate his duties as a chaplain, which include giving invocations and benedictions, helping with death notifications and ministering to those in need of prayer or guidance.
For more information about Legacy Church, visit www.thelegacychurchonline.com or call the church office at 275-5562.