Dome on the range

Tonya Fennel: CNJ staff writer

Meeting on the tailgate of a pickup truck in the middle of a field, three Clovis families dreamed of acquiring the property and building a church where people could worship free from preconceived notions about religion.

With a monolithic dome constructed from steel and cement, the Body of Christ Community Church was born from that vision and now sits completed just east of the roundabout at Norris Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard.

Founding member Cindy Mitchell said a Bible was buried in the foundation of the church along with scriptures written by members as a token of the church’s desire to be based on scripture, she said.

The church members plan to dedicate the building in a special service on Sunday.
“This is a dream come true,” Mitchell said.

The church’s pastor, Skip Clark, and members gathered Thursday morning to recount their crude beginnings and share stories of what the church means to them.

Once the land was acquired, Mitchell said a small group rented a large yellow tent to hold worship services. Members sat on lawn chairs and used a portable toilet.

“We had lots of visitors,” Mitchell said, “but some never came back … maybe it was because we were too crude.”

Founding member Tim Ashley laughingly recalled wondering if the eastern New Mexico winds would carry the portable toilet away.

When the weather turned cold in October, members purchased a metal building to use as a church. Church member Celeste Ashley recalls hanging lanterns in the building for light.