Christian Covenant Founders
Bishop Timothy & Luella P. Witcher
Bishop Timothy Witcher and Pastor Luella P. Witcher started their ministry on July 20, 1969. At the ministry’s birth, it was named Mt. Carmel Community Church and later came to be known as Christian Covenant Church. Being a serviceman in the United States Air Force, their ministry was largely comprised of service men and women at George Air Force Base in Victorville, California. They had a desire to see individuals of all backgrounds and nationalities brought into the Kingdom of God. They continued to reach outside “service” walls into the High Desert as they had a strong yearning in their hearts for the souls in their community. The mission was simple, “convert as many souls as possible.” Bishop was a visionary speaking of spiritual truths regarding the Kingdom of God that mainstream Christendom has come into the knowledge in recent times. As the church continued to expand and the military members deployed to other parts of the United States and world-wide, many started ministries under Bishop and Pastor Witcher’s leadership. One of Bishop’s major convictions and goals was to reach out to his brothers and sisters in Christ to be an example of the unification of the Body of Christ. He preached and tirelessly implored ministers to pray, fellowship together and to work and seek the mind of Christ together. In order to be an example and walk the walk of his conviction, Mt. Carmel joined forces with another local ministry and became known as Christian Covenant Church in 1988.
Bishop and Pastor Witcher expanded their ministry spiritually and naturally having three daughters and three sons and grandchildren. Pastor Witcher stayed at home to rear their children while Bishop pursued income-producing opportunities that made him financially independent outside the church. Bishop also believed and encouraged others to embrace their civic responsibilities to vote, stand up for what is right and mostly to get involved in their communities. He led the City of Victorville in prayer at the beginning of council meetings, was appointed Chaplain for Victor Valley and St. Mary’s Hospitals, was a member of the Kiwanis Club, assisted in establishing a home for unwed mothers, participated in the National Day of Prayer and many local societal events for the benefit of charitable causes. Bishop and Pastor Witcher parented their natural and spiritual children that were placed in their care. Over the years, Christian Covenant Church has remained strong, dedicated, and committed to reaching the lost and dying for the sake of Jesus Christ. Much of the inspiration and focus of our leaders has been passed down through the years from the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”