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  • Phone: (650) 968-4200
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  • Mailing Address: 201 Castro Street, 3rd Floor, Mountain View, CA 94041

 

 

History

"Truth, Authenticity, Community, Hope"


In 1995, as the MTV generation was coming of age, a small Friday night worship service called Highway began at the First Baptist Church of Los Altos. Highway’s founders, Dean Smith and John Riemenschnitter, were passionate about working with Generation X—a young, emerging, media-saturated generation who had supposedly left God behind. The ministry centered on four simple one-word values—truth, authenticity, community, and hope. Throughout its five year incubation, Highway sought a dialogue with culture through the ministry, and an exploration of the Gospel via film clips, popular music, art, and an authentic embrace of scripture in open, authentic community. Over time, it became clear that God was leading Highway to a unique role as a church entity. On Easter Sunday of 2000, The Highway Community began meeting weekly at Palo Alto High School.

In 2005, Highway purchased Red Rock Coffee Co. in downtown Mountain View as a way to serve the local community, and establish a home for local art, music, and conversation.

Also in 2005, Highway merged with Community Bible Church in Mountain View, and the Mountain View Campus of The Highway Community was born.

In 2015, after fifteen years at Paly High, Highway's Palo Alto campus moved to the Palo Alto Church of Christ in the midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto. 

Also in 2015, the San Jose Campus of The Highway Community was born, meeting at Crossroads Bible Church in San Jose.

Highway currently holds no denominational affiliation and is an independent, multigenerational body of Christ-followers. Our four core values are still the beating heart of our ministry. It's been a wild, unconventional ride, but God is good, and we look forward to the rest of the story.

For more information about the history of Highway, and our unique story, contact