Our Story

Our Story

On January 6, 1980, Legacy Church began as Victory Love Fellowship in a small home on the Isleta Reservation with 35 people in attendance. One year later God provided a miracle when an old Catholic Church became available. This was our second home. In 1983 our church purchased four acres of land and built a 500 seat auditorium. The auditorium was then moved to our current location. It is the largest building ever moved in the history of New Mexico. It was then later expanded to seat 1200.

In 2003, God led us to change our name to Legacy Church. Ministries continued to be developed, and in January, 2005 we celebrated the grand opening of the new sanctuary with seating for up to 2600. Legacy Academy celebrated the opening of their new school building in 2006 for children in K4 through 8th grade. It now has an enrollment of over 200 students.  In 2007, Legacy landscaped our Central Avenue frontage along with adding additional parking space to accommodate our growth. In the fall of 2008 we opened a new, state of the art children’s church facility.

On March 29, 2009, our Cottonwood Campus opened in the Cottonwood Theatre. This allows us to reach a community at the north end of Albuquerque, which also encompasses Rio Rancho and Corrales. The weekend services at the Cottonwood Campus are a mirror of those at the Central Campus with live worship and personal ministry and a message from Pastor Steve on the big screen. This theatre campus has rooms for nursery, preschool and children’s ministry through 6th grade.

Most recently our Cottonwood Campus has moved to Rio Rancho and is now known as our Rio Rancho Campus. It is held in the Premier Theaters at Southern and Unser. We gained larger theaters, cleaner facilities that are also much easier to navigate and we are closer to the unchurched of Rio Rancho.

In 2011, Legacy expanded its ministry again - this time to Albuquerque's Eastside. Located near the intersection of Montgomery and Wyoming.  Our services also mirror those at the Central Campus with live worship for children of all ages. 

Legacy Church is one of the fastest growing churches in the country. Many new and dynamic ministries have been and continue to be created to help minister to individuals and families. But in the midst of all this exciting activity, we recognize church health is more important than numerical growth and church programs. At Legacy, we recognize that God has a specific plan and purpose for each person’s life. That’s why “we’re all about people.” The broad scope and variety of ministries at Legacy are simply a reflection of our heart to help people of all economic, social and ethnic backgrounds in the Albuquerque area and around the world.