Maranatha Church was organized on December 31, 1973, in
the home of Ronnie and Sandy Trice in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
During the first month of existence, Lula Barber donated 1.6
acres of land to the church. Construction began immediately
on the original auditorium facility. When the church opened for
membership, one hundred people joined to become charter members.
In May 1977, construction began on a two-story education building
that now serves as the Youth building. Subsequent improvements
to the property include: a 12,097 square foot activities building
constructed in 1980; a 1,200 square foot nursery and a 1,800
square foot educational building both constructed in 1981; a
1,100 square foot prayer tower constructed in 1982; and a
4,000 square foot administration complex constructed in 1984.
In 1985, a 44,000 square foot auditorium with seating for
approximately 4,000 was constructed. All of this is located on
28.64 acres of land on Highway 146 in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
Dr. Ronnie and Sandy Trice pastored Maranatha Church from
its conception. They did not work alone. It has taken the entire
MC church family, working together and growing together, to
accomplish what God has called them to do. No one individual
can claim responsibility for the success of this church. It has
been built on faith, hope and love. In December 2008, Dr. Ronnie
Trice was ordained as a Bishop and surrendered pastoring MC to
his son, Dr. Mark Trice.