In late 1999 Mike Sampson, then the senior pastor at Oakpark Church in Oakhurst, California, moved with his wife and three daughters to Truckee to plant a new church. Seeking Gods vision, Pastor Mike took his Bible, a note pad, and camp chair atop the snow sheds (abandoned train tunnels) above Donner Lake to seek direction from God.
The goal was to plant a new contemporary church that was a little on the edge. TFC would be a place where the music was alive, the message would be relevant, the kids would love it, and the guests wouldn’t feel intimidated. Vision and purpose came, and with the help of a long time friend and resident of Truckee, the vision began to unfold.
Vision meetings were conducted to invite others to join this new adventure. Preview services were held at the Community Center and the middle school. Concerts, Kids in the Park, and a ski camp during Ski and Skate Week were sponsored in an effort to test the community need for a new church. Finally, in August of 2000 at the North Star ski area, Tahoe Forest Church was launched. Several months later, TFC moved into and spent many years worshiping in the gym at Glenshire Elementary School. Later, TFC called a commercial space in the heart of Truckee home until 2013. In August of 2013, Tahoe Forest Church purchased 52 acres along the Truckee River. The next 13 months were spent repurposing a construction garage into a worship space all the while the church body continued to meet in a 60' x 40' pole tent.
Today, Tahoe Forest Church is home to variety of individuals and families from all over the Tahoe Forest community. The people that call this church their home aren’t really interested in religion, but want to grow in their relationship with God. If you haven’t already come for worship, we invite you to join us so you can see first hand what TFC is all about.