Following the Charismatic Renewal movements of the 1970s and 80s, and in the years leading up to 1991, six couples and lots of children, began meeting in homes for fellowship, worship and prayer. The families had been members of the Alexandria Christian Fellowship in the Vale of Leven.
In 1991, a Sunday gathering initially held in a variety of rented spaces, finally settled into the single hall facility of Dumbarton’s West Bridgend Community Centre when the Macindoes, the Rock's founding leaders, moved from Overtoun House, a Christian retreat centre by Milton, to a house opposite the West Bridgend venue. The Macindoes sitting room, kitchen and attic den proved excellent over-spill facilities for junior church groups.
In 1994, in a meeting to discuss the way forward it was felt that the church should have a name. Knowing that local people speak of themselves as ‘sons of the rock’ (Dumbarton Rock), and that ‘rock’ as found in Scripture has spiritual significance, this seemed a best choice. It was important that ‘community’ as an indicator of location and intention should be incorporated, and the newly named ‘Rock Community Church’ was born. A felt need to define church core values and lengthy discussions on this resulted in the Core Values we hold today.
In 1995 the gathering out-grew the small community hall and the Macindoe home and we moved to the Burgh Hall, where apart from short term decants by the District Council we remained until early 2015. 2015-18 saw us meeting in Dumbarton Academy's assembly hall.
In 2014, the now Dr Macindoe retired from his role as leader of the church with Oli Higham taking on the role of Pastor.
After much reflection and prayer, the Rock made the bold choice of taking on a lease on The Phoenix, a former local authority community centre in the Castlehill area of Dumbarton. After refurbishing the building, The Phoenix was reopened as a community hub at the end of 2018.