9200 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704

(520) 297-3900

Welcome to CDO Bible Church

Service Times: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Or Join Us Via Livestream at 9:30 a.m.

Sermon Series

Aliens 3.0

Christians are “…aliens and strangers” in this world (1 Peter 2:11-12; Hebrews 11:13-16).  This reality has many implications in how we live each day, and how we think about and approach the values and philosophies of the world.  Join us as we explore our ‘immigrant’ status and how having “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16) – a “transformed/renewed mind” (Romans 12:2) affects our thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs.

Save the Date for the CDOBC Women’s Spring Event on April 27 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Chapel Hall. We will have a guest speaker and you are encouraged to invite friends and family. Tickets are $5/person. Register Here

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School | June 10-14 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Every day, kids are bombarded with questions: Did God really create everything? Why do bad things happen? Was Noah’s Ark real? Why do I need to be saved? Can I trust the Bible?

At this VBS, kids will explore the biblical answers to these questions as they set off on an epic adventure from Genesis to Revelation. Amid sloths, butterflies, river dolphins, and dart frogs, our children will sail along on a fun Jungle Cruise.

Register Here

Our Story

Canyon Del Oro Bible Church is located in Oro Valley, Arizona on the northwestern edge of Tucson. The church is a member of the Venture Church Network Southwest (formerly Southwest Church Connection) which has been in existence since 1948. The church property adjoins Pusch Ridge of the Catalina Range of the Coronado National Forest and has a view overlooking Oro Valley.

The church was started as a satellite by Palo Verde Baptist Church in central Tucson on property that was given to them by the Egleston family estate. The land donation is restrictive in that the property can be used only for religious and educational purposes. Sixteen acres of the larger parcel were deeded over to CDOBC after incorporation. The remaining land became the home of a Christian high school which became Pusch Ridge Christian Academy when it transferred ownership from Palo Verde Baptist to Catalina Foothills Church.

Pastor Thereon Smith was the primary motivator for our church when he was the pastor of Palo Verde Baptist in the mid-1970’s. For about a year, a few people met in the nearby high school while the building was constructed. Many in the congregation of Palo Verde Baptist gave time, money and labor to build the church. In 1977, when the building was finished, the congregation began to grow. Pastor Smith shared his time between CDOBC and Palo Verde Baptist. About a year later, we called our first pastor, Michael Sandusky, who stayed for a year and a half. There were a number of interim pastors who ministered at CDOBC until they called the next permanent pastor.

Easter, 1983, Pastor J. Daniel O’Donnell and his wife, Jane, began their ministry with us. The church grew to between 200 and 300. Pastor O’Donnell resigned in January, 2000, to begin the work of starting a church in a Phoenix suburb.

In August 2001, Pastor Steve Van Kley was called as Senior Pastor. He received his Master of Divinity from Western Seminary, a Conservative Baptist seminary, in 1995. Prior to coming to Tucson, Pastor Steve was a youth pastor for twelve years. His family includes his wife Kim, and their children Brian and Jessica.

In the summer of 2003, the membership gave full approval to our growth plan which began to lay the foundation for the future ministry of CDOBC. In 2006, the church began Phase 1 of the building project. This included more room in the sanctuary and additional Christian Education space. In 2016, the church completed Phase 2 of the building project, with Phase 3 and 4 following in 2017. These projects included new office and lobby space, a new kitchen, a new sanctuary complex and parking lot, and a new student and children’s ministry buildings. We are excited to see how the Lord will continue to grow and expand the influence of this church for His Kingdom in the years to come!


A mission statement is a purpose statement – why do we exist, and what is our main task? It’s something that we will continue to strive towards as long as God enables us. Canyon Del Oro Bible Church is committed to:

“Reaching people for Christ and helping them grow in their faith”

We seek to accomplish this mission as we stand on the core values of 1) Vibrant Worship, 2) Helpful Ministry, 3) Gospel Focus, 4) Christian Growth and 5) Biblical Faithfulness. We also pursue this mission with the vision that “We will transform our community for Christ by equipping and mobilizing Christians to live out and share the Gospel.”

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