Kayenta Bible Church is located 150 miles northeast of Flagstaff in the north central section of the Reservation. It is located near the great tourist attraction, Monument Valley. It is an indigenous church serving the surrounding areas of Chilchinbeto, Black Mesa and Narrow Canyon.
Kayenta Bible Church was a desire of Leslie Cody, Sr. On the banks of the Little Colorado River he drew a map of his home. He shared with the missionaires that he would like someone to tell his people about the Lord. Immediately, Marian Newton and Harold Taggart said, "Let's go, Leslie." These three began visitng in the Kayenta area - soon having a Christmas meeting and a VBS program.
A land site lease was granted by the Tribe on Jan. 24, 1964. Russell and Marian Newton moved to Kayenta in February 1964. They brought a smaller trailer and build a cabana on the site and this became the first church. Alice Largo and family moved to Kayenta in June and she and Marian Newton began visiting and having Bible classes.
Russell Newton, Harold Taggart, Ray Reed, Ray Shoff, Harry Tsosie, and Mr. Williams from Kansas City began constrtuction of the permanent building 1966 and over the years it was gradually completed.
Gladys Blackwater and Mary Begay began the excavation of the basement by hand and it was finished by Gary, Jerry Philip and Roger Parrish.
Taggarts moved to Kayenta in the fall of 1967. In 1987 the church was incorporated by the State of Arizona and the Navajo Trible. Early leaders of the church were Chee and Ethel Bedonie, John and Cora Cody, Ray and Marie Reed, Mary Begay, Gladys Blackwater, Effie Singer, Bob Manymules and their families. Betty Gon served as a missionary for many years as well as Ms. Dale Taggart.
The present leaders are Teddy Black, Brett Hale, Bob Manymules, Ronald Belone, Daniel Taggart and Charles Smith. Jesse Billy of Tuba City serves on Sundays. We praise the Lord for the first 45 years of serving the Lord with the Navajo people in Kayenta and give praise for the Flagstaff Mission to the Navajos for their support through the years.