The sanctuary of the Hillside Church comfortably seats 4,000 people.

The sanctuary of the Hillside Church comfortably seats 4,000 people. Everyone has a good view of the rostrum.

Dave South

Hillside Church is an evangelical Christian church in Mont Belvieu, Texas. It was originally the Maranatha Christian Church when Pastor Ronnie Trice (1939–2019) founded it in 1973. By 1984, the church needed a larger chapel so they constructed the world’s largest Monolithic Dome to date.

The dome is 208-feet (63.4 m) in diameter by 48-feet (14.6 m) tall — encompassing 34,000 square feet (3,159 m²). The sanctuary comfortably seats 4,000 people. The twin towers flanking the dome accommodate Hebrews Coffee Shop on the left and a nursery on the right.

A nearby 60-foot (18.3 m) diameter dome provides 2,830 square feet (263 m²) for administrative offices.

In 1984, the church was the largest dome Monolithic Constructors, Inc., had built so far in almost ten years of dome construction.

Able to withstand a hurricane, the church housed those seeking refuge from Hurricane Rita in 2005. At the time Hurricane Rita was the most intense storm in the Gulf of Mexico. No damage occurred at the domes.

Recently, the church was renamed the Hillside Church with Ronnie Trice’s son, Mark Trice, as the Senior Pastor. It serves a congregation of 1,500 with 1,000 regularly attending services.

Twin towers flank the 208-feet (63.4 m) diameter Monolithic Dome.

Twin towers flank the 208-feet (63.4 m) diameter Monolithic Dome. The tower on the left houses Hebrews Coffee Shop, the tower on the right, a nursery.

Dave South