In August 1975, the Reverend Mr. Vic Pentz began his ministry here and in 1977 the modular structure was purchased to better accommodate our growing congregation. Worship was held in this building on Sunday. Christian education for youth and adults was being held and Mariner events and potluck dinners were well attended. Small groups had been formed for fellowship and study. Advent celebrations were extended at this time and church members began writing meditations for Advent booklets. Easter week includes: morning meditations and evening programs with inspirational speakers and performers. Maureen Morris arrived as church secretary in 1976 and remained until April, 2009 as the Administrative Assistant.
The Reverend Kirt Anderson joined the staff as assistant pastor in 1979 followed in 1981 by the addition of music director Dave Foley. Previous to this time, LVHPC was fortunate to have the talents and dedication of Elaine Ruffner as organist and choir director. It was about this time that the church began volunteering to help decorate floats for the Rose Parade. For about eight years, youth and adults spent many hours contributing to the beauty of these floats. Also in 1981, plans were being discussed for a new permanent sanctuary and the first Building Program was started.
Vic left November 1982 and many ministers helped with the preaching and teaching duties until in 1984, the church called the Reverend Mr. Mark Frey as its new pastor. The Reverend Mr. Doug Kelly joined the staff as associate pastor and Marvin McKissick became the church music and choir director.
The new sanctuary was completed in 1990. The modular structure became the classroom building. As a congregation, we did a sellf-study led by the Reverend Mr. Robert Linthicum to assess needs and where God was leading us during an interim period. The following statement was a result of our self-study.
As a people committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we nurture and equip each other to be disciples who perceive and carry out God's call to our mission: To share the Gospel and address community and world needs to the glory of God.
We then called the Reverend Mr. Steve Metcalf in 1993. Dave Foley returned to LVHPC as music and choir director in 1997.
God continues to direct us into strong mission programs such as the Pomona Hope, Providence Children's Home in Kenya and many other missions. Children, youth and adult education are growing. Fellowship with the LVHPC family also extends opportunity for visitor outreach and involvement.
In 1997, we looked for a vision that God was bringing to LVHPC. We had several prayer and planning meetings awaiting God's call to us to move on. He has directed us into ministry team approach in our church structure. We constructed a new Christian Education building to replace the modular structure.
The people of LVHPC are active and focused on God's direction and call individually and corporately as a family of believers in our community.
The history of LVHPC has continued to reflect the Mission Statement.
We hope to have someone within the church family continue on with updating the history.
And as has always been true of LVHPC, we welcome visitors with open arms and hope that the second visit will be like coming home to a new family. Please come and be welcomed!