Where we've been...
In 1956, there was a great need for the establishment of a church to minister to the spiritual needs of the people moving to the growing community of Buena Park. Orange groves were cleared to make way for 4000 new homes with predominately young families with no church background. The area was also home to many Dutch dairy farmers with Reformed Church roots that provided our church with a legacy of hard working, faith-filled and committed leaders. On November 15, 1957, the first facilities were dedicated on a former airfield and the formal organization of the Community Reformed Church of Buena Park took place with 56 charter members representing 31 families.
In the 1960’s, our young Church experienced an explosion of membership increasing by 300%. Due to this rapid growth, staff was increased and our education facilities were built. We also welcomed a new pastor who faithfully served us until retirement in 1987. Our church, then and now, embraced cutting edge concepts, opportunities for spiritual growth and outreach and had a strong lay leadership style of ministry.
The 1970’s brought such ministries as Bethel Bible Studies series, Crossroads teen outreach to local high school students, and our church-sponsored preschool Children’s Christian Center, which opened on the church campus to provide a safe Christian experience for the children and a ministry to young parents. We also began a building and financial project to build our present sanctuary that was completed in 1978.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s many programs were begun that continue today. Our new pastor, Rev. Doug Scholten, was welcomed in 1989 and continues to faithfully minister and lead our congregation. Under his leadership, we changed our name to Christ Community Church of Buena Park to reflect our mission of bringing Christ to our community. Transformation has always been a part of our experiences, but the transition from organ-led worship style to a band-led worship style of music brought new life to our Worship services.