WHAT IS THIS CHURCH WE CALL HOME?
In 1951, a few families met for Bible Study and prayer meetings in homes in the Ramona area. After a few months, others came and the First Baptist Church of Ramona was formed. The meetings were held in the Grange Hall at 7th & Main Streets and Pastor Robert Yokum was called as the first pastor. At this time, the church became part of the Baptist General Conference and they helped us out with the pastor’s salary. This church was the twelfth church in California associated with the Conference.
Soon this building was outgrown and the church was moved to the Odd Fellows Hall on the corner of Highway 78 and B Street. The church was very active in the Conference.
We outgrew the facility at Highway 78 & B, so in 1956, with a lot of help from College Avenue Baptist Church, the building was completed at 9th & E Street. Of course, the members helped with all phases of building.
After moving to the new building at 9th & E, we really started growing. For three years, we participated with other small Conference Churches. We weathered the sixties and by the mid seventies, we were growing again. We paid off the mortgage and had a mortgage burning! Then, though it seemed a miracle, the education building was built.
In the 1980’s Ramona First Baptist as we were called then, began to search for land and formed a search committee in 1981. Over the next 13 years, doors opened and closed, and those involved, felt like the children of Israel wandering in the desert in search of the Promised Land. This present 12- acre property at the corner of Hwy 78 & Ash Street was purchased in 1995. It wasn’t until Pastor Gary Bassham came in 1999, and by faith, we sold our little 9th & E Street church and began meeting at Ramona Elementary School.
On Easter Sunday, we held a ground-breaking ceremony in anticipation of the new multi-purpose building. We held Easter Service here in tents in 1999 and in 2000. Construction began in June 2000. We were all laborers together with God. We dedicated ourselves afresh to the worship and service of Almighty God, to the teaching of His Word and to living a life wholly unto Him. We prayed that these facilities will be God’s tool in our hands to carry out His will both in our local ministry area and unto the ends of the earth, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church. We moved into the new building Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001. We held a building dedication ceremony on June 3, 2001 and our church name was changed to Mountain View Community Church.
In 2005, our new Christian Education building was built to accommodate the growth in the early 2000’s. It was built entirely with volunteer labor. We moved into the Christian Ed Building on November 8, 2005. We completed the new playground and dedicated it on October 29, 2006.
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