Friendship Christian Fellowship Church History

Friendship Christian Fellowship Church was founded on Sunday, September 9, 1990.

The membership consisted of Pastor Art Wooten, Sis. Jacqueline Wooten, and their daughter Jamia Wooten. There were also about 20 friends and family members that made up this first service. However, there were still only the Wooten family on the church membership list.

The first service was held at Days Inn Hotel on University Street in the city of Riverside due to the fact that there were no available spaces to have services in the city of Moreno Valley where God had ordained the church to be.

After six months the church moved to Edgemont Elementary School, located in the city of Moreno Valley. The church membership consisted of 5 adults and 8 children.

Soon God blessed and the church moved once again. Services were held at Box Springs Elementary School. During this time the church begin to grow by leaps and bounds. Wednesday night Bible Study was always held at the Pastor's home; however at this time the Bible Study outgrew the home. We grew to approximately 75 active members.

After about a year the church moved to a new location that enabled us to purchase our own chairs, carpet, sound system, piano, drums, and many other items that turned a warehouse into a beautiful Sanctuary for God. The fruits were beginning to show from the seeds of commitment and dedication which had been planted; souls began to get saved and the Lord added to the church greatly.

During one period of 60 days, the church accepted 90 souls into new membership. We were truly blessed by God.

From such humble beginnings sprang a ministry which has made an indelible spiritual mark on thousands of residents in the Inland Empire area.

Once again on Easter Sunday morning, 1994; we moved again. Friendship Christian Fellowship Church had outgrown the first building and we marched from the old building to the new building in Moreno Valley.

1998 brought us back into a year of transportation. We purchased a church van which enabled those in need of transportation to have a way to and from church as well as to other outings. As our church grew, the need for transportation increased. A passenger bus was purchased in 1999 and is used for special outings as well as to bring children to and from Bible Study on Wednesday night.

In order to serve the members that worked on Sundays, God led Pastor Wooten to add an 8:00 AM Hour Of Power Worship Service. From the inception of this service, it has been a blessing to many and has grown from a handful to over 200 members and is still growing.

During the past years, we have had ministers, Deacons and Evangelist Missionaries licensed as well as many Elders ordained.

Our Mass Choir has grown to over 100 voices and in 1999 choir robes were purchased.

The year of 2000 was a first of many Easter Resurrection Services to be held in the Moreno Valley Community Park. Souls were saved and many were added to the church.

In the year 2001, God continued to bless and open doors for us. We purchased an additional van, and two additional buses, We were blessed with an upgrade in our office equipment and we purchased additional sound equipment. 

We are still being blessed with souls being saved and added to the church on a weekly basis. The growth in membership necessitated additional space. The Lord directed our leaders to acquire additional space to be used for a children's church in order to provide space for the adults and to eliminate overcrowded conditions in the main Sanctuary. The Lord has also blessed us in the release of a CD entitled: "Radah, Dominion in the Valley."

We've added ministries that are a blessing to the community and our membership as well. We now have over 60 ministries that are active in the church.

We also provide counseling for married couples, families and youth; clothing and food for the needy. We have an active jail and prison ministry where the ministry members (go "behind the walls") to reach the forgotten harvest of inmates.

We do not limit God. God has blessed us to be motivated by his spirit and not man's traditions. We are a soul winning church. Our soul winning ministry, "The Crusaders," have won thousands of souls in the last ten years.

We have been blessed with 5 acres of Land in 29 Palms, California and in 2006 we also purchased 3 1/3 acres of land in Moreno Valley where we will be building a 1,000 seat sanctuary for God.

Friendship seek to meet the needs of the diverse population of Moreno Valley and the Inland Empire area, providing spiritual guidance and growth for challenging times. We look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, for much more......

Many thanks to you, the members of Friendship for your untiring love, prayers, support and monetary gifts. Without such wonderful team effort, our accomplishments would not have been possible.

This is the history and progress of the Friendship Christian Fellowship Church of God in Christ.

As we look to the future and continue to do His work, we know that the Lord has even greater works for us to perform and greater blessings for us to receive.

We ask that you continue to pray for us as we continue to build upon the solid rock for we know that this is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.

God bless each and every one of you.

To God be the glory.