Humble Beginnings

In January 1994 a group of Christians began having home Bible studies in Mira Loma. The congregation of Jurupa Valley Christian Fellowship began by setting up a few lawn chairs in the living room for the adults, while the children met together in the garage. As the group increased it became evident the Lord was laying a foundation for an established church. Soon, they were looking for a building and found one on Martin Street in Mira Loma.

In November of 2009 they became affiliated with Calvary Chapel and are now known as Calvary Chapel Inland. An opportunity to purchase the building came about at the time when the economy turned bad. There were four liens on the building at the time and the owner had lost it.  This property went from one lien holder to the next and then finally there were two liens.  On a Sunday morning the new owner visited the church in order to put a sign out in the front advertising that the building was for sale.  The new owner walked around meeting people and viewed the grounds.  He even stayed for the church service.  Here was a man who drove up to the church in a Mercedes ready to sell the property and now he was sitting in the church service.  The message topic that morning was about how hard it is for rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  This man was so convicted that he became an advocate helping us to purchase the building.  He lowered the price from $200,000 to $125,000.  Pastor Ruben went to see Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.  Pastor Chuck offered to pay for the note and hold the loan on the building, but the Lord decided that He would do it and get all the glory.  Long story short, without any down payment the Lord was working and provided $20,000…and they now own the building.

Our church building is located in a low-income community of Riverside.  We have a heart for those that are lost in this community.  It has been very difficult reaching them for Christ, but the Lord has been faithful.  We have seen many families come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior.  It is a pleasure for Pastor Ruben to be able to serve with his sons and his brothers and sisters in the Christ here at Calvary Chapel Inland.