The command of
our Lord is “go—teach—baptize—Lo, I am with you always.” A few dedicated Christian laymen following
this command began a Sunday School in Littlerock around 1923 which met in a one
room school house. Some worship services
were also held by Rev. J.C. Wilson who was pastor of the Palmdale Presbyterian
services were held on a more regular basis when Rev. Harvey A. Hood became
pastor of the Palmdale church. It was
evident by October 1929 that there was sufficient strength to organize a
church. At a special worship service on
February 2, 1930, the Presbytery of Los Angeles officially organized and
received the church through its representative, the Reverend Guy W. Wadsworth
D.D. Twenty-nine persons were received
as charter members and partook of the Lord’s Supper. Three elected Elders were ordained.
persons were present for the April 8, 1931 meeting of the congregation, and it
was reported that the average Sunday School attendance was thirty-one, and that
there was an active “Ladies’ Missionary Society”. By the next Annual Congregational Meeting,
there was a strong youth fellowship in the “Christian Endeavor”.
the beginning of its organization, the church felt a need for a building, as
all of the meetings were held in the Keppel Union School. A building fund was started and the first
reported balance was $410.50 at the the 1932 Annual Congregational Meeting. Nine years later, April 1941, the time was
“right” for the first building project, as evidenced by excerpts from the
bulletin of the Dedication Service. Our
Minister, Rev. R. Clifton Dorn wrote: “I Will Build My Church”, thus the divine
Head of the Church spoke to a mere handful of disciples nearly two thousand
years ago. His faith in them was
validated, for, fascinated by His Spirit, and captivated by His personality,
they went forth to ‘turn the world upside down’. They built well!—the peerless Commander spoke
again saying, ‘Build Me a Church in Littlerock’. As of old, the disciples responded.—The idea
took hold. Soon the entire community was
‘turned upside down’. Captured by the
enthusiasm of the committee, magnetized by the Master of all, as under a spell
of service, everyone pitched in. Without
monetary compensation but a mighty cooperation, community-wide and
whole-hearted, the job was done. They
built well, too!” Ground was broken on
September 13, 1941 and Littlerock’s first church building, completely debt free
was dedicated on January 11, 1942.
ministers serving the Littlerock church were pastors of the Palmdale church
until 1950, when Acton and Littlerock were united into a Greater Parish with
Rev. Henry C.S. Keeton as the first Pastor.
the Community Presbyterian Church was no longer the only church in Littlerock,
in 1956 it had “Growing Pains”. There
was now a need for larger and more adequate facilities. With financial aid made available through
Presbytery, the existing church Chapel was converted to a Fellowship Hall. A completely new Chapel was built and an
office, kitchen, and restrooms were added and dedicated on May 18, 1958.
From 1950 to
1983, the church was yoked with the Community Presbyterian Church of Acton
which was known as the Greater Parish.
During this time there were nine different pastors to the Acton and
Littlerock Congregations. They included the Rev. Joseph Easter (11 years); Rev.
Henry Krug (5 1/2 years); Rev Jj. Raymond Dewey (5 years); and the
Rev. Paul McFarlin (3 years). Worship
services were held at the Acton Church at 9:00am and at the Littlerock Church
at 11:00am. In 1983, the Greater Parish was dissolved. Then, the Rev. Otis Cross served originally
at half-time and then three-quarter time
for around 18 months.
Reverend Doctor Robert and Luella Frisbee served our pastoral needs from December 1985
until 1998. Rev. Frisbee became our first full-time pastor on May 3, 1987. In May 1999, Rev.
Bob became Pastor Emeritus by a unanimous vote of the Congregation Under
leadership the church had begun a Hispanic Ministry in 1991 with Ismael Gonzales from
Santa Ana, California and Mrs. Mercedes Cevallos. In July 1993, the San
Fernando Presbytery brought the Reverend Angel Becerra and his family from
Guatemala to expand ministry to the Hispanic community in the Antelope Valley.
After meeting at the Littlerock church for several years, the church would
eventually become a New Church Development in
the Presbytery and is currently meeting in a recently purchased and renovated
building in Littlerock.
Doctor Krin J. Van Tatenhove was installed as the pastor on July 29, 2001.
Pastor Krin came to us from Palm Springs, California. Pastor Krin was called to
serve another church on October 1, 2005.
On November 19,
2006 The Reverend K.C.Wahe was called to serve as our new pastor. Pastor K.C.
prior to coming to Littlerock served in youth ministry for close to 16 years at
churches in Hollywood, Burbank, New Jersey, and in Sacramento, California.
While in New Jersey he attended the Princeton Theological Seminary where he
graduated in May 2003 and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in
the Presbyterian Church USA by the Presbytery of San Fernando. We were thankful
for Pastor K.C. and his family as we continue to serve Christ together here in
Littlerock and in the Antelope Valley.
At our September 21, 2014 Session meeting, K.C. Wahe announced that he
would be resigning as the Pastor of Littlerock
Community Presbyterian Church (a.k.a. Littlerock Community Church) and had
accepted the position of Pastor at Silverlake Church in Los Angeles to take
effect on October 12, 2014.
Between the fall
of 2013 and December 1, 2015 Littlerock Community Church was in the process of
investigating and completing the graceful withdrawal from PCUSA (Presbyterian
Church USA) and affiliating with ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical
Presbyterians). This process is
addressed in the following pages.
Pedersen was appointed by Session as Head of Staff/Pastor to become effective
on July 1, 2016. The Congregation unanimously called Chuck as Head of
Staff/Pastor at the January 8, 2017 Congregational meeting. Chuck was unanimously approved for ordination
and installation as the pastor of Littlerock Community Church at the October
21st meeting of the Mission Presbytery.
He was installed and ordained as pastor of Littlerock Community Church
on November 19, 2017.