The History of
Littlerock Community Church
Formation and Pastors
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 Church.
Worship 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.
Sixty 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”.
From 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.
All 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.
Although 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
Then, the 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
Pastor Bob's 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.
The Reverend 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.
Elder Chuck 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.
Last updated on May 7, 1018