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HHBC is affiliated with Transformation Ministries

    Hacienda Heights Baptist Church was originally named Hacienda Hills Baptist Church when it was incorporated in 1958.  The name was changed to Hacienda Heights Baptist Church to match the community in 1968.  The church began as a mission church of Pomona First Baptist Church and received support from the American Baptist Churches of Southern California for the first few years.  Our 5 acre property had its first building constructed in 1960, which is now our current worship center (the building was expanded in the 70’s).  Later, a construction company offered their temporary office building to us for free if we would move it onto our property.  This unusually shaped building (satellite building) became our fellowship hall before eventually becoming the home base for The Lord’s Community Church (the Korean language church that meets on our property who also uses our Family Life Center).

    In the late 70’s, our church started a preschool and we added the educational buildings built around a courtyard (quad area) that now houses the preschool.  In the late 80’s, the Family Life Center (FLC) was constructed that completed our current church plant.  the FLC is where we hold our church dinners, youth events, and it is also the location of our memorial rose garden, located next to the preschool playground.

    We have been blessed to have strong leadership over the years which has included several long term pastors.  Rev. William Salverda (1958-1965) was the first pastor called, and he has been followed by Rev. Robert Westgate (1967-1974), Rev. Kenneth Dunkelberger (1974-1978), Dr. William Tipton (1981-1988) and Rev. Patrick Pang (1989-2000).  Our current pastor, Rev. Jon Lambert, has been ministering here since August 2002.

    As you can tell, there is still room to grow, and we look forward to the ways that God will lead us in the years to come.


    Read more about our history by checking our HHBC History Blog that was written for our 50th anniversary.