On February 18, 1912, the Redands-Yuciapa First Swedish Baptist Church was organized with nine charter members, under the Swedish Baptist Conference. All of the members moved to Yucaipa to raise apples and by 1920 they had grown to 16 members. Because of the growing congregation, they reorganized October 28, 1920 and become known as the First Baptist Church of Yucaipa under the American Baptist Convention.
The group met in rented buildings until 1923 when the church building on Bryant Street was completed. The church continued to progress, adding on more classrooms and Vacation Bible School began. Following World War 2, Yucaipa and the church began to grow. Land was purchased on the north side of Yucaipa Blvd. and, on January 4, 1948, the construction of the first church building on that property began.
1950s - Present
In 1952 the church sent out its first missionaries, Reverend and Mrs. William Murray, to India. In that year First Baptist became affiliated with the Baptist General Conference. Through the decade of the 1950’s and the 1960’s, the church continued to grow and built a second worship center. Missionary support increased and in 2016 the church contributes support to 24 missionaries. In 1974 a two story classroom building was built and a Christian school was established, servicing pre-school through sixth grade. The school continued from 1975 through 2007. From the 1970’s, through the 1990’s, the church purchased several sections of real estate, adjacent to the church campus, for the purpose of future expansion.
Nestled in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountain range Yucaipa enjoys a warm summer Mediterranean climate and a light winter snow on occasion. The city’s central location gives residents access to a variety of locations and attractions, including Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake, for water skiing and winter snow skiing (45 min to 1 hr.), beaches of Southern California (1.5 hrs.), Disneyland (1 hr.) and the museums and sporting events of Los Angeles (1.5 hrs.) and San Diego (2 hrs.) Ten minutes up the road, the mountain town of Oak Glen celebrates its acreage of apple orchards with an annual fall Harvest Festival that includes the opportunity for you to pick your own apples, have a slice of (or a whole) homemade apple pie and witness other mountain activities.
Student MinistriesMiddle & High School
Our youth program serves both middle and high school students. It is our desire to provide these young people with a Christian community in which they can feel comfortable taking part.