In July 2006 our congregation began in a series of formation and worship meetings at the home of Ken and Mary Mann in San Bernardino. Many of those who attended these meetings had originally met at Cursillo. Several priests, including Fr. Richard Menees, Fr. Dale Smith, and Fr. Bill Thompson, met with us, advised us, and led us. The congregation was led to affiliate as a Church plant of St. James’ Anglican Church (Newport Beach) under the authority of the Diocese of Luweero in the Anglican Province of Uganda. In late August of 2006 we began worshiping on Saturdays at Highland Congregational Church (HCC) as Inland Anglican Fellowship (IAF). In September of 2006 we formed a Steering committee. Our first Sunday worship at the HCC location was 24 December 2006.
In January of 2007 at the committee’s request, St. James called Brian Schulz as a transitional deacon to provide pastoral care to IAF. Brian accepted the call and would eventually become our first Rector. In July, the committee began to look into selecting a new name to indicate the congregation’s status as a largely self-supporting mission growing to become a self-supporting church. In October, IAF adopted the new name of Christ’s Church and, during the same month, Brian Schulz was ordained to the priesthood. In late 2007 and early 2008, delegates from Christ’s Church participated in the formation of what would become the Diocese of Western Anglicans.
In June 2008 the congregation approved the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of Christ’s Church and confirmed the existing Steering Committee as the initial Vestry of Christ’s Church. During 2008, the Vestry began work to discern a territory for Christ’s Church and to find a more suitable site for our worship.
In February 2009 the congregation amended the By-Laws and approved joining the Diocese of Western Anglicans and the Province of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In April, the Provincial Council of the ACNA approved the formation of the Diocese of Western Anglicans, with Christ’s Church as one of the formational parishes. After a lengthy search for a new space for worship, Christ’s Church worship services moved to Yucaipa High School in November 2009. Also in November 2009, +Brian Schulz was called as the first Rector of Christ’s Church.
In March 2010, the Vestry began efforts to encourage the formation of home-based prayer groups and +Brian Schulz began weekly meetings to work toward the launch of a contemporary service. The first contemporary preview service was in June. In September 2010, the Vestry approved James Linton’s application for ordination.
In January 2011, James Linton was hired as a part-time Pastoral Assistant for outreach at Christ’s Church. In June, monthly prayer walks started in Yucaipa. In July 2011, James Linton was ordained to the diaconate. In September, three members of the parish were sent on a mission trip to Estonia. A monthly men’s breakfast group began meeting in November 2011.
In July 2012, the Vestry approved changing James Linton’s part-time position as the Pastoral Assistant at Christ’s Church to a full-time position. In August, James Linton was ordained to the priesthood. The parish participated in new neighborhood groups, prayer intercession training, and our first Vacation Bible School. In September Christ’s Church began offering Sunday evening contemporary services every other week.
From 2012 through 2013 Fr. Brian Schulz and Fr. James Linton built a launch team to form the contemporary service. This included going door to door through Yucaipa to invite people to worship with us. In 2013 Pastor Brian was appointed Dean of the Greater Los Angeles Deanery of the Diocese of Western Anglicans. Christ’s Church began offering two Sunday morning services in September 2013 with a single, contemporary “Grand Opening” service at the end of the month.
In 2014 Christ’s Church began a more intensive search for a full-time worship facility. Throughout 2014 and 2015 the church continued to meet at Yucaipa High School for worship services, but also built up neighborhood groups throughout the city that met during the week. God continued to grow and guide our church as we met with the community through city events, studies, and prayer walks.
In 2015 we began triad discipleship groups as a means to increase our faith and reach out to our neighbors with the gospel. Throughout the year the facility search committee engaged in negotiations regarding a possible building to rent. In January, 2016 the Vestry approved renting space in a former Presbyterian church. Because this facility was badly in need of refurbishing, many of the members of the parish worked to paint the inside and outside of the church, build an altar and cross, and make other improvements and then move all of the physical assets of the church to the new location. Daily Morning and Evening Prayer services began in February 2016 while the renovations were still underway. The building was consecrated by Bishop Keith Andrews on March 5th, 2016. The first regular services were on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with Sunday services beginning in the new location on Easter Sunday, 2016.
Throughout 2016 and 2017 Christ’s Church continued to worship, meet in small groups, and reach out to the community in new ways. Fr. James developed a pro-life ministry in San Bernardino. Congregation members were encouraged to invest in the community with Alpha Courses, outreach to the community at Calimesa Elementary School, the new movers program, door-to-door prayer, communal prayer, prayer groups, healing prayer, and other initiatives. In June, parishioners raised support to send Pastor Brian to GAFCON in Jerusalem as a delegate from our diocese.
In August, 2018, Fr. James Linton was called to serve as rector of St. John’s Anglican Church in Salt Lake City, UT. In December, 2018, Pastor Brian was called to St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach, CA. At the end of 2018 a search committee was formed to find the next full time rector of Christ’s Church.
In December Pastor Ken Greenlee began to serve as the interim rector of Christ’s Church. During this interim period Christ’s Church will strive to continue to be faithful to Jesus’ Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and Great Commission (Matthew 26:16-20).