Concerned Christians formed the Berean Bible Fellowship in 1962 at the Sibley Ranch, home of Gerry and Elma Dueck. Initial teachers for the group included Gerry Dueck, Art Dueck, missionary Chuck Porter from Peru, Pastor Jerry Ducket from San Luis Obispo, and Pastor K. Richard Johnson from Paso Robles. By April 1963, the growing class rented the Chamber of Commerce hall for services. When the class formed into a church, it was organized as a Baptist church. The group called Pastor Thompson Mason in June 1963. Early services under Pastor Mason were held in the Masonic Building and then in the Veteran’s Building.
Under Pastor Mason, the church incorporated on October 13, 1963 as First Baptist Church with 13 members. A Recognition Council was held December 30, 1963 with pastor and delegates from 28 Baptist churches to confirm that our church was properly organized and doctrinally sound. Pastor Mason led the church to rent rooms in the Redwood Center for meetings until the old Presbyterian church building on Bridge Street could be purchased late in 1967.
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When Pastor Mason resigned in 1969, the church called Pastor John Stevens. Under his ministry, the congregation constructed the parsonage on Lodge Hill in 1972 and the property on Green Street was purchased in 1974. Many souls were saved under Pastor Stevens’ ministry, and the church took great steps of faith to attempt new things for God.
Pastor Stevens resigned in 1977 and the church called Pastor David Hollingsworth later that year. After three years of slow progress, the church family launched an aggressive capital program to raise funds to build the facilities in which we now meet. Obstacles were faced at every level of bureaucracy in the county and the state. But in 1988, the new church facilities were occupied in June. On August 14, 1988, the new building was dedicated at a special service with over 350 people in attendance.
In 1998, the church undertook PROJECT 2002, our second major capital campaign for the purpose of adding to our facilities, expanding parking, and providing a variety of equipment necessary to more effective ministry.
In the spring of 2007, after 30 years of serving FBC, Pastor Hollingsworth retired and the church began a search for a new pastor. During the search process, Pastor Bob Parker served as interim Pastor giving leadership and encouragement to the church. In November 2008, Pastor Chris Law accepted the call to serve as Pastor until September, 2015, when the Lord directed his ministry to a church in the Midwest.
October 18-20, 2013, FBC Cambria celebrated 50 years of ministry in Cambria with a special celebration.
In March of 2016, Interim Pastor Steve Brown served and encouraged the FBC family during the waiting process as the search committee looked for a pastoral candidate. And in September, 2016, FBC extended a call to former Associate Pastor Josh Lieurance to return to FBC from a pastorate in Escondido as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Cambria.
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