To glorify God in all things, at all costs, and among all peoples.
To partner with Jesus in offering our community and the world a better story and a better family modeled on Christ’s redeeming love.
OUR CORE VALUES:
Centered in God
Centered in intimacy with Jesus, and with worship that anchors us
Formed by His Word
Understanding and following the scriptures to shape our lives and our community
Part of His Family
To live as God’s family in authenticity, generosity, and practical love as we help each other follow Jesus
About His Mission
To reach more people and raise more leaders through proclaiming the Kingdom Gospel
Partnered with His Spirit
Partnering in His presence, power, and guidance as we devote ourselves to prayer
OUR MINISTRY COMMITMENTS:
Develop people and leaders by focusing on coaching and equipping
Care for the vulnerable
Prioritize mission at home and abroad
Lead with integrity, transparency and collaboration
Serve with humility, kindness and love
Evaluate regularly our effectiveness and impact
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In the late 1950s, the Lord laid it on the hearts of Phil and Viletta McClintock to establish a bible-teaching church in East Whittier. The McClintocks contacted members of the First Baptist Church of Montebello. God’s leading continued as seven families of the Montebello church who resided in the Whittier area agreed to pioneer the new church on the McClintocks’ property. In 1959, "Whittier Hills Baptist Church" was established, and is affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America and with the Pacific Church Network.
The McClintocks gave an acre of their land to the church and made two more acres available. The services began in the McClintocks’ home, and soon their chicken coop and the barn were used for classes. In 1959 they began holding worship services at the Happy Hour Play School in La Habra. By 1960, plans were being made for a single-story, all-purpose building to be built at Bogardus and Russell. This required the McClintock home to be dismantled. At the insistence of Viletta McClintock, the boards were carefully labeled, and the dismantled home was sent to Mexico to be rebuilt for further use in His kingdom work. A “Service of Dedication” of the initial property was held on January 20, 1963.
In January 1966, ground was broken for the construction of a chapel, and a second story was added to what is now affectionately called "McClintock's". A bus ministry was started, a second service and Sunday School were added. The congregation continued to grow, and an 11,000 square foot classroom and office facility were built. Significant ministries during this time included a visitation ministry, “Evangelism Explosion,” Women’s Missionary Fellowship, youth groups, Men’s Fellowship, and children’s choir.
During the late '70s additional ministries included “Men in Training,” AWANA, Sunday School classes adopting missionaries, a Men’s Saturday prayer group, small group studies, and the church library.
In 1987 the chapel was severely damaged by an arsonist. Our sorrow turned to joy as the people united, prayed, planned, reconstructed and expanded the chapel to become our present Worship Center. More programs were added, including Christmas Shines, Summer Festival and Harvest Festival. Our youth expanded their short-term mission trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Over the years, God has blessed us with many gifted pastors who have ministered faithfully. Pastor Robert Bishop has been on staff since November of 1992, initially serving as Associate Pastor. In September of 2002, Pastor Robert was confirmed as Senior Pastor (now "Lead Pastor"). His passion is to lead a healthy congregation into our church's purpose statement: "To glorify God in all things, at all costs, and among all peoples." Robert's leadership has been marked by passionately engaging our culture with the Word of God, moving us forward into current ministries of contemporary worship, life groups, multiple short term missions trips to strategic areas of the world, plurality of elders, and a relational pursuit of walking with Christ and seeking to become more like Jesus.
By 2005, running out of space with 3 worship center services (plus 2 overflow venue services) and every room at capacity usage, the church elders pursued options for expansion. With a heart to more effectively reach more people in our community with the gospel, we pursued a multisite approach for an extended season. We sent a group of leaders and 50 people to open a campus in Uptown Whittier in 2011. Then we sent multiple overseers and hundreds of people to establish another campus in La Habra in 2014. This included a name change to "Redemption Hill Church" -- a united church meeting in multiple locations. Eventually, both growing campuses were planted and established as independent churches. The Uptown campus became Disciple Church in March 2018, and the La Habra campus became Church Project Orange County in September 2018. Meanwhile, the home base location has continued on as "RHC".
The Spring of 2020 brought the Covid-19 era to churches across the world. For weeks we filmed from homes, then established recording and streaming capabilities from the church facilities, and then met outdoors on the lawn for nearly a year while streaming indoor services. We re-entered the Worship Center (with accompanying Live Streaming services) in mid-2021, and were so grateful to be back together as an embodied congregation of worshipers. We re-opened with dual, identical worship services.
We strive to serve the Lord as we continue to develop people who are shaped by the Gospel and thank God for his continual blessings. We seek to live as disciples of Christ as we become more like Jesus and help others become more like Him.