The original idea of having a church at the corner of Russell and Bogardus in Whittier came about when the Lord laid it on the hearts of one couple, Phil and Viletta McClintock. The McClintocks contacted members of the First Baptist Church of Montebello. God’s leading continued, seven families of the Montebello church who were residents of the Whittier area agreed to pioneer the new church on the McClintocks’ property. Since 1959, RHC has been affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America and 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 first of our present facilities was held on January 20, 1963.
In January 1966, ground was broken for construction of a chapel, and a second story was added to what is now called McClintock Hall. A bus ministry was started, and a second service and Sunday School were added. The congregation continued to grow, and an 11,000 square foot classroom and office facility were added. Some of the other programs taking form during this time were a visitation ministry, “Evangelism Explosion,” Women’s Missionary Fellowship, youth groups, Men’s Fellowship and children’s choir.
During the late '70s additional programs added to our ministry 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. 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 RHC with many gifted pastors and ministers. In September of 2002, Pastor Robert Bishop was confirmed as RHC’s senior pastor. Pastor Robert has been on staff at RHC since November of 1992. He was serving as Senior Associate Pastor overseeing day-to-day church administration, preaching, adult ministries, senior ministries, and missions until his confirmation to Senior Pastor. His passion is to glorify God through outreach, missions and a spiritually-healthy congregation.
With a heart to reach more people with the gospel, RHC opened a campus in Uptown Whittier in 2011 and another one in La Habra in 2014. Over the years, they grew and eventually planted as independent churches. The Uptown campus became Disciple Church in March 2018, and La Habra became Church Project Orange County in September 2018.
We strive to serve the Lord as we continue to develop people who are shaped and driven by the Gospel and thank God for his continual blessings.
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
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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STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. The Doctrine of the Bible
We believe that every word of the sixty-six books of the Bible is inspired by God, through the supervision of the Holy Spirit. The Scripture is without error in the original manuscripts and is our final authority for all belief and behavior (Ps. 19:7; II Tim. 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20,21).
2. The Doctrine of God
a. The Trinity - We believe in the one living and true God, eternally existent in three distinct persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All share the same nature, attributes and perfections and are equally worthy of our worship and obedience (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2; Mt. 3:16-17; 28:19; Jn. 1:1-2; Heb. 1:1-3).
b. God the Father - We believe God the Father orders and works all things according to His sovereign and gracious will and for His own glory. He is graciously involved with men and is the giver of every good gift. He has so designed it that He eternally saves from sin all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ (Ps. 145:8-9; Jn. 3:36; 5:24; Eph. 1:3-12; Jas. 1:17).
c. God the Son, Jesus Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of Man. Being fully God and fully man, His sacrificial death on the cross paid the penalty for man's sin. His bodily resurrection declares that the Father accepted His sacrifice and is a guarantee of the future resurrection to life of all believers. Jesus is the sole mediator between God and man, and through Him each believer approaches God directly. He is now at the Father's right hand as the Head of the church and the advocate and intercessor of believers. Before the millennium, He will return to catch away (rapture) His bride, the church. Subsequently, He will establish His earthly kingdom (Lk. 1:31, 35; Jn. 1:1-2,14; Rom. 4:25; Rom. 6:5-10; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:20-23; I Thes. 4:13-18; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25; I Pt. 2:9,24; I Jn. 2:1-2).
d. God the Holy Spirit - We believe that the Holy Spirit works to carry out the Divine will in this world. He was active in creation, the writing of Scripture, and Jesus' earthly ministry. Since Pentecost, the focus of His ministry is to complete the building of the Church. This ministry includes convicting the world; regenerating, sealing, and uniting into the body of Christ all who trust Christ for salvation; indwelling and empowering believers for growth and service. All He does glorifies Christ (Gen. 1:2; Mt. 1:18; Jn. 3:5-8; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9-11; Gal. 5:16-17; Eph. 1:13-14; II Pt. 1:20-21).
3. The Doctrine of Man
We believe that God created man in His own image to glorify Him, enjoy His fellowship, and carry out His will and purpose on the earth. Man disobeyed God's revealed will and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death. All men are sinners by nature and practice. They are hopelessly and eternally lost in sin, apart from salvation through faith in Christ (Gen. 1:26; 2:7; 3:1-24; Rom. 1:18-32; 3:10-23; 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3).
4. The Doctrine of Salvation
We believe that salvation is completely the work of God apart from any human merit. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin by His substitutionary death and resurrection. By faith in Him alone, a lost sinner is forgiven of his sins, made a child of God forever, and given all that he needs for spiritual life, including direct access to God through Christ (Jn. 1:12; 3:16; 10:27; Rom. 8:29-30; Eph. 1:3-13; 2:8-9; II Cor. 5:17-21; II Tim. 2:15; I Pt. 2:9, 10; II Pt. 1:3).
5. The Doctrine of the Church
We believe that all true Christians since Pentecost have been united by the Holy Spirit into one spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the Head. Believers are directed by Scripture to be baptized in water as a visible testimony of their faith and to identify with a local community of believers. This local church functions under Christ and in conjunction with its leaders to worship God, to build up one another for growth and ministry, and to carry out the Great Commission. The building up of one another should include the practice of two symbolic ordinances, believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord's supper, as well as the exercise of spiritual gifts. While we acknowledge a diversity of views on spiritual gifts, it is our conviction that the miraculous sign gifts fulfilled their purpose, and the practice of this church shall reflect this conviction. The hallmark of believers is to be their love for one another expressed in tangible ways. We believe in the autonomy of the local church, but we also cooperate with other churches of like faith to accomplish common ends. We believe that the church should be ordered, maintained, and directed apart from the state, and that there should not be a state church (Mt. 22:37; 28:19-20; Jn. 13:34-35; Acts 2:41-47; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 12-14; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11-16; I Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 10:24-25).
6. The Doctrine of Satan
We believe that Satan is a spirit being who rebelled against God and has continued to be the arch-enemy of God and His purposes. He authored sin and provoked the fall of man. Though he is presently the prince of this world, he is under a curse and is destined to eternal punishment in the lake of fire. While Satan clearly opposes the spiritual life and growth of believers, they are secure in Christ and need not fear internal domination of demonic forces (Gen. 3:1-16; Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-15; Mt. 4:1-11; II Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; I Pt. 5:8; Rev. 20:2-3,10).
7. The Doctrine of Last Things
We believe in the imminent, pre-millennial return of Christ to establish His kingdom upon earth. We also believe that every human being will experience bodily resurrection, believers to eternal life with God, and unbelievers to eternal judgment and separation from God in the lake of fire (Mt. 25:31-46; Jn. 5:21-29; I Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:11-15).
Historic Distinctives of Baptists
The Bible is the final authority for faith and practice.
The priesthood of all believers.
Two symbolic ordinances, believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
Local church autonomy.
Separation of church and state.
Separation from theological liberalism.