The foundation of our church is rooted in the Restoration Movement- a Christian revival movement that emphasized local leadership, Christian unity, and the ability of all people to serve in ministry.
Our leadership is structured similarly to a non-profit organization, with an unpaid Board of Elders that provide spiritual and administrative direction for the church and committees which direct key initiatives: Outreach, Discipleship, Worship, and Stewardship.
Our Senior Minister, Dr. Mandye Yates, began her ministry with our church in June 2016. Prior to this role, she served in churches in Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky as well as providing leadership in youth ministry, children’s education, and ministry standards. She has completed a Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary, and studied Psychology at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Her husband is named Lee and they have two children, Ben and Callie.
First Christian Church was founded in 1905 by Charles Chapman (who Chapman Avenue and Chapman University would be named after) to serve the spiritual and community needs of the those living and working in the recently incorporated town of Fullerton. As the city has grown from an early agricultural producer, to manufacturing and industry, and now an education and arts community, the church has grown to reflect the distinctive identity of its community. Located in downtown Fullerton at the corner of Harbor and Wilshire, it is in the epicenter of the city’s vibrant downtown district and remains a foundation of the city’s life.