The Free Methodist Church of Redlands has been referred to as the church with a “mustard-seed beginning” because in March 1925 a lone, quiet and unassuming nurse confided to friends about her hunger for a church. As a result, a tent meeting was held just west of the church’s first location and after the meeting 18 people became the first official members.
Construction of the first church building began at the corner of Webster Street and Colton Avenue and was completed and dedicated in 1926. A reconstructed house on the property became the parsonage.
A new season began for the Free Methodist Church in Redlands in 1960 with the construction of a beautiful new campus on Tennessee Street. For almost six decades, Brookside Church, the namesake of the surrounding neighborhood enjoyed unique seasons of diverse ministry to the Redlands Community. Many gifted and dedicated servants helped write Brookside Church’s storied history.
God has continued to do many wonderful things through the years in this Redlands Church and in the most recent season it became apparent that a new work of God’s Spirit was emerging, through a partnership formed with the Free Methodist Congregation in Rancho Cucamonga.
Now a multigenerational, multicultural church where people feel welcomed, valued and challenged as they seek, develop and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, CCF Redlands (formally Brookside Free Methodist Church) is a church where people encounter God and become an unstoppable force in their community. A church where the people of Redlands and the surrounding communities can connect with God and one another, grow in biblical knowledge to strengthen these vital relationships, serve one another in their areas of gifting, and impact their community for Christ.