“At La Habra Hills Presbyterian Church we encourage people to develop Christ-centered lives through loving relationships, life-long discipleship, passionate worship, and compassionate outreach.”
A more in-depth explanation of our vision statement is available here:
LHHPC Vision Statement
Downloads from The Fellowship of Presbyterians:
In 2008, La Habra Hills Presbyterian Church (LHHPC) celebrated its 50th anniversary. LHHPC was officially organized and received its charter as a Presbyterian Church on May 25, 1958. Rev. Donald L. Halboth was installed as the founding Pastor. There were 134 charter members and five of these members are still active at LHHPC today.
The story began on March 2, 1958 when the first worship service was held in the La Habra Theater, one block west of Euclid on Whittier Blvd. Sunday School was held in the theater lobby. Naturally, all the children went straight to the candy counter to pick out their favorite candy to ask their mothers to buy for them. Needless to say, a parachute was used to cover the candy counter in the lobby after the first service. The pulpit and other equipment had to be carried up and down the stairs from the storage place in the theater every Sunday. One woman knelt on the theater floor to be ordained as a deacon. When she attempted to stand, her nylon stockings stuck to some gum on the floor. After all, it was a movie theater!
A building committee was formed August 3, 1958 and during the first Annual Congregational Meeting on January 28, 1959, the plot plan of the first building was presented and approved. Construction of the new facility on Idaho Street, our current location, was completed and the first worship service in the new building was held on March 6, 1960; two years after the first service in the La Habra Theater. With Sunday School attendance growing from 207 in the theater to 650 in the new building, it was clear that a new school building would be needed and a search began for an architect. The new classrooms were completed in June 1966 and the La Habra Hills Presbyterian Pre-school was born.
In February 1983, plans were approved to build a new sanctuary and on May 22, LHHPC celebrated its 25th anniversary with a Ground Breaking Ceremony. The architect was asked by Rev. Jon Wilson to design a place where those who visit and are searching would feel close to God; a place with green plants, rocky mountainous terrain and reflecting water against the clear sky. The design became a reality and in May 1984, the Presbytery meeting was held in our new sanctuary with the stained glass window behind the pulpit installed shortly thereafter. The Social Hall was expanded in 2006, including the installation of a fully equipped kitchen, providing our church family with a wonderful place for fellowship, sharing and celebration.
Rev. Donald Halbot June 1958 – June 1969
Interim Pastor Stanley George July 1969 – February 1970
Rev. Richard Gronhovd March 1970 – February 1975
Rev. Jon Wilson May 1976 – December 1991
Interim Pastor Steve Locke September 1992 – August 1993
Rev. Ron Kernaghan September 1993 – January 1999
Interim Pastor Bill Van Loan May 1999 – January 2001
Rev. Geoff Pfaff April 2001 – Present
If you’re new to our church and haven’t been to one of our worship services, here’s a little info to help you find your way around on Sunday morning:
A Friendly Hello: You’ll be greeted on your way into the sanctuary by our team of weekly greeters. Visitors can also expect to receive a bag of home-baked cookies following the Sunday morning service.
Parking: Ample parking can be found in lots surrounding the north, west, and south sides of the campus.
Music: Our band typically consists of piano, drums, guitars, bass, and a few singers. Music ranges from contemporary to traditional with a variety of band-led praise music and organ-led hymns.
Kids: Programs for children are available at 9am during the adult education hour, as well as during the 10am worship service.