When it seemed that the members were simply going about their ordinary lives and coming together for weekly gatherings, unknown to them, God was working to establish His name and dwelling place here in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. He began to form and shape what is now the Canoga Park Church.
In the year 1968, Dn. James Wu and his family was the first to move into the Valley. Over the following years, other brothers and sisters also settled into the area and established their businesses here. Despite residing in the Valley, the members made their long weekly drive to attend services at El Monte Church. Although it was the members' aspiration to have a church in the region, it was only some thirty years later that God was to realize this dream.
In the year 1988, Bro Lee Kuo Chung worked as a chef in Thousand Oaks, (which is about a 40 minute drive southwest of Northridge). Unable to attend the Sabbath Services, a brother volunteered to pick up Bro Lee each Tuesday to attend the family service down at Baldwin Park Church. This weekly drive, of about 4 hours, in the heart of rush hour, continued for about half a year. Due to the long and tiresome drive, the bible studies were relocated to Bro. Lee's place. During the first meeting, only three persons attended. But the Lord had promised that when two or three gather in His name, He will be in their midst. Later, upon discovering that Sis. Shirley Lee and her son Alex also lived in Thousand Oaks, the services were moved to Sis. Lee's house instead. This continued for another half year when eventually the services were moved to Northridge, allowing other brothers and sisters in the are to also participate. Thank the Lord, this marked the beginning of Tuesday evening family services.
As time progressed, brothers and sisters began to see the logic of gathering on Fridays for Sabbath service instead of battling the heavy traffic. Thus, each Friday, brothers and sisters gathered for a Hymnal/Testimony and Prayer session. The backbone of what was to be the Northridge House of Prayer. Gradually through God's guidance and blessings, the Lord added to their number and truth seekers and other believers moved to the area.
Gradually, Saturday Sabbath services were introduced. The frequency of Sabbath services increased from once a month to three times a month. In March 2000, the members rented the West Valley Unity Church for worship. As the numbers continued to grow, the members felt the need for a place of their own. While searching for God's will, members began to look around for other places to rent as well as chapels for sale. In February 2001 when still nothing came up, letters were sent to all the neighboring churches to inquire if any were selling privately. Out of the hundreds of letters that were mailed out, two replied positively, one of which was the West Valley Bible Chapel, the property we have today. Although the congregation had decided to make an offer to purchase the chapel, West Valley Bible Chapel later informed the members that due to some internal disagreements, they were not ready to sell.
In February 2002, exactly one year later, West Valley Bible Chapel, having sorted out its internal affairs, informed the members that the chapel was for sale. After an unanimous vote, the members decided to continue the purchasing of the chapel with an offer of $500,000. Through the bountiful grace of the Lord and the love of the brothers and sister, the purchase of the chapel was smoothly completed on June 7, 2002.
June 22, 2002 marked the first Sabbath service to be held at the new chapel. With glad and joyful hearts, brothers and sisters gathered together with smiles adorning each face, thanks and praises on each lip and deepest gratitude in each heart. The members of Canoga Park are indebted to the love of the many brothers and sisters for their support, particularly Baldwin Park Church who has reared us like a mother with her child. May the Lord remember and shower His abundant grace and blessings upon you all. As a fledgling church, we also request that continued prayers be made for us so that we may grow steadfastly in the grace and knowledge of God. May all Glory, Honor and Praise be to our God and Savior, Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!