Community Baptist Church kicks off celebration of 50 years of service to Fallbrook

FALLBROOK – Community Baptist Church of Fallbrook held a kickoff celebration for its 50 years of service to the community of Fallbrook on Sunday, Feb. 23.

The day was punctuated with songs, words and reminders of all that this community church has done for the Fallbrook community.

Fifth District San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn presented a proclamation to Pastor Mark Bargaehr honoring Community Baptist for its 50 years of community service to Fallbrook.

Representatives from the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, the Fallbrook Food Pantry, and Dr. Willie Nolte from Transformation Ministries were in attendance, along with many former and current members and guests of Community Baptist Church. Also joining in the celebration were members of the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club, as well as Pastors Imelda and Darold Tucker from Peace and Fire Ministries.

A message was given by Pastor Mark Bargaehr about the original intention of the church when it was started in 1964. It was related that it was started as a mission church in Fallbrook, which at that time consisted of 10,000 people, no major freeway access, but was projected to be a growth city in North San Diego County. The founders believed that Fallbrook needed to hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ and His hope for the future for all people. Books and pictures of the original 15-acre site, later sold for building on the present site, were shown as well as videos of the timeline of the church and community.

Pastor Ray Bennett spoke of honoring the past and reminded the church of their faithful predecessors who had great passion and insight for the community. Dr. Willie Nolte spoke about celebrating the present and the goal of being faithful to the mission of Christ. Pastor Mark Barbaehr spoke on the greater things that Community Baptist Church is called to do over the next 50 years in Fallbrook, which includes being missionaries, disciples and family as core identities.

Community Baptist Church has declared 2014 to be a year of celebration of honoring the past, celebrating the present, and being faithful for the future.

The Fallbrook community is invited to celebrate the next event on Sunday, July 13, when the church is holding a community picnic in celebration of its 50th anniversary. For more information, go to or call (760) 728-2966.

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