Our Church History
What is now the Kansas Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church, began in July 1934 as a branch Sabbath School in the home of Omar and Bertha Stratton on 11th Street in Riverside, California. Near the end of 1935, the group outgrew the Stratton’s living room. To house the rapid growth, they rented the Masonic Lodge Hall for $10.00 a month. Elder Prout, President of the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, declared and organized the group of eighteen into a company. Brother Stratton was ordained as an Elder and led the company for several years.
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