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Who we are

“We exist to help people know Jesus, find community, discover purpose, and make a difference.”

Whether you’re new to church, have been a Christian for many years, or
are looking for a fresh start, you’re welcome here. Our hope is to give you a
place where you experience a new start, a connection to God, and a community of people in Santa Cruz.

The CLC community is known as strong believers of Christ and warm and welcoming of all people who are looking for a relationship with Christ.

History & Present


Founded in Santa Cruz in 1926 as Glad Tidings Tabernacle, the church building was originally located on the corner of Ocean and Dakota streets in Santa Cruz. A permanent sanctuary, where the church now meets, was completed on Mission Street in 1956, including a 5,000 piece stain glass window (see photo below). The church was renamed First Assembly of God, Santa Cruz.

CLC became a focal point in Santa Cruz in the 1970s and 1980s under the leadership of Pastor Bob Padgett, including multiple services each weekend and a strong relationship with the now defunct Bethany College.


Today the people of CLC are friendly and welcoming and work hard to follow the example of Christ our Savior through gathering, serving the community and supporting local and foreign missions.

The church facility is used for gatherings each Sunday, baptism, prayer, worship and other church events. In 2023, CLC began hosting Celebrate Recovery group meetings. Join us!

What's going on at CLC?

You can learn more about our Ministries here, and sign up for the Weekly email newsletter to find out what's happening on a weekly basis at CLC and in the community. 

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