The story of Ridgeview Hope Church starts with Pleasanton Evangelical Free Church. A church planted by the Walnut Creek EFC, now NorthCreek, was incorporated in 1968. Over the years, people came and people left and God worked in many ways through PEFC. In the late 90's we began to pray about selling part of the land and building a new facility on the rest. Finally the idea was broached, why not ask God about selling the whole property and finding a location where we could renovate a building and be in a high traffic location?
We looked at over 40 properties. We prayed and fasted about the building and felt God moving us ahead,
well aware that while God had done the timing on the building, we needed the most important part. A healthy
growing church. Revitalizing was not enough. We consulted with our Supt in the EFC, Steve Elliot. The elders and the church decided to go forward with more. We decided to become a church replant. That means instead of holding on with inordinate pride to the past, a replanted church leaves its former glory, its methods, its structure, and its practices and strategically plants its resources (body, budget, and buildings) in the spiritual ground. The desired result is a virile replanted church with a God-renewed mission to give new spiritual life to he community in which it ministers.
After that decision we began a church replant training team, and made plans to call our Associate Pastor
Ted Mendoza. We had money then but it was a step of faith to buy, renovate, and call an extra staff person. We knew it was possible that the building might take more time and money. And it did. But we kept pursuing that which was more important than just the building which we think is a great tool. We changed our name to Ridgeview Hope Church. Of all the various landmarks here, Mt Diablo (not so good) - Altamont (kind of boring); the Pleasanton Ridge stood out as significant. And Hope, had been a theme of our church for awhile.
Ps. 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Because our building was not completed we met in the parking lot from June- October of 2018 . February 10, 2019 was our official launch date .
It is our prayer that everyone who is in view of this Ridge would be presented with the Hope of Christ.
We adopted the new vision, mission, and set of values. We are still an Evangelical Free
church, but much has changed.
We want to help other Christian groups to have a place too. We thought that would be para church
organizations. But that did not work out. It turns out we could help other churches - WHF, CBC, and LBS school
meet here as well as a group planting a church from SVCA. We do not see other churches preaching the Gospel as competitors but as coworkers for the kingdom. There may be less than 100 churches in the tri valley, most less than 100 people. 5 churches use this building. We partner in the Gospel, finances, and a place that we can meet each week. Our vision, Lord willing, is to plant another church in 3 years. That is how most evangelism happens today. We want to help people to follow Jesus, be disciples, and train them to disciple their children. We have a second round of small groups opening in March, and we have a budding RHC kids ministry. We also envision being a servant in this community. We would help the city, the schools, particularly HART and our neighbors.