Who We Are
We at Wintersburg Presbyterian Church strive to be faithful people, dedicated to following God's commandments and His vision for the ministry of the church. We are confident that all things are possible with God, and we seek His guidance as we reach for our highest goals for this ministry. Our vision statement is:
God has truly blessed our church throughout its history, beginning in 1902, when visionaries of the Westminster Presbyterian and Methodist Evangelical Churches responded obediently to God's calling to minister to young bachelors from Japan who labored in the celery fields of what is now Huntington Beach.
In 1910, the people of the mission recognized the need to further expand the ministry by building a Wintersburg Mission facility on an acre of land in Huntington Beach, which was generously donated by Mr. C. M. Furuta. Although they faced difficult economic conditions, other early pioneers of the church made great sacrifices to contribute to this building project.
With God's blessing on the mission work, Wintersburg eventually gained church status and was organized in 1930 as the Japanese Presbyterian Church of Wintersburg.
In 1965, the congregation took a major step of faith when it decided to relocate to its current location on Fairview Street in Garden Grove (now part of Santa Ana). Since 1965 we have expanded our facilities several times to accommodate the needs of our congregation.
In September of 2014, Wintersburg was graciously dismissed from the PCUSA denomination and is now a member of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. We believe that ECO’s and our core values are much more aligned theologically, and we eagerly look forward to serving the Lord together.
Currently our attendance is over 500 members and we continue to teach the good news of Jesus Christ to mainly English-speaking Asian and Japanese-speaking people in the community.
God's Calling for Wintersburg
We are a Christ-centered Church, affirming the authority and inerrancy of the Bible, called to serve God through worship, the nurturing of believers, and being a witness to the world.I. Serving God through worship: Due to the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, we are called to glorify God through corporate worship. (Hebrews 10:19-26)
a. By the preaching of the Word (2 Tim. 1:11; Titus 1:9)
b. By the right administration of the Sacraments (Matt. 28:18-19; 1 Corin. 11:23-30)
c. By prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)
d. By song (Psalm 96:1)
e. By the collection of offerings (Genesis 28:20-22; 1 Corin. 16:1-2)
II. Serving God through the nurture of believers: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are called to build up the Church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
a. By the teaching of the Word (Deut. 4:9; Colossians 1:24-29)
b. By engaging in Biblical fellowship (Acts 2:42-47; Philippians 2:1-11)
c. By nurturing discipleship (Matthew 16:24-26; Hebrews 6:1-3)
d. By the equipping of disciples for service (Hebrews 13:20-21; Ephesians 6:10-18)
e. By caring for one another (John 13:34-35; Galatians 5:13)
III. Serving God through witness to the world: In obedience to the commands of Jesus Christ, we are called to be salt and light to the world and to spread the Gospel. Therefore, we will actively and fully engage in the mission of the church, both locally and globally (Matthew 5:13-16; Matthew 28:18-20; Psalm 96:3; 105:1; Isaiah 12:4-5)
a. By engaging in evangelism (Luke 14:16-24; Acts 28:30-31)
b. By engaging in justice ministries (Proverbs 11:1; 20:10; Micah 6:8)
c. By engaging in mercy ministries (Isaiah 58:6-7; James 1:27)
Worship is simply our response to who God is and all that He has done for us. As we grow in our relationship with God, our lives become transformed through His word and by His Spirit’s work in our lives. We worship God because He is so worthy of our praise and adoration.
Jesus said, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn.4:23-24). It is our heart’s desire to grow to be the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. We want to know God on a more intimate level and to keep growing in our understanding of His word and ways.
The goal of the Worship Ministry at Wintersburg is to glorify God, and for lives to be transformed, healed, and deepened in their love and relationship with God.Here at Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, we’re blessed to have many generations of believers ranging from 0-90+ years old. Commonly, each generation embraces their own style of musical worship that resonates in their hearts.
Knowing that Wintersburg has many musical worship style preferences, we try to have worship teams and worship styles that represent and minister to each generation of believers.
We have the traditional Hymn Leader-Pianist style of worship, a college worship band, several young adult bands, a married couple that’s an acoustic guitar-based team, several Baby Boomer led bands, a multigenerational band, and a Hawaiian-styled ukulele-driven seniors team that favors the Hymns.
We’re even blessed to experience multi-cultural worship in our Easter/Christmas services and other occasions when our Nichigo Worship Team and Nichigo Choir leads the English congregation in worship.
Probably, the best example of multigenerational worship through the performing arts is our Wintersburg Hula Team, whose members include Jr. High/High school youth, Collegians, Young Adults, Baby Boomers, and our Seniors.
All of these different ways of expressing worship to our Savior and Lord are but a snapshot of what worship in Heaven is going to be like…many unique and heart-felt expressions of worship to the one who is worthy of our worship.To learn more about how we worship, please download our brochure: Worshipping at Wintersburg Brochure