The Gospel

The Gospel is the good news that sounds too good to be true, but is true! Even though we are more sinful and rebellious than we can know, God’s love is so great that Jesus lived perfectly for us and the paid the penalty for us by dying in our place. All we need to do is turn away from our sins (this is called repentance) and turn towards God by accepting this gift with a believing heart. (See Romans 1:16-17; 1 John 1:5-10)


Many people, and all religions besides Christianity, believe that the way to salvation and Heaven is to earn God’s favor through good works. The Gospel of Jesus Christ says otherwise – that if we try to earn our standing with God, we are rejecting His gift of rescuing us from ourselves. Christians are those who trust in what Jesus has done, not in what we do.


The Gospel says that we are so sinful that we cannot save ourselves, and that God’s love is so great that He is eager to rescue us from ourselves, from our sin, and from this wicked, broken world. One writer has said “The Gospel is that I am so sinful that Jesus had to die for me, yet so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. I can’t fell superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone.”







A community of Christ’s coming kingdom, bringing hope to a broken world



Loving God and loving others as we are transformed by his love 


Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).


The PCA subscribes to the Westminster Confession of Faith, together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and the Book of Church Order, all of which are subordinate to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the inerrant Word of God.

5 Core Values

We believe that God has called us to be fruitful and to multiply. Therefore, as we grow, we will plant churches and partner with others to advance His Kingdom in our city and beyond.


A Worshiping Community

Since the gospel frees us from a guilty conscience and from believing lies about God, we are able to enjoy God and worship him freely. It is only in God-centered worship that we are delivered from the bondage of the self-centered life, and such a God-centered life is the doorway into the joy and purpose he designed us to experience.


A Healing Community

Since the gospel brings healing to broken sinners, we are a community where such healing is experienced. Though all healing comes from God, he uses his people to be his instruments in this. We do so through such gospel qualities as acceptance, gentleness, patience, love, safety and hope.


A Teaching Community

Since God has chosen to bring the gospel to us through Word and Spirit, we teach the whole Bible to the whole person through the power of the Spirit.

A Welcoming Community

Since the gospel announces God’s welcome of unworthy sinners through Christ, we are a place where people are welcomed. Though friendliness is part of this, it goes beyond friendliness to an attitude of acceptance that offers a seat at the table to anyone who will come. While being true to our context, we strive to remove all boundaries to inclusion except the stumbling block Jesus is to some. We give of ourselves to pursue others with this good news of welcome, and not wait on them to come to us.


A Giving Community

Since the heart of the gospel is God’s generosity to us at great cost to himself, we  reach out and give generously of ourselves to others, both those inside the church and those outside the church. We give our time, money, people and facilities, sharing what God has so freely given to us for the sake of his kingdom.

Our History

Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church began in 1854 under the name Rocky Ridge Cumberland a Presbyterian Church, near the current facilities of Briarwood Presbyterian Church.


AVPC moved to its current facilities in 1912 as the result of a church split over whether or not the church should maintain its affiliation with the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination or establish a new affiliation with the northern Presbyterian Church. The group that moved to the church’s current location chose to be members of the northern Presbyterian Church. The name of the church was changed to Acton Memorial Church, in honor of Zephaniah William Henry Acton, a charter member and founder of the church. The rolls of the church were dominated by the Acton name in those days.


Until the late 1960’s, the church struggled in different ways, with any limited prosperity always being followed by some crisis that caused significant numbers of the congregation to leave.


With the community beginning to grow around it, and with the blessing of God through some excellent pastoral leadership, the church began to grow in the late 1960’s. The name was changed in 1968 (by a congregational vote of 17-7) to its current name, reflecting the determination of the church to reach its community.


Several building programs were initiated and completed during the 1970’s and early 80’s, including the 1983 razing of the old sanctuary and the construction of our current sanctuary as a replica of that old building. On June 4, 1978, the congregation voted unanimously to change its denominational affiliation to the PCA.

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