His Light started with a small Bible study in a home. When we leased our first modular building on Menifee Road, 19 people attended the first service held on February 5, 1989.
We outgrew the Menifee Road modulars when attendance reached 150, and the Sun City United Church of Christ (UCC) became our new home on May 2, 1993. Although His Light was a young church, we helped birth a new church in Mexico that same year. By 1996, the ministry to homeless and addicted men that we now call “The Hacienda” needed its own home, and we established the Hacienda Christian Life Campus in Perris. We also opened our first thrift store to serve the community and provide work and income to support the men at The Hacienda. That same year, we expanded to two Sunday morning services.
With the new decade came new beginnings of our own. In 2002, we purchased 9.5 acres at the corner of Holland Road and Murietta for $275,000, and the journey to building our own church home began. By November, 2005 the property was paid in full, two years ahead of schedule. In 2006, we petitioned the Assemblies of God to become a sovereign church and our request was granted.
We continued at the UCC location until August, 2012. Again, the continuing growth in our congregation and children’s department dictated the need for a larger facility. After extensive remodeling, we moved to our current location on Bradley Road that we refer to as “His Light Christian Center”. Pastor Garland B. Gauthier, Jr. has served as our senior pastor since our inception. In 2012, he was elected to the position of Presbyter by popular vote of the 32 Assembly of God churches in Riverside County, to preside over those same churches (while continuing to serve as our pastor.) God’s grace and favor has followed us through the years, as we have grown not only in our numbers, but also in our many community service outreach ministries. Today, He leads, inspires and provides for us to enter into all that He has planned for the body of believers He has brought together at His Light.