Our History

Our church began its life in March of 1975 when a group of Christians from Valley Presbyterian Church in North Hills gathered for worship in the home of a member couple. As attendance grew, the services moved to space at A.E. Wright Middle School, just down the street from our present home. At the time, our church was little more than a core group or “plant” of members from our mother church.

In the Spring of 1977, we formally incorporated as Calabasas Presbyterian Church and called our first pastor. Calabasas Presbyterian Church met at the middle school for thirteen additional years.

in October of 1990, we purchased our current property at 4235 Las Virgenes Road. In December of that year, we purchased four portable buildings from the School District. Our site was subsequently cleared, grading completed, and the buildings moved onto the property. By April of 1991, the buildings were placed on their new foundations and the work of renovating their interiors for church use began.

During 1991, our second pastor was called, and on September 8, 1991, he led us in our first worship service in our new, re-purposed church facilities.

On October 13, 1991, the church was dedicated and we changed our name to Church in the Canyon (CITC).

In August of 1995, Poe Park (in the rear of the property) was completed and dedicated. The rose garden in the center of this park was dedicated in 2004 in honor of the mothers whose names are listed on a commemorative plaque placed there. The rose bushes were donated by the families of the mothers remembered.

In 1996, our second pastor resigned and the church again began the process of calling another minister. During which season, CITC was served by an interim pastor. About that same time, the congregation acquired a single family home in Oak Park, which still serves as the Church’s Manse for use by the Senior Pastor during his tenure.

In March, 1998, the third pastor in our church’s history was called, who became the first minister to live in the Oak Park Manse.

In 2003, the Lord blessed Church in the Canyon with sufficient financial resources to retire the mortgages on the Church’s Las Virgenes Rd. property, as well as the Manse.

In 2006, our third pastor accepted a call to minister to a church in his home state, and he resigned his office to serve there.

In August of 2007, CITC called and installed the fourth Pastor since our founding. He served us until December of 2023, when he too accepted a call to minister in a church in his home state.

As of the date of this writing, CITC is in the process once again, of seeking and calling a new Senior Pastor. While we prayerfully await God’s Providence on our behalf in that regard, we continue to be blessed by a litany of faithful men serving weekly as our Stated Pulpit Supply.

We continue to labor in God’s Vineyard, and are hopeful that you will consider joining us in our little faith community, and will unite with us in prayer that God will continue to bless our various ministries.