OUR CHURCH HISTORY
In February, 1982, Jeff Walker packed his Toyota and headed for Palm Springs with one hundred dollars in his pocket and a sense of purpose in his heart. Victory Christian Center (VCC) began in the living room of Connie Diaz that month and, after a year, had grown to fourteen people. “I remember calling my dad and giving him the details of the church’s one year development. Upon hearing the news, he offered to send me money to come home. Funny thing was, I thought I was doing great!” Walker recalls with a deep laugh. “All I knew was I was to ‘Go to Palm Springs and start a church.’”
In the first eight years of ministry, church growth dictated changes in rented facilities in Cathedral City. We moved from a small building on Commercial Road to the Alpha Beta Shopping Center at Date Palm and Highway 111, then the Gas Company building on Kieley Road (interspersed with short stints at the Cathedral City Presbyterian Church, Nellie Coffman Middle School and a Palm Springs movie theatre), while church offices moved from Perez Road to 33rd Street. Land on Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage began to be acquired in 1985, eventually totaling the eleven acres the church holds today. In 1990, the first building was completed. Since then, a church office building, the combination Fellowship Hall/Classroom expansion, and the //oneighty Youth building have been added.
The ministry of VCC has flourished in the desert and, today, calls for two Sunday morning services in addition to the evening and midweek services. The church offers extensive ministry to seniors, adult, youth and children. Outreach ministry includes missions in more than twenty-five countries around the world, our Bread of Life Food Pantry, Prison and children’s ministries as well as several seasonal community outreaches.
As a life-long learner, Dr. Walker is passionate about educational opportunities for both the congregation and the community. As part of our rich history, VCC once operated both Victory Christian Preschool and Victory Christian Academy. The former was a year-round state licensed facility while the latter provided educational opportunities to students from kindergarten to 5th grade. Southern California Christian College celebrates more than twenty years of equipping adults to fulfill their God-ordained destiny and preparing leaders for a life of learning and effective ministry.