Our story

Pastor Dave and Sonjia Braun entered into full-time ministry in 1982. After serving for two years on staff in a nearby church, they were asked to pastor in Porterville, CA. On July 15, 1984 they officially became the pastors at Believers Church.

Although the work was small (approximately 75 people), their intense commitment and genuine love for people was evident to all who came through the doors. All these years, they have chosen to passionately serve God and the church with great joy and steadiness.

Even now, after the sudden homegoing of Pastor Dave, the vision for the city and the love for all people continues. The work is not finished. Believers Church willingly embraces the call to make a difference in our community. To help each other "do life together" remains the primary focus as our church continues to move into all that God has for us.

the vision

Recognizing that all people need God,
we endeavor to build Believers Church
on a Mountain of Love.
We believe that as we serve God,
we will see the broken touched with God's love,
God's word proclaimed, and individuals emerge
as godly leaders in their communities. 

We Believe

...the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

...our God is one, yet manifested in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
...man is a created being, made in God's image; through Adam's fall, sin came into the world. 
...salvation is the gift of God to man, made possible by faith in Jesus Christ. 
...in eternal life provided by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. 
...in the act of water baptism, by immersion, for those who believe. 
...in the baptism of the Holy Spirit; speaking in tongues often accompanies this experience. 
...in the work of grace in a believers life as they learn the walk of holiness. 
...that healing has been provided for those who will pray in faith. 
...in the soon coming return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
...there is a hell for those who refuse to accept Jesus as their Savior.