A History of All Nations African Seventh Day Adventist ChurchSan Bernardino, California
From humble beginnings
As a few African families and students living, studying and working in Southern California’s Inland Empire began to congregate in their homes for Bible study, worship and fellowship, to the coming together of these initial worship groups to formally begin having organized church services, subsequently becoming a company, and eventually a full-fledged church, the All Nations African SDA Church’s story is one of faith, courage, determination… and of course, God’s unconditional favor!
As the Lord had planned it, Pastor Dumiso Matshazi, an ordained minister was studying at the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, and he was able with the kind permission of the school’s Dean, to arrange for a meeting place large enough to accommodate everyone. The first official meeting place was in Nichol Hall, Room 1610 in the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University in early 1992. As membership rapidly grew, the group moved to Redlands and rented space in the “Pure Gold” Building at 303 Brookside Ave. In 1993, the group moved again and rented space at the Assemblies Of God Church on Richardson Street in San Bernardino.
In 1994, the group decided to purchase a 1-acre property located at 3505 Gould Street in Loma Linda, California to be used as a meeting place for worship and fellowship. As membership continued to grow, it became necessary to move to a larger facility and in 1997 a rental agreement was made with the Book Of Acts Church on Sterling Avenue in San Bernardino.
To be able to organize as an affiliate group, the Southeastern California Conference policy required the sponsorship of a “mother church”. Several churches turned the group down on the basis that there was no need for yet another church. But the then Vice President for Black Ministries, Elder Anthony Paschal, succeeded in getting Dr. Emil Peeler and the 16th Street Church of Seventh-day Adventists, San Bernardino to provide the required leadership for the group.
By God’s grace, in the fall of 1998, the group acquired a four and a half acre property from a departing Presbyterian Church. It is the present church property on 2282 East Pumalo Street, San Bernardino. The purchase was possible because of the support and guarantee of Senior Pastor Dr. Emil Peeler and the 16th Street Church. The property complex houses a sanctuary seating about 200, a kitchenette, two restrooms, and a multipurpose section with classrooms and a hall, and a forty-car parking lot.
In 2001 the Conference advanced the group from an Affiliate Group status to a Company; and then a few months later in the same year, the Company was voted to a full Church status.
Currently, All Nations African Church of Seventh-day Adventists comprises about twenty-three (23) different nationalities from Africa and around the world.
The following Pastors have served the church
1992-1995…………………….Pastor Dumiso Matshazi
1995-1997 …………..Various Church Elders filled in
1997-2002…………………..Pastor (Dr.) Jacob Nortey
2002-2003……………Pastor Carlyle Skinner
(Interim Pastor 6 months)
2003 – 2007 …………..Pastor (Dr.) Rowland Nwosu
2008 – 2008……………………Pastor Carlyle Skinner
(Interim Pastor 3 months)
2008-2010…………………..Pastor Michael Mupfawa
2011 – 2013 …………………..Pastor Robert Edwards
2013 – Present ………Pastor Martin Howard