The Church of Christ which now meets at 7267 Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, California, first met in the home of Brother and Sister Hosea Chatham on 7565 Lincoln Avenue in Riverside, California. The Church later relocated to the home of William and Mary Downs, 7572 Freda Street, which is known as the Casa Blanca Community, in Riverside, California.
The Downs' home was bursting at the seams so they began to seek for a larger facility. They had made several moves before finally locating to the Downs' home. One of the moves was at Ninth and Lime Street, which had a room in the back, where the Black members worshiped.
They continued to search for an appropriate facility. Through much inquiry Brother James Mathews located the Emerald Street property, which they were blessed to purchase for a total of $300.00. This was accomplished by a payment of $50.00 down and $50.00 a month for five months.
Further, Brother James Mathews, who was a Chief Master Sergeant, was instrumental in getting March Air Force Base to donate and deliver a full military truckload of lumber for the cost of one dollar.
With the free labor by the members and the free materials, the total cost of the Emerald Street Church was $5,000. Brother Cassius of Los Angeles, California put up the financing. The building consisted of three classrooms, an auditorium, a baptistry and two bathrooms. The building was completed around 1952.
The Emerald Street Congregation worshiped at that location for twenty years.
Brother Lewis and the leadership started a Bond Program to purchase the property at Lincoln Avenue. They sold $36,000 in bonds and borrowed $100,000.00 from the bank. The cost of the building was approximately $80,000 and the land was $12,000.
On April 1, 1972, the Emerald Street Church moved to The Lincoln Avenue Church of Christ address.
The History of the Lincoln Avenue-Church of Christ continues to be written. What will the Lord find when he comes? It is the commitment of the Elders for the Lord to find a strong, faithful congregation of God's people meeting and worshiping in spirit and in truth.
May God continue to bless the church in His service.