History of COV

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Church of the Valley’s history is rooted in the stories of two earlier Disciple of Christ churches. In 1989, Central Christian Church of Van Nuys merged with The Little Brown Church of Studio City to form the Church of the Valley. Each of these congregations brought a rich tradition of ministry and faith to this new union. Today, Church of the Valley is one congregation worshiping in two locations each Sunday.


The Central Christian Church was founded over 100 years ago by a small committed group with the aid of a renowned evangelist. A large congregation soon developed, and in 1924 the building within which we worship today was constructed. The Little Brown Church grew out of the vision of the Rev. John Wells who saw the need for a refuge in the midst of the city- where the doors would always remain open for those seeking seek spiritual solace. The simple chapel was erected in 1939 and soon housed a flourishing congregation under Rev. Wells leadership.

The two churches which came together in 1989 to form Church of the Valley were very different, but the people themselves shared common traits: adaptability, pragmatism, hopefulness, and commitment. They also share some fundamental qualities which describe all Disciples of Christ:


  1. A genuine respect for the freedom of belief. We are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  2. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and they are expected to extend that freedom to others as well.
  3. A belief that all God’s people are essentially one body and that we cooperate with all good people in all good works.
  4. A proud heritage of an open Communion table. Communion is a sign of God’s grace offered to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
  5. A ministry of all believers. Both ordained and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth.

An early motto sums up the life at Church of the Valley:

“Agree to differ, Resolve to love, Unite to serve.”

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