On June 4, 1911, a few scattered residents in the Yorba Linda community realized the need for Christian education for their children. The following year on August 10, 1912, Friends Church was organized and built on School Street at the cost of $1,513.63. Among the charter members were Frank A. Nixon and Hannah M. Nixon, parents to former President, Richard M. Nixon.
In 1928, the growth at Friends Church called for a new church building to be built at 4842 Main Street to house its congregation.
Nearly 57 years later, on August 3, 1969, the expansion of God's work continued as 200 church participants broke ground on the five and one-half acre plot at 5211 South Lakeview Avenue. John Parker, chairman of the Finance Committee, was quoted as saying, "We are aware of the sacrifices made in years past which have given us and our children the dedicated ministry we enjoy today. I feel it's a privilege being able to invest in the on-going work of the church."
To this day the bell from the original 1928 belfry sits proudly on the Lakeview property. No longer does it ring out across the valley to say it is the Lord's day, but it sits proudly as a remembrance to all who walk past it of the rich heritage that calls the Lord's followers to be the sound of Christ's love to all of the world.
"No mere account can tell the story. When did it begin? In 1912? 1928? 1970? or 2004? The consecrated ministers; the dedicated laymen and laywomen; the changed lives. The story has not ended here and now. It will not end until the Lord comes. It goes on and on..."