The story of Journey of Faith is truly a story of what God is doing right now among His people in the lower East Bay. But, like every story, it has roots, and these are some of ours.
A body of people in the Niles Community formed the Niles First Church of the Nazarene. This church grew and eventually established itself in a building erected at the corner of Niles Boulevard and Nursery Avenue. Many people found relationships with Christ and a holiness Body of faith was established. The Church officially renamed itself Fremont First Church of the Nazarene in 1973.
A group of believers in the central section of the brand new city of Fremont, CA (formed July 23, 1956 by the merger of five small communities, Centerville, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles and Warm Springs) met together in the home and Jim and Martha Mardis to create a new church, Fremont Central Church of the Nazarene. The new church was incorporated on September 20, 1965 under Pastor John Fabrin. Eventually, this group was able to purchase a piece of property facing Mowry Avenue between Blacow Road and Fremont Boulevard. Portions of the original tract were sold off to enable the congregation to build, in two phases, the church property which now stands at 39009 Cindy Street, Fremont, CA.
The two bodies, Fremont First Church of the Nazarene and Fremont Central Church of the Nazarene, under the pastoral leadership of Revs. Jim Kent and Robert Denham, merged to become a single Body residing at the Central church property and under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Denham, and collectively known as Fremont Central Church of the Nazarene.
A Spanish language preaching point was established to meet in the Central Church property. The planting pastor was Rev. Juan Hernandez of the Hayward, CA Casa de Aracion congregation. The newly formed congregation was known as Cuidad del Refugio. Pastor Douglas Soto was the first pastor, shortly replaced by Pastor Rosa Palma.
The Central Church congregation, under Pastor Joe Shreffler, elected to change their name in order to indicate a new direction to the community. The church became Fremont Journey of Faith, a Church of the Nazarene.
Cuidad del Refugio, under Pastor Rosa Palma's leadership, voted to become a part of the Fremont Journey of Faith congregation. Pastor Joe Shreffler led the Journey of Faith family in accepting these new brothers and sisters, and Journey of Faith became a single unified congregation. The Spanish Language congregation became known as Fremont Camino de Fe, una Iglesia del Nazareno.