Our Long History
On November 1, 1986, in the town of El Dorado, Pastor Leon Chambers held the first service for what was then called the El Dorado Assembly of God. The small congregation moved to Placerville a short time later because they were able to rent commercial space at the Forestry building off Forni Road.
When Pastor Chambers suddenly became too ill to pastor full-time, he resigned, and in February of 1987, the congregation elected Bobby Jones to be their Senior Pastor.
Under the leadership of Pastor Bobby Jones and his wife Sharon, the church began to grow as they continued to meet in rented facilities in Placerville until 1990. During this time they applied for and received sovereign church status with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. The church grew from approximately 35 members to 80 members.
In 1990, the church moved to Cameron Park, CA to plant a church in that area since another Assembly of God church already existed in Placerville. It was at this time that they changed their name to Cameron Park Christian Center to better identify with the community that was now their new home. They met in the gymnasium at Camaro Springs Middle School on Sunday mornings, and they leased office space in Burke's Junction Shopping Center that was formerly known as "Sam's Town" near the freeway. The church continued to grow and averaged over 100 in attendance.
In 1993, the church bought property in the Barnett Business Park and built a facility of 6500 square feet that houses a worship auditorium, kitchen, multi-purpose room, nursery, and offices. Pastor Bobby Jones who had served the church for 16 years felt a calling to resign in 2003 and pastor an international English speaking church in Spain. The Church awarded him with a plaque that gave him the title "Pastor Emeritus."
Another shift in leadership for a few years while Marty Swift was elected to fill the office of Senior Pastor in 2004, and served until 2007. Reverend Glen Cole, the former Senior Pastor of Capital Christian Center, and Trinity Life in Sacramento became the interim pastor. Pastor Bobby Jones was returning from the mission field, and Pastor Cole and the congregation of CPCC invited Pastor Bobby to come home and re-elected him as their Senior Pastor.
In 2014 Pastor Bobby retired as Senior Pastor, and the Church Board and congregation invited his son Robert to be elected as their new Pastor on February 23rd. Pastor Rob and his wife April have served on the mission field in Spain, as well as holding associate positions in large churches and have planted several churches themselves. The congregation continues to grow as outreach to the surrounding communities including El Dorado Hills and Placerville.
With this growth, an opportunity to purchase and develop a 10-acre parcel off the freeway was presented to the congregation and approved in 2016. In 2017 we were excited to change our name to Freedom Church, to match our identity given to us through Christ.