In the beginning...
The Center was founded and chartered as a church by Rev. Hazel Hein with a small, but faithful group of people. When Rev. Hein retired as pastor, Rev. Coline Collins from Fresno commuted to Visalia for a couple of years in the early 1980’s and served part time, speaking at Sunday morning services. She was, however, unavailable for classes and other pastoral services. The church went through a rough period, diminishing in number of members and attendees and in 1987 lost its church charter due to its relatively inactive status.
In 1987 Rev. Sandy Jacob was staff minister in Fresno. Only about 5 or 6 people remained active in the Visalia church. Rev. Jacob decided to serve as its new pastor and under her excellent leadership the church grew from a membership of 10 to 75, resulting in the church charter being restored in 1988.
Rev. Jacob served until 1998, passing the mantle of leadership to Rev. Linda Wise. Rev. Wise served as pastor for 2 years, followed by Rev. Patty Spicer who served as an interim minister for several months while the Board carefully considered their choice of a new pastor. Rev. Robert Dean III was chosen and served as pastor for 2-
Rev. Clancy Blakemore temporarily took the reins in June 2015 so that we could work through the Co-
The church first started meeting at the Women’s Club in Visalia, then moved to an office building on Mooney Blvd. It utilized a variety of spaces over the years, meeting at the Elks Club on West Main, the Rotary Theater and the back of the California Federal Bank building until we purchased our present building at 117 S. Locust in 1995.
Consciousness created this Center and commitment has kept it going. An inspired and well-