CUCC History



Claremont United Church of Christ, Congregational, was organized in 1891 as the Claremont Congregational Church under the direction of founding pastor Charles Burt Sumner.  For fifteen years, the congregation met on the campus of Pomona College.  In 1900 the congregation called Dr. Henry Kingman, who served as pastor for 17 years.

In 1906 the first building was dedicated on the site where the Henry Kingman Chapel now stands. In 1928, the Guildhall was added to accommodate the growing congregation. At this time the church was called The Claremont Church or Claremont Community Church.

After the second world war, the congregation built the current sanctuary. Theodore Criley was the architect, and contributing artists included Millard Sheets, Albert Stewart, Jean and Arthur Ames, David Scott, Harrison McIntosh, Phil Dyke, Betty Davenport Ford, and Sam Maloof. In 1955, the sanctuary building was dedicated and the top floor of the Guildhall was remodeled to make larger classrooms for the growing Sunday School.

After the completion of the Sanctuary building, Kingman Chapel was dedicated in 1963. In 1966, the congregation voted to join the United Church of Christ.




In the 1970s, the Guildhall and Sanctuary were redecorated and repainted. 1992 was the church's centennial celebration. The following decade, the congregation voted to become Open and Affirming, whereby all persons are accepted regardless of their race, background, or sexual orientation. The Sanctuary was again remodeled with the addition of the new organ, sound system, lighting and acoustical work. 

Through the years, CUCC members have been leaders in the community serving as Council Members and heads of various commissions. The establishment of Pilgrim Place, Mount San Antonio Gardens, Oak Park Cemetery, and Casa Colina were all the result of the congregation’s efforts.

In August 2016, the church's first co-pastors were called: Rev. Jennifer Strickland and Rev. Jacob Buchholz.

The long and remarkable history of Claremont United Church of Christ demonstrates that God's dynamic Spirit is alive and moving. We can't wait to see what the future brings!