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 About Bethel

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Jesus didn't turn away people, neither do we.

In 2012, we celebrated 127 years in downtown Ontario, and rededicated our 100-year-old building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an all-Beethoven Concert by the Southland Symphony Orchestra.

We are a progressive church open to new ideas. If you have been looking for a church and have not found the perfect one, come help us turn Bethel into that church you have been looking for.

We are united by our radical welcome, not any tests of faith.

We are an "Open and Affirming" congregation of the United Church of Christ. Our Open and Affirming Statement is :

"We declare ourselves to be open and affirming. With God's grace, we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, or social-economic background.  We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation."

We have a long history in Ontario California. Bethel Congregational was incorporated back in 1885. Our current building, the gothic revival stone castle-looking building was dedicated in 1913. It remains a landmark at the corner of Euclid and F Street. We may look imposing and traditional from the outside, but inside you will find a welcoming congregation who is quite liberal in our theology.

At Bethel, we believe that religion doesn't have to be opposed to intellect. We are a church that encourages you to engage your mind as well as your faith. 

We recently were able to recover this 1985 Commemorative Booklet. There are many interesting facts and photos, so we have made it available in digital form.

click the image below for a pdf copy

Bethel History Booklet 1985

Bethel United Church of Christ is a small and growing church in downtown Ontario, California. We are more than 125 years young. Every member is a minister and any dream you have for the church can be a reality at Bethel. We say "yes"!

Want to make a difference? This is the place!

Where do you want to go today?

Regular Events:

Choir Rehearsal 9:15am
Worship: 10am prelude music for meditation/ Service begins at 10:10am

Wednesdays (Sept - mid-June):
Choir Rehearsal at 7pm

Last Saturday of the Month - Furry Friends Pet Food Bank at 10am

Southland Symphony Rehearsals 9:30am - noon when in session. See their website for full info.

Other events are often offered, and some are just now "getting organized/re-organized" - like Youth Group, Young Adults, some new discussion/exploration groups, stay tuned!

Call or email for details, locations, etc.

Bethel is an Open and Affirming UCC Congregation..

All are welcome!

Facilities Rental


For information about renting our beautiful Sanctuary for your event, please contact: 

Sandy Gunn, Events Coordinator

See Facilities Rental info page

(left) Wedding in the Sanctuary. The Parlor and downstairs area are available for receptions.

Bethel also hosts Southland Symphony Orchestra rehearsal and concerts. view recent concerts

Links of Interest

Bethel is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Within the United Church of Christ, Bethel falls within the territory of the Southern California/Nevada Conference. 

Within the Southern California / Nevada Conference of the UCC, Bethel belongs to the Eastern Association

A bit about joining a UCC congregation.

Click HERE for a flyer from the UCC about membership,and visit our membership class materials page

What it means to be Open and Affirming (ONA)

Bethel Congregational UCC

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