Our History

old-emmanuel-churchGenerations of Faithfulness

Emmanuel Church has been proclaiming Jesus Christ to Burbank, and to the world, since the 1930’s.

The early seeds of Emmanuel Church were planted when a small group of Scandinavian friends and family began to meet for prayer in the homes of Emmanuel and Elizabeth Peterson and Arnold and Margaret Peterson. From these meetings a desire grew to have a local church in Burbank, rather than having to travel to other cities. From that vision, Emmanuel Church of Burbank was officially formed on June 8, 1941 with 49 charter members. The name Emmanuel was chosen to both honor the founder, Emmanuel Peterson, and to recognize that emmanuel also means “God with us.”

Shortly after those humble beginnings, Emmanuel grew in size and soon purchased property on Cypress Street to expand their ministry. In the 1950’s, the decision was made to join the Evangelical Free Church of America as a denominational affiliation. Currently, Emmanuel has families representing four generations who have grown up in Emmanuel Church.

Emmanuel EV Free Church has enjoyed a rich heritage. It’s history has been filled with both joys and challenges. As God leads, we look forward to continuing into the next generation our long history of faithfulness and effectiveness for the Lord’s sake.

As we consider both the past and the future, we think of the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 1:6

“I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”