Orange County Church History


Orange County Church is the oldest active protestant church in Orange County.  The church has been located in the same building and at the same address since 1881.



Orange County Church is part of the Advent Christian Denomination.


What does Advent Mean?

“Advent” simply means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.  Christmas is called the Advent Season because we celebrate the first coming of Jesus Christ.  Scripture tells us that Christ will return at the end of time (Acts 1, Matthew 24, Mark 13, 1 Corinthians 15) which is known as the second advent of Christ.  Today we believe that Jesus will indeed return when the trumpet sounds but scripture is clear that “no man knows the day or hour” (Mark 13:32).  While we live with the expectation and hope that Christ could return at any moment we know death is a certainty within our lifetime.  As Christians we prepare for both of these scenarios in the same way, by believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God born of the virgin Mary who lived a perfect sinless life, showing us the example of how we are to live and please God.  He died on the cross paying the penalty for our sins and rose from the grave on the third day as scripture states.  When we put our trust in the risen Lord we have the forgiveness of sins, a new life begins, and the promise of eternal life in heaven is our undeserved reward.



Additional Resources:

Our Church History

Advent Christian General Conference

Advent Christian Church

Denomination Origins

Aurora University– Founded by the Advent Christian Denomination



Further Reading:

Barton, Freeman. 
Advent Christian Church: Who we are, Where we came from, Where we are going
. Charlotte, N.C.: Advent Christian General Conference, 2008. Print.
Fahlbusch, E., & Bromiley, G. W. (1999-2003).
The encyclopedia of Christianity
.  Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leiden, Netherlands: Wm. B. Eerdmans; Brill.
Hewitt, Clyde E..
Midnight and Morning: An account of the Adventist awakening and the founding of the Advent Christian Denomination, 1831-1860
. Charlotte, N.C.: Venture Books, 1983. Print.
Hewitt, Clyde E..
Responsibility and Response
. Charlotte, N.C.: Venture Books, 1986. Print.
Hewitt, Clyde E..
Devotion and development
. Charlotte, N.C.: Venture Books, 1990. Print.