Faith Assembly Church History
The dream and vision of Faith Tabernacle Assembly was birthed in the hearts of founding pastors Arlon and Sylvia Tilley. Their desire was twofold.
- To have a place where people of all faiths could gather and worship in one accord without the restrictions of denominational barriers.
- A place where people could be taught, trained, and sent out into the harvest field.
Founding pastor, Arlon Tilley took the first steps of fulfilling this vision by renting the old church building at 1167 Magnolia Street in Redding CA. The first service was held on May 14, 1967 with nineteen in attendance. The building was later purchased in April of 1970.
On completion of purchasing the church on Magnolia Street, Pastor Tilley began a search for land on which to build and expand. On June 17, 1978 ten acres of prime land was purchased on Airport Road, this marked the beginning of a new era for the church.
In October of that same year, the body gathered at the construction site for the groundbreaking ceremony. Thus, began phase I of the building project. This first phase consisted of constructing a temporary sanctuary with a kitchen, nursery, and restrooms. Construction was completed in August of 1980 and worship services began.
Having completed phase I, planning for phase II began immediately. In July of 1984 the brethren joined once again in breaking ground for the construction of the new sanctuary and adjoining classrooms. Phase II was completed in April, of 1987. Upon moving into the new sanctuary, the temporary sanctuary was converted into a fellowship hall and eventually named, “Arlon Hall” in honor of our founding pastor.
In 2005 we joined once again in ground breaking for the construction of phase III, the new education wing with a Teen Center and permanent home of Castle Corner’s children’s ministry. Phase III was completed in October 2007.
The dream and the vision of Faith Tabernacle Assembly, which started so long ago, will not end here but will continue to focus on this vision until completely fulfilled. We know the future holds many new dreams, visions and challenges. As we address these, we will make every effort to keep in mind the statutes upon which this church was founded. We will continue to occupy and serve accordingly until the return of Jesus Christ.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”