"Love God,love people, serve the world." This is the mandate of Downey First Christian Church (as stated on their business card).
"...William Justice, a farmer-preacher from Texas moved to Downey in the fall of 1868... on Sunday, January 3, 1869, Justice invited the community to hear this evangelist (B. F. Standefer), marking the first service of the Christian Church in Downey....M. D. Crawford, the secretary and attorney of the Downey Land and Improvement Association, also an elder of the church, arranged with the trustees of the church for the purchase of property near the center of town....for the honorary sum of one dollar. (As of 1969 it was) the oldest structure continuously used as a church building in the city of Downey.
Thank you: To Associate Administrator Sarah Shead for a copy of the
Reference pamphlet listed below and congregation member George
Boose for additional details about the 1980 demolition and
Photos: Taken in June 2013 by SW.
Reference: "A Brief History of the First Christian Church at Downey
Link 1: http://www.downeyfirst.org/
Link 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/