Our Story

How it all started...

In the summer of 2017, in the backyard of a founding family, in 100 degree heat, 150 people gathered as Pastor John casted the vision for a church that would focus on loving God and loving people. Prodigal Church officially launched on September 24th, 2017 at the Bullard High School Theater in Fresno, CA. It began as a church plant in partnership with the Pacific District Conference of the U.S. Mennonite Brethren denomination. 

Growing in grace...

Over the next few years Prodigal has grown in attendance, in staff, and most importantly in love of God and of neighbor. We have had a front row seat in seeing countless changed lives in our community and in our world. The first years were highlighted by showing the love of Jesus in practical ways: partnering with a local ministry that frees women from human trafficking, blessing low-income households with Christmas presents for their kids, and helping build a Christian school in a small village in Malawi, Africa so kids don't have to walk 26km a day to attend school. 

Where we are headed...

We have a big vision here at Prodigal. We want to continue to grow larger as a church- just not at the expense of who we're called to be. We're called to be a church that focuses in on loving God and loving people. A church that is Jesus-centered and Kingdom-minded. A church that is diverse and non-judgmental. A church that is real and honest. A church that cares for the hurting in our world. A church that calls people out of rebellious living and out of religious living. A church that invites everyone to the party (Luke 10).