Fountain of Life Covenant Church is an intentional multi-ethnic and multi-class church plant in Long Beach, CA—in the city and for the city.
Fountain of Life Covenant Church officially began in January 2007. The ministry began when Jesus of Nazareth called John Teter to begin a campus ministry at Cal State Dominguez Hills. CSUDH, established as a response to the Watts Riots, provides a campus for the African-American students in South Los Angeles. Spiritually, the campus was woefully underserved. Only one Christian organization existed for 4,000 urban students, that group was a cult highlighted on 60 Minutes.
During four years of Christian ministry on the campus, the Lord did many wonderful deeds. A strong fellowship was formed, leaders were developed and many people came to faith. Through many signs and wonders, the Lord affirmed this new work and connected the campus ministry team with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Fountain of Life was born as a church plant.
At year three of our existence we are so glad for God’s work among us. As we seek the good of the city, we provide the following:
Our local neighborhood in West Long Beach is plagued by gang violence, high school dropouts, and dysfunctional family issues such as domestic abuse. In response to these needs we have created the Family Center. Our mission at the Family Center is three-fold:
1. Relationship and Mentoring
2. Inspire and Equip through Education
3. Celebrate the Arts and Sports
We offer intensive tutoring as one avenue to combat the problems in our city. Studies show that if a student falls behind one grade level in math or English by the fifth grade, they are 65% more likely to drop out of high school. The Family Center is there meet troubled youth at a crossroads and serve as a light of direction in the midst of storm.
FOL believes in Jesus’ own model of becoming flesh and dwelling among us. As the gospel moves into a neighborhood, then people will see God’s goodness. Through programs like the Family Center, our church is building relationships to reach the next generation to develop workers into the Kingdom harvest (Luke 10.2).