Meet Pastor David Bliss
We are so glad you have taken a moment to check us out. The Place of Refuge (formerly named First Assembly) has been a major part of the spiritual landscape of this community for more than 60 years. The Place of Refuge is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, one of the largest denominations in the world seeking to flow in the full expression of the Holy Spirit.
We maintain a full-service Prayer Center, staffed to receive needs phoned in from around the world and here at home. We have 12 prayer stations at which one can sit and literally pray the heart of God around the world. The Prayer Center is the heartbeat of our church.
Beginning in the fall after our summer break, every Wednesday night you will find the church alive with a thriving AWANA program for children, Horizon Young Adults,Men’s & Women’s Bible studies, Spanish studies and a staffed nursery. All the activities are designed to meet the needs of every member of the family. The Pulse Youth Ministry meets Thursday nights at 6:30pm.
Preaching the Gospel to the ends of the earth is not just a slogan. In fact we give tens of thousands of dollars every year that represent nearly every corner of the earth, including our city.
Some of the community activities the church is known for include the Annual Christmas Eve Breakfast and Gifts for Children, The Civic Appreciation Luncheon at City Hall, Remembering 9-11, and the annual Not Forgotten Memorial Day Weekend Events held at Woodward Park making sure all our troops are honored and always remembering the fallen. The Traveling Tribute (which holds the names of all who have fallen since 9-11) was also designed and built from the vision of this house.
The church also owns and operates Manteca Christian Pre-School. They have been serving this community for over twenty-five years.
Please feel free to call our office for additional information or questions regarding our church. We would consider it an honor to have you visit and look forward to meeting you in the near future.