Jubilee’s History

Jubilee’s History

Jubilee Church started as a call of God in the heart of Steve Grandy while he was living in Red Bluff, California, about fifty miles from Paradise. Steve served four years in the Navy in Viet Nam. Upon returning home, he worked his way up from a boxboy to a Safeway store manager by the age of twenty seven. He also acquired a college degree in business.

After an amazing conversion experience in 1976, Steve eventually stepped down from the store manager position to go into business for himself. He started two successful businesses, one in the rapidly-expanding electronic video game market of the late seventies and eighties (think PacMan) and the other in silver and gold reclaiming. During this time Steve and his family began attending Cornerstone Church of God in Red Bluff.

Then God called him to the pastorate. As his training and internship with the Church of God drew to a close, Steve and his wife Sandy were praying regarding their next step. They felt they were to pioneer a church, rather than take an existing one. In 1987 they moved their family to Paradise, rented a small hall on Sundays, and planted Jubilee, living for the first couple of years on the sale of Steve’s businesses.

The building Jubilee now occupies was vacant, and the church which owned it made Pastor Steve a generous deal to be able to rent it, which he did in 1988. The change in location and a couple years of hard work making contacts in the community paid off, and the church grew rapidly in the new location.

The nineties were a decade of rapid growth for the congregation. The sanctuary was remodeled and updated to accommodate the increases. By 1999 the pastors and men of the church had also remodeled the children’s facility and built an administration building adjacent to the sanctuary to house the staff needed to run the church.

The success of these projects encouraged the team to consider expanding the existing sanctuary, but the tri-level layout required addressing expensive handicapped access requirements. After consultation and prayer, the church leadership felt it would be more cost effective and attractive to build a new facility.

Pastor Steve has been elected several times by his peers to serve on the State Council of the California-Nevada Church of God. He has also served as a District Overseer and a Regional Elder.

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