We are part of a larger family called the California Northwest Jurisdiction. Bishop W.W. Hamilton is our Jurisdictional Prelate and Mother Mary Madeline Welch is Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women . The Supt. W. L. Bains (deceased) and Missionary Mary C. Bains founded St. Samuel Church in 1966. The present building was completed in 1972. Our belief is that the people are the church, and our people are happy and giving folks who come from all over the world.

Elder Paul J. Bains has been our senior pastor since 1998. He was ordained an elder in Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ in 1993. He is married to Evangelist Cheryl Bains who co-ministers with Pastor Paul and they have three young and very special daughters.

THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST is a Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in which the word of God is preached, ordinances are administered and the doctrine of sanctification or holiness is emphasized, as being essential to the salvation of mankind.
Our Church is commonly known as being Holiness or Pentecostal in nature because of the importance ascribed to the events which occurred on the Day of Pentecost, the 50th day after the Passover, or Easter as being necessary for all believers in Christ Jesus to experience.

Our Church is also considered to be a member of the great Protestant body though it did not directly evolve from the European or English Reformation but had its origin within the General Association to the Baptist Church.

Elder Charles Harrison Mason, who later became the founder and organizer of the Church of God in Christ, was born September 8,1866, on the Prior Farm near Memphis, Tennessee.


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Phone: 650-325-8000
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1199 E. Bayshore Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303