Historical Timeline

Our History

Celebrating 60 Years of Service
"Lord, all that we have accomplished You have done for us.” Isaiah 26:12b (NIV)

Christian Community Credit Union was established in 1957 as American Baptist Ministers Credit Union in Southern California. Since then, membership has grown nationwide and internationally to serve churches, ministries, and their members, as well as Christian schools, colleges, seminaries, retirement homes, and other ministries.

Today, Christian Community Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions serving the Christian community. From church loans to savings accounts, the Credit Union puts your money to work by providing affordable financing to churches, ministries, and their members.

Old picture of founders

Established in 1957, the credit union was originally founded to serve American Baptist ministers and was known as American Baptist Ministers Credit Union.

Celebrate the major milestones as we look back at our history.

  • 1957-1977
    • 1962  Archie Dingwall and Credit Union Staff

      Archie Dingwall became manager for a staff of two. Rates on share accounts were 4.9%.

    • 1970 ABCU Logo 1970

      Members unanimously voted to make "American Baptist Credit Union” (ABCU) the new official name. 

    • 1972 John Walling

      Assets surpassed $7 million in January. John T. Walling joined the ABCU staff as assistant manager and loan officer in June. In October, groundbreaking for the new ABCU headquarters took place in Covina, CA.

    • 1973 Covina Construction

      Construction began in September to add an additional 12,000 square feet to the ABCU Headquarters in Covina. "Striving to Honor Our Lord Through Unique Service to Our American Baptist Constituency" became the new motto. The Credit Union reached $10 million in assets.

  • 1978-1986
    • 1978 David Estridge

      The Board promoted John T. Walling to general manager. David Estridge joined the Credit Union as a specialist in commercial lending. Assets exceeded $29 million and more than 100 American Baptist churches and organizations had accounts with the Credit Union.

    • 1980 Credit Cards

      The Credit Union introduced its credit card program.

    • 1981 Staff with computers

      The Credit Union celebrated its 25th anniversary and installed a new computer system.

    • 1985 ABCU logo 1985

      Ohio Baptist Ministers' Credit Union merged with ABCU and opened a branch in Massillon, Ohio.

  • 1987-1997
    • 1988 1988 staff

      The field of membership grew to serve members in 44 states.

    • 1993 credit cards

      "The Cards that Give to Missions” credit card program was introduced. Through this program, a portion of the interchange income from ABCU credit cards was given to missions.

    • 1997 1997 logo

      ABCU had a face lift. In celebration of the 40th anniversary, the credit union adopted a new logo that symbolized stability, strength, and growth. ABCU donated a record $100,000 to missions. 

  • 1998-2007
    • 2001 2001 logo

      ABCU became Christian Community Credit Union to reflect the expanding field of membership and the credit union's vision to serve the larger Christian community. CURewards replaced the "CU in the Air Miles" credit card rewards program. 

    • 2005 San Dimas construction

      In November, the Credit Union broke ground for the new corporate office and branch in San Dimas. Assets grew to more than $428 million.

    • 2006 San Dimas dedication

      San Dimas branch

      In October, the Credit Union's new corporate headquarters in San Dimas was dedicated.

    • 2007 50th logo

      Christian Community Credit Union celebrated 50 years of service. At this time, the Credit Union had 144 employees, as well as over $440 million in assets, and served over 28,700 members nationwide and in over 100 countries.

  • 2008-2017
    • 2008 MAF card 2008

      Assets reached $473 million. In partnership with Mission Aviation Fellowship, the Credit Union offered its first affinity card—the MAF Platinum Rewards Visa.

      The Kingdom Builder Certificate was introduced. Earning 5% APY, it helped provide affordable financing to churches and ministries.

      The Credit Union's new tagline, "Your Money at Work Building God’s Kingdom,” expressed what the Credit Union did with members' deposits.

    • 2010 IM card 2010

      We're on Facebook! In October, the Credit Union introduced the International Ministries Platinum Rewards Visa – "The Card that Gives to Global Mission.”

    • 2012 Mobile Banking flyer

      The Credit Union launched Mobile Banking. The Credit Union met its missions donation goal of $240,000 through the "Cards that Give to Missions Program."

    • 2014 Barry Corey & Rick Bee

      The Credit Union celebrated 20 years of giving through the "Cards that Give to Missions” program and reached $4 million in total donations. The "Scholarships for Success” program awarded $63,000 in scholarships and became a multi-year award program. In October, the Biola Visa Card was launched to help fund Biola University scholarships. Credit cards were upgraded to chip cards for added security. 

    • 2015 Nepal earthquake

      The HEART of our Service Promises was developed. In response to the Nepal Earthquake, the Credit Union gave $10,000 to Asian Access, $15,000 to International Ministries, and $25,000 to Mission Aviation Fellowship. 64 students received $63,500 in scholarships. Apple Pay was launched for credit and debit cards. The Credit Union had a record number of 3,266 new members and 80 new ministry members. Membership size grew to almost 31,000.

    • 2016 Website 2016

      The Credit Union offered a $10,000 Matching Fund with the Bible League to send Bibles to China. In March, AutoSMART, a new online car-buying service, was launched. Members can apply for an auto loan at the dealership through Credit Union Direct Lending (CUDL). In May, the Credit Union’s website got a facelift with a responsive redesign, a fresh look, and improved navigation.

    • 2017 60th logo

      The Credit Union celebrates 60 years of helping members become better stewards and achieve their financial goals.

      CEO/President, John Walling, retires after 45 years of dedicated & visionary leadership.

      Fun and Heartfelt Tribute to John Walling from Staff

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