A Small Chapel with a Big History
History as a Place of Prayer
Since 1939, the Little Brown Church (LBC) has been a rustic refuge for those seeking a moment
of peace in the midst of the city. The Reverend John Wells founded the church where people from all walks of life could
findspiritual comfort. With great foresight, Rev. Wells built a chapel with doors that never closed.
LBC's chapel is always open for people who need to pray and meditate. Many write out their prayers and leave them in
the prayer box at the front of the chapel. It is impossible to know how many thousands of people have opened their hearts
and bared their souls to the Divine over the years at LBC. What we do know is that many more will continue to seek wisdom,
insight and comfort for years to come as LBC's history continues to unfold.
History as a Place of Worship
For decades, people came together for worship at LBC. Until 1989, a dynamic congregation filled the chapel to overflowing.
Because of the need for space to grow, LBC merged with Central Christian Church in Van Nuys. Together, the two congregations
became CHURCH OF THE VALLEY (COV) and regular worship services shifted to the larger Van Nuys facility.
people once again worship at LBC on Sundays at 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The early morning service at LBC provides a more
intimate worship experience in the small chapel, while the 10:30 AM service at COV blends creative worship styles in a larger
space. Both services are placeswhere God is honored and praised. Drop by on Sunday and you, too, can become part of this great
History as a Place for Weddings
and Other Special Occassions
Nearly 23,000 couples have been married at LBC since the doors opened in
1939. Perhaps the most famous couple to be joined in the chapel were President Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 1952. Today,
people continue to add their names to the list of people who have pledged their faith and love to one another as part of LBC's
In addition to weddings, LBC is a church where families celebrate Baby Dedications and
say good-bye to loved ones with Memorial Services. We are also proud to perform same-sex unions and commitments.
Regardless of the event, however, LBC continues
to make the meaningful moments of life a part of its ongoing history.