getting started

Knowing Jesus and making Him known is what Praise Chapel Orange County is all about.
Authentic, Passionate, and Innovative are words that can begin to describe our community of ordinary people that are working together to change the world. You Belong!

 
 

History

PCOC traces its inception to 1985 when Carl and Bonnie Friedrich along with their 10 year old son Adam, left their home and business in Arizona to pioneer a new church. We opened in a small storefront building in the city of Buena Park with no members other than our immediate family. Our fledgling ministry reached out to the broken and underserved of the community and quickly grew into a viable church that has become a dynamic center of Christian influence in the community. From these humble beginnings, our church has experienced a breath of heaven upon its efforts, and one visit is all it will take for you to see for yourselves what is possible when God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary exploits for His Name.

 

 

Vision

PCOC believes God’s Word, which declares that once a person surrenders their life to Christ a brand new life begins. The founding vision is to win one person for Christ and through personal relationship develop them into followers of Jesus, so that they would reach others for the Kingdom of God. We firmly believe that every believer is important in the God’s plan of redemption.

 

Win One

To lead every ONE into a personal relationship with Jesus.

Build One

To lead each ONE into a fully devoted follower of Jesus.

Release One

To help each ONE get out what God has placed in their heart.

Meet our team

We’ve got some of the friendliest staff on the island. From the moment you step onto our property you will be transported to a paradise of incredible beauty and service.

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President

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Guest Services

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Tours

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Tours

World Missions

Praise Chapel has from its inception made world missions a central focus of our vision. From an initial trip to Hermosillo, Mexico by Pastor Carl in 1985, the PCOC congregation has sent workers to pioneer churches in seven nations, and has mobilized short-term mission teams to carry the gospel to 37. Members of PCOC have the opportunity to travel to nations all throughout the world to share the message of Christ. Mexico remains a central part of our missions effort, having established fellowship of over 40+ churches. Additionally PCOC supports missionaries in Iraq, Ethiopia, Ghana, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Eastern Europe on a monthly basis.

 

Schedule a visit with us

Take a moment to schedule a visit to PCOC. One of our welcome team members will arrange for your arrival by checking your children into their age-appropriate classes, reserving special parking, and be ready with anything specific you may need. Just tell us a little about yourself and we will set it all up!! Can’t wait to meet you in person!

 

getting to know us

What should i expect?

We work diligently to make Praise Chapel a church that people want to come to. Our weekend services are welcoming and encouraging. You will feel relaxed, the atmosphere will be energized, and our plans are always a bit unpredictable. We intentionally work to engage all senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, feel) to stimulate a spiritual hunger within every person that steps through the doors of our building. We contend for the Spirit of God.

We are deeply relational, and we attempt to provide a sense of belonging and connection for every person.
We are on mission to change the world one person at a time.

For more questions and answers, visit our FAQ Page.

Frequently Asked Questions

You don’t know what to expect when you show up and are hoping that it won’t stink, right? We really want your experience here at PCOC to be awesome and we work hard to make that happen. Here are a few frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We work diligently to make Praise Chapel a church that people want to come to. Our weekend services are welcoming and encouraging. You will feel relaxed, the atmosphere will be energized, and our plans are always a bit unpredictable. We intentionally work to engage all senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, feel) to stimulate a spiritual hunger within every person that steps through the doors of our building. We contend for the Spirit of God. We are deeply relational, and we attempt to provide a sense of belonging and connection for every person. We are on mission to change the world one person at a time.

Our Mission

What are we about?

Our Mission at PCOC is to change the world ONE person at a time.

Win One

To lead every ONE into a personal relationship with Jesus.

Build One

To lead each ONE into a fully devoted follower of Jesus

Release One

To help each ONE get out what God has placed in their heart.

The Leadership

Meet the Pastors

Carl Friedrich

Pastor Carl is the senior pastor and founder of Praise Chapel Orange County. He has been serving our congregation for over 32 years, and is the lead visionary of our movement. Carl authored the book, ‘One, The Power to Change Your World’, which details the heartbeat and vision of Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship of Orange County.

Adam Friedrich

Pastor Adam has been a dynamic part of the PCOC staff for 22 years before stepping into the lead pastor role. His compassion for people coupled with a unique ability to expound the Word of God in a relevant and compelling manner has made him a favorite speaker to many.

Stephen Perez

Pastor Stephen serves with distinction at the Fullerton campus. His quick wit, passionate heart, and love for people make him stand out in any room. His love for God is contagious.

Danny Arellano

Pastor Danny Arellano leads the Spanish Service. Danny is known as a true servant with uncompromising character. His heart to help people grasp spiritual truth along with His easy-going personality and unique sense of humor sets him apart from the crowd.

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Schedule your visit with us!

Take a moment to schedule a visit to PCOC. One of our welcome team members will arrange for your arrival by checking your children into their age-appropriate classes, reserving special parking, and be ready with anything specific you may need. Just tell us a little about yourself and we will set it all up!! Can’t wait to meet you in person!