Pastor Dwight Tomlinson was called to the church in August of 1990. The indebtedness, at that time, was a little over $530,000.00. Pastor Tomlinson led the church into a program designed to eliminate the indebtedness on the property. God provided in miraculous ways, and on December 31, 1997, the mortgage was burned. The church was now debt free! Liberty greeted a new year for the first time in 22 years without the crippling effects of debt.
Two miles away in the city of Newport Beach was a complete church facility. The campus was appraised at several million dollars more than Liberty’s property in Irvine. The Lord miraculously opened the door for Liberty to trade properties with the other church on an “even-swap” basis.
On March 1, 1998, Liberty Baptist Church and Newport Christian School moved into one of the most beautiful and functional church campuses in America.
Pastor Tomlinson and the people of Liberty Baptist Church are rejoicing in the goodness of God in this miraculous provision. We believe that God honored their commitment to “owe no man anything, but to love one another…” Romans 13:8, by providing a place where it is possible for thousands of people to come together on a weekly basis for the worship and praise of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Since we moved into the Newport Beach campus we have also seen the addition of several new ministries. We have added Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Deaf ministries to the many ministries we brought over from Irvine. The Missions Family has continued to increase until now we are involved in spreading God’s kingdom to the four corners of the globe!
As we consider the history of Liberty Baptist Church we can only say with the Psalmist when he penned these words, “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” —Psalm 118:23