Copper Canyon Baptist Church (CCBC) was a church plant of First Baptist Church of Angels Camp. They began by starting an AWANA group, which brought 35 boys and girls from Copperopolis. The members and Pastor of First Baptist of Angels Camp saw a real need for a Baptist Church in a growing area.
In 2006, Pastor Dave Kinney started a Bible study and prayer meeting in a home. In a few weeks, the Pastor and those attending found the home meeting place was getting too small. They approached the elementary school in Copperopolis to hold services on their campus. On Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006, they held their first Sunday service in the elementary school. On that first Easter, there were 30 people, with 15 being children. During the first year, Pastor Kinney was pastor to both churches.
The name “Copper Canyon Baptist Church” was suggested by Don Hopper, a member of First Baptist of Angels Camp and also previous member at Copper Canyon. The name is descriptive of the location and also has a historical connection to the area. In the early 1800’s, the area was known as Copper Canyon.
November 2006, Pastor Sean Paulson became the Senior Pastor and faithfully served for 15 years until he was called to another church. At which time, Dr. Mittmann stood in as the Interim Pastor and did so for 18 months. In June 2022, Pastor Ken Sartain took over as the full time Senior Pastor. His love for Jesus Christ and the church are well evident.
Over the years, CCBC has grown to where it is today. The ministries of the church are well known to the entire community. CCBC provides support for the community food pantry, clothes closet, youth group, Operation Christmas Child, Christmas Eve service, sunrise service on Easter, Harvest festival. As the church grows, the outreach ministries grow also.
In 2020, seven acres of land was purchased to put a church building. The vision, dedication and direction God provides is evident as they move toward their own building, where worshipping is appreciated and fellowship is cherished.