Calvary Chapel Redlands’ first worship service and Sunday School began in the summer of 1979 and was held at the University of Redlands. A Sunkist packing house and two acres of land were purchased and remodeled during the years 1980-82. In 1984-85, the Calvary Chapel Christian School ministry was started, beginning with Kindergarten through 6th grade. Each year a grade was added to accommodate the progression of students. In 1991, the first Senior class graduated from the high school, marking the completion of the K-12 school.
In 1990, construction was completed on the church’s two-story west wing with rooms to accommodate the high school science classes, church nursery, junior high classes, daycare, and the church administrative offices.
By 2000, additional land purchases had been made, bringing the total to 22 ½ acres. Baseball, softball, and athletic fields had been constructed on the western 10-acre parcel.
A master plan for the 22 acres was created and the new sanctuary/bookstore/Sunday school opened during the 2004-2005 school year. A second kindergarten class was added in 2005. Additional classrooms were made possible by renovation of the “over flow room” and the previous bookstore, making space for three new high school classrooms. In 2006, our school name was changed to Packinghouse Christian Academy, we added a second 1st grade classroom, and a serving kitchen for our lunch programs. In 2007-2008, we added another 2nd grade classroom, built two more elementary classrooms in the sanctuary, added a technology center, and purchased an additional 5 acres of land adjacent to the church property, bringing the total to 27 ½ acres. In 2009-2010, we used this additional land for our elementary soccer program.