Revs. Reuben and Clarita Barruel were both ordained in the Philippines as Ministers of the Gospel. They were pastoring in Pasig Bethel Temple for 12 years when God placed in their hearts to move to America. With faith in God and obedience to His Word, the couple, with their two children: Stephen Hope, 12 and Eunice Love, 8 years old migrated to the U.S.A.
They arrived in San Francisco International Airport on March 7, 1977. In the fall of the same year, they started a prayer meeting in their home and shared their burden to a handful of new friends how God had called and sent them to this area to build “bridges of Love” among God’s people and to establish a place of training and releasing. Many caught the vision and the group grew. In order to accommodate the growth, they looked for a place to rent and found the Fil-American Association Building on 1210 Solari Street.
From January 1978 to August 1983, CRM rented the facilities on Tuesdays as a place of gathering, ministry, teaching and encountering the power of God. With the direction of God and requests of the people, Sunday worship service began. People from every walk of life and from different cultural and religious background became part of the family of CRM. The Lord blessed the gatherings and manifested His presence with “signs and wonders.” The spirit of unity and love were so prevalent that miracles of salvation and healings were common. On May 29, 1979 the fellowship was incorporated and officially named Christian Renewal Ministries.
On the first Sunday of October in 1983, the building at 1210 Solari Street was officially purchased from the Fil American Association. Countless in the city and region found hope, forgiveness and deliverance within these walls. Christian Renewal Center also became gathering place for the hungry (spiritually and physically) to be fed, and those in need of comfort to find strength. Throughout the years, numerous ministries have partnered to use CRC such as Pray the Bay, National Day of Prayer and Ministerial Fellowships for gatherings. In addition, ministries such as Share and Care, March for Jesus, and Bay Area Youth Leaders as well as city wide feeding programs, East Bay Christmas Basket Program and after school programs were established to help hundreds of families that were less fortunate.
Today, Christian Renewal Ministries and Center continues to be a place of healing, equipping and service for the whole man: spirit, soul and body. Christian Renewal Center continues to be a place of encountering God, training and releasing for men, women, youth and children to their God given identities as sons and daughters.