Our History

This page includes our mission, our history and some insight into our future here at the Manor. The links below will guide you to any section of interest

Initial Vision | Planning | Construction | Addition | People | Facilities | The Future

Initial Vision

Every successful project is an idea put into action. Thus it was that Rev. Alvin Burkholder, then Bishop of the Pacific Conference, visualized a retirement complex for senior citizens on the West Coast. It was presented and approved by the Upland congregation, later by the Regional Conference, and a committee of nine was appointed. Members were: Reuben Asper, Dwight Bert, Miriam Bowers, H. H. Brubaker, Clarence Byer, Glen Byer, Leslie Guengerich, Doris Hensley, Cecil Meares, and Bishop Burkholder as an ex-officio member.


Questionnaires/Surveys were distributed to determine interest, levels of service, and possible areas of location. There was not sufficient interest shown in senior citizen housing to warrant further activity by the committee. Five years later, the issue was raised again and the committee was reactivated.

A special session of the Pacific Conference on August 4, 1971, approved the purchase of the Arrow Highway property. Also approved in principle were the basic plans for a building and cost thereof. A senior citizen housing board was approved consisting of: Dwight Bert, Curtis Byer, Doris Hensley, Martin Longanecker, Harold Musser, Ray Musser, Aaron Stern, and Bishop Arther Climenhaga.


Encouraged by the response and support of the church, plans were soon under way. Few financial institutions showed any interest in funding the project except Pomona First Federal and a loan was procurred from them. The design of the building reflected the architecture of the decade, and was so built as to be salable as an apartment complex in the event the conference later moved the facility elsewhere. On July 16, 1972, the service of dedication was held by the Manor and Bishop Burkholder's dream became a reality.


By 1975, additional apartments were needed and an adjoining lot was purchased allowing the construction of twelve larger units. Groundbreaking was held in May in 1976.


In addition to the many volunteers, board members, committees, and others who so willingly offered their expertise, were the managers who for a number of years served in a voluntary service capacity. These were: Mr. & Mrs. Allen Heise from Canada, followed by Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow Wiles, Rev. & Mrs. Paul Hill, and Rev. & Mrs. Arthur Climenhaga.

During the past twenty five years many volunteers from various Brethren in Christ churches have also given of their time and energy to assist in activities and services at the Manor, including assistant managers, food service directors, assistants in care homes, and young people through the voluntary service program of the church.

Other managers have included: Mr. & Mrs. Del Oswald, Rev. & Mrs. Ralph Wenger, Mr. & Mrs. Neal Longenecker, Mr. & Mrs. Leon Engle, and Executive Director, Nicholas Hankins.


The residents at Upland Manor enjoy living in its comfortable, friendly surroundings, which include two modern laundry rooms, two elevators, free circulating hot water, van transportation, ten free dining room meals, monthly additional meals at a reasonable cost, in-house library, copier availability, a furnished guest room and bath at a nominal rate, fee for service housekeeping, special events and programs.

The Future

It has become evident that we now need a facility offering additional levels of care for our senior citizens. Although at one time assisted living was offered in several adjoining houses, this service was discontinued when voluntary service workers were no longer available and the space capacity was too limited to economically warrant professional help.

The present Board of Trustees is exploring possibilites for development of future senior care services.