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About Our Church

Arthur Escobedo is the founder and senior pastor of Praise Center Church, a non-denominational, multicultural body of believers who are experiencing hope, healing, and the fullness of Christ through the genuine love of Jesus.

After traveling with his family’s singing group for 10 years, Pastor Arthur established the church and began holding Spanish services in his parents’ home in Visalia in 1983. Over the next eight years, various facilities were rented throughout the city to accommodate our growing church. English services were added in 1990, and in 1991, we purchased our current church building.

Having been raised in the Assemblies of God, Pastor Arthur knew the mighty power of God to save and heal. At the age of 16, he experienced the personal healing of a traumatic illness which had left him with only five minutes to live. Today, his compassion for those afflicted with illness is quite evident through the gift of healing the Lord has given him.

Our desire as a church is to see people saved, healed, and walking in freedom in every area of their lives. Through worldwide travel as well as television, radio, and various media platforms, the gospel is being preached worldwide from Praise Center Church.

Pastor Arthur and his wife, Peggy, have been married since 1978, the year she began her career as a registered nurse. Peggy feels strongly that the Lord has called her into this field to also minister God’s love and healing to the sick. Together they have three adult children.