Radiant is a church that exists in two communities (Tulare and Visalia) committed to becoming the kind of people described in the New Testament that puts the brilliance Jesus Christ on display in our neighborhoods. We are a people of genuine relationships, joyful worship, and engaging Bible teaching; a people who are responsive to the Holy Spirit, obedient to God’s Word and equipped for the mission Jesus has given us.
These men and women focus their time and energy on keeping Radiant Church moving forward so that every person at Radiant can grow in their gifts and use them in the work of ministry, both inside and outside the church. The staff work to carry out the vision set by the team of elders and work directly with volunteers in all areas of church life.
We celebrate what God has done among us, as we look back at what started as a handful of friends meeting in a living room, and has now grown to over 800 people! It is beautiful and miraculous to see God continue to stir people with vision and faith, and to see Him extend us to plant new works around our valley, our state, and our world!
After serving as youth pastors at Savior’s Community Church in Visalia, and also responding to opportunities to serve in a variety of different churches, Travis & Tiffany Aicklen embarked on the adventure of launching Radiant Church with a group of friends.
Radiant Church begins to lease its first “official building” in North Visalia, at 110 N.E. 1st Street.
The church officially installs and ordains its first pastors/elders. Travis Aicklen, Mike Young and Eric Riley were set in as elders and served communion that Sunday to the nearly 150 people who called Radiant their home church at that time.
Radiant purchases its first building, located at 316 N.W. 3rd Street. This enabled us to put our creative touch on display within our location, and also to lean into a greater responsibility for our city. During this season the church goes to two services due to considerable growth in a fairly small building.
After a long and involved conversation, Radiant joins Confluence, which is part of the Newfrontiers family of churches internationally. We are excited to join in partnership with other churches with similar spiritual DNA and values.
Through God’s clear direction, Savior’s Community Church, which was started by Mark & Kathleen Condie in 1980, and was the home church for Travis & Tiffany Aicklen, joins Radiant Church. Since Travis & Tiffany grew up in Savior’s Community and left to start a Radiant 8 years earlier, this reuniting for God’s mission seemed nothing short of miraculous.
After renovations and remodel, we move into our current building, the Visalia Planing Mill, the downtown location secured by Savior’s Community in 2002.
Radiant blesses and sends a small group to Sacramento to share the gospel and explore the planting of a new church.
As we have grown beyond a “family-size” church, we sense God’s direction to implement church membership.
Radiant Tulare is launched.