Spiritualist Church of the Comforter

Member of National Spiritualist Association of Churches

About Us

The Church of the Comforter has been in and around the Santa Barbara area since its inception in 1891.  The church received its first charter in Summerland, California, on January 9, 1891 where it was the focal point of a small community developed as a Summer Camp for the newly founded Spiritualist Organization.  The town was divided into small 25 x 50 foot lots for the erection of tents for visitors.  Those who came to build houses usually bought four of the lots that cost $25.00 each.  

Summerland was laughingly referred to as “Spookville” and people usually took the back roads to avoid the odor caused by the oil wells. Regardless of how they joked about the town and its occupants the money just kept flowing in.  Even with tents as the facility for a meetinghouse there were 200-300 people attending meetings.  

As Spiritualism grew and developed, so did Summerland, with oil and natural gas as resources. Time moved on and many Spiritualists left the area, but the Summerland Spiritualist Church of the Comforter carried on.  

In 1951 a freeway was constructed through Summerland and the Church of the Comforter had to find a new home, here at 1028 Garden Street.  We are still here and still carrying on.  We are proud that our church is still active and growing after 120 years of being in existence. We are looking forward to the next 100 years