Our Story

How it all started...

1935 - The Start
Newport-Mesa Christian Center had its beginnings in Newport Beach as The Full Gospel Church. Services were held in the Allison Building on 22nd Street, and Reverend A. B. Singer was the first pastor.
1937 - Relocation
The building was sold and the members voted to relocate in Costa Mesa to 1806 Newport Boulevard. Three years later, under new pastors, Reverend and Mrs. M. C. Cronic, the congregation moved to a store building at 22nd Street and Newport Boulevard. In the fall of 1941 , construction of a 30' x 60' sanctuary and five classrooms was begun just a block away at the corner of 22nd Street and Elden.
1965 - Groundbreaking
The ground was broken at that location for a 400-seat auditorium. It was about this time that another church, Glad Tidings Assembly of God, was growing in Newport Beach.
1988 - Leadership Transition
Dr. George Wood accepted a leadership position within the Assemblies of God and later became the General Secretary in Springfield, Missouri. He is now serving as the General Superintendent. Dr. Jim Bradford served as the Lead Pastor for twelve years (1988-2000.) Dr. Jim Bradford is currently serving as the General Secretary of the Assemblies of God, Dr. Don Baldwin (deceased) served as the Interim Pastor for two years (2000-2002.) Scott Rachels served as Lead Pastor for twelve years (2002-2014) Dr. Bill Dogterom served as the Interim Pastor for one year (October 2014-August 2015.)
2015 - Present
Jordan Hansen now serves as our Lead Pastor. He has led the church to honor the past, but to believe for even greater days AHEAD!  Our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus.  Jesus came to, “to seek and to save those who are lost (Lk. 19:10).”  Only Jesus can change the life of someone who calls out to him!
 
Our vision is to continue to partner with Jesus to lead people to know God, find freedom, discover purpose, and to make a difference in the lives of people (Is. 42:1-12).  We also have a special emphasis on raising the next generation to know Christ.  We can’t leave our kids and youth behind!

Where we are headed...

We believe that God desires our church to continue to invite people to come to the table!  We have always been a community of big faith, believing for God-sized possibilities in peoples’ lives as we all say, “YES!” to Jesus!  We are currently exploring different opportunities to be an even greater catalyst for change in peoples’ lives through the power of God.  We will go wherever and to whoever He leads us.  We believe, “YES, Jesus!” is a way of life!

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 8:45 AM and 10:30 AM