The Foundry Community Church
- Contact: 120 N Ash St., Escondido 442-777-2081 www.thefoundryescondido.com
- Membership: 60
- Neighborhood: Escondido
- Pastors: Alexandra and Emmanuel Moon
- Age: 33/37
- Born: Puerto Rico/Santa Cruz, Bolivia
- Formation: Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena; Universidad Evangelica Boliviana, Santa Cruz
- Years Ordained: 5
San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach?
Pastor Emmanuel Moon: Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. This is most central to the good news of Jesus Christ. When it comes to why I belong where I belong, it’s because of who Jesus claims to be. He claims to be the truth, and there are no other truths over this truth. He’s basically saying, I’m not lying. I am the way to the Father, and I am the life, the one who can give us not just life here on earth but also eternal life in heaven.
SDR: Why did you become a minister?
PM: Around age 14, I felt led to give my life in service to God when I heard a missionary gave a testimony about what he was doing and the amount of work that was left to be done. That was the starting point of realizing I wanted to serve God in my life, although I didn’t know exactly what that looked like. It eventually led to doing pastoral ministry. Toward the end of my undergraduate studies in theology, I realized I was supposed to be a minister.
SDR: What is the mission of your church?
PM: A foundry is a place where metal work is done, where you melt metal. Free Methodists come from the line of theology according to John Wesley, founder of Methodism. The place where Wesley started his first church was in an abandoned foundry. Our mission is to reflect Jesus in our community, embrace all people and make disciples. We have a food pantry where we give out free food to the community during the week. We also have a recovery ministry where it is not so much what we’re recovering from but recovering to – that is, to the image of God. Rather than saying that I’m trying to get rid of something – we’re all trying to do that – we’re trying to be more like God. We also have a free healthcare clinic, which is very basic. We partner with the Southern California Care Community, a non-profit that provides free healthcare services for uninsured people or people with high copays and that kind of thing. They come to our location and they serve our people. This church has been for the longest time the First Free Methodist Church of Escondido. As a Free Methodist Church, we’ve been here for over a hundred years. We came in 2015 to this church and around 2013 it became The Foundry Community Church.
SDR: Where do you go when you die?
PM: When I die, I go into the presence of God and that presence is called heaven. Scripture tells us there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and we’ll find out what that looks like when we get there. The Bible also states very clearly that hell is a place where we are outside of God’s presence, and there really isn’t life there. The most important question is “What do we need to do in order to be in heaven rather than to avoid hell?” How can we be in the presence of God for the rest of our lives? That’s why we must confess Jesus as our lord and savior, and live out that faith.