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Stories by Joseph O'Brien

Crosspointe Life Church: empowering people, fulfilling destiny, and leaving a legacy

Crosspointe Life Church Contact: 8809 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa 619.464.3077 www.crosspointelife.org Membership: 160 Pastor: Craig Osborne (Co-pastor with wife, Renee Osborne) Age: 45 Born: Alberta, Canada Formation: Northwest Bible College (now Vanguard College), Alberta ...

May 6, 2022
Kehillat Shaar HaShamayim: “the community of the gates of heaven”

Kehillat Shaar HaShamayim Contact: 3232 Governor Dr., Suite K, San Diego 858-752-1025 www.kshsd.org Membership: 50 Rabbi: Yonatan Halevy Age: 32 Born: San Diego Formation: Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore, MD; Shehebar Sephardic Center, Jerusalem, Israel. ...

April 15, 2022
The Rosicrucian Fellowship: to know your spiritual astrology

The Rosicrucian Fellowship Contact: 2222 Mission Ave., Oceanside 760-757-6600 www.rosicrucian.com Membership: “Worldwide” President: Jean de Galzain Age: 73 Born: Perigueux, France Formation: Lycee Bertran de Born, Perigueux Years Ordained: 44 San Diego Reader: What is ...

April 1, 2022
Linda Vista Second Baptist Church: reaching the lost

Linda Vista Second Baptist Church Contact: 2706 Korink Ave, San Diego 858-277-4008 www.lvsbc.com Membership: 97 (pre-covid: 200-300) Pastor: Norris Jarmon Age: 64 Born: Pine Bluff, AK Formation: Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, GA Years Ordained: 12 ...

March 18, 2022
March: “Kent House”

After a picture by Jamie Wyeth After arriving on Monhegan Island in spring 1906, Rockwell Kent bought a lot on Horn’s Hill overlooking the village and began to build himself a house, which he finished ...

March 4, 2022
Trinity Lutheran Church: why we love

Trinity Lutheran Church Contact: 7210 Lisbon St., San Diego 619-262-1089 www.tlcsd.org Membership: 100 Pastor: Richard Stark Age: 57 Born: National City Formation: San Diego Police Academy; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO Years Ordained: 10 (deacon); ...

Canyon Ridge Baptist: to engage, equip and encourage

Canyon Ridge Baptist Church Contact: 6866 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego 858-627-9394 www.canyonridgebaptist.com Membership: 250 Pastor: Chris Chadwick Age: 49 Born: Tucumcari, NM (raised in San Diego) Formation: Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA; Cedarville College, ...

February 18, 2022
A poem for February by Joseph O’Brien

After a picture by Jamie Wyeth February—(Februarius (mensis), (month) of purification februa>, expiatory offerings, poss. of Sabine orig.) —The American Heritage College Dictionary I In this trim girth of days came Valentine, A lover of ...

February 4, 2022
Barabbas Road Church: the Bible is a counter-culture

Barabbas Road Church Contact: 8253 Ronson Rd., San Diego 760-216-9081 www.barabbas.com Membership: 500 Pastor: Matt Smith Age: 43 Born: San Diego Formation: University of California-Santa Barbara; Southern California Seminary, El Cajon. Years Ordained: 15 San ...

February 4, 2022
Convergence Community Church: community is our middle name

Convergence Community Church Contact: 6445 Lake Badin Ave, San Diego 619-797-5050 www.convergencesd.com Membership: 50-75 Pastor: Eric Beeman Age: 47 Born: Medicine Lodge, KS Formation: San Diego State University; Christian Heritage College (Now San Diego Christian ...

January 21, 2022
Lemon Grove Community Church: millennial ministry

Lemon Grove Community Church Contact: 3122 Main Street, Lemon Grove 619-466-0503 www.lemongrovecommunitychurch.com Membership: 25-30 (pre-covid 70-80) Pastor: Sharon Ackerman (currently on indeterminate leave of absence due to illness in family; Pastor Dane Lindsay of Ezekiel ...

January 7, 2022
A poem for the new year by Reader poetry editor Joseph O’Brien

For Cecilia It’s a party like any other We’ve ever been wallpapered and rugged Into — the food and drink disarrayed, the bother And mess left behind in the hosts’ kitchen For tomorrow and tomorrow ...

December 31, 2021
Elijah Mountain Ministries: using the power of scripture to guide our lives

Elijah Mountain Ministries Contact: 6763 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego 619-884-8063 www.elijahmountainministries.com Attendance: 40 Neighborhood: Lemon Grove Pastors: Dane Lindsay (wife Elizabeth Lindsay, co-pastor) Age: 63 Born: San Diego Years Ordained: 13 San Diego Reader: ...

December 24, 2021
Las Flores honors Jack Munday with Surf Foundation

Las Flores Church Contact: 1400 Las Flores Dr., Carlsbad 760-563-2847 www.lasfloreschurch.com Denomination: Church of the Nazarene Membership: 200 Neighborhood: Carlsbad Pastor: Chris Walton Age: 51 Born: Pittsburg, PA Formation: MidAmerica Nazarene College (now University), Olathe, ...

December 10, 2021
Mira Mesa First Assembly of God Church: a life transformed

Mira Mesa First Assembly of God Church Contact: 9696 Candida St., San Diego 858-566-0641 Membership: 83 Pastor: John DeSoto Neighborhood: Miramar Age: 74 Born: Arlington, CA Formation: Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto; San Diego ...

November 26, 2021
Grace for gangs: Father Gregory Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart: The Boundless Power of Compassion influences First United Methodist Church of San Diego

First United Methodist Church of San Diego Contact: 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 619-297-4366 www.fumcsd.org Membership: 2,000 (pre-covid) Neighborhood: Mission Valley Pastor: Trudy Robinson Age: 58 Born: West Covina Formation: California State-Fullerton; Claremont ...

October 29, 2021
At the border between Hungary and Serbia, in a field with thousands of refugees

Calvary San Diego Contact: 1771 East Palomar St., Chula Vista 619-421-1100 www.calvarysd.com Membership: 500 Pastor: Phil Metzger Age: 47 Born: Newport Beach Formation: Columbia University, NY; Golgota Teológiai Főiskola, Vajta, Hungary; Western Seminary, Portland, OR; ...

October 15, 2021
Crossing Church: guided by pastors and parents

Crossing Church Contact: 1001 Country Club Lane, Escondido 760-752-7895 www.crossingchurch.com Membership: 175 Pastor: Billy Phipps (wife Annie Phipps, Co-Pastor) Age: 53 Born: Anaheim Formation: SoCal Network-Assemblies of God, Irvine; Global University, Springfield, MO Years Ordained: ...

October 1, 2021
Transforming life with The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

El Cajon Boulevard Church of Christ Contact: 2528 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego 619-299-6812 www.ecbchurchofchrist.org Membership: 60 Neighborhood: University Heights Pastor: John Manor Age: 53 Born: Monterey Formation: San Diego State University; Church of Christ ...

September 17, 2021
September 11, 2001

Manhattan On a bad day you can’t see anything Beyond the Hudson and Jersey side of things: The grey arroyos of steel, concrete, and glass Seem brittle as paper houses in Japan. On a good ...

September 10, 2021
Is your God framed by Fyodor Dostoevsky or C.S. Lewis?

Faith Presbyterian Church Contact: 5075 Campanile Drive, San Diego; 619-582-8480 www.faithchurchsandiego.org Membership: 175 Neighborhood: College Area Pastor: Sam Codington Age: 34 Born: Clinton, SC Formation: University of South Carolina; Columbia International University, Columbia, SC; Fuller ...

September 3, 2021
The inspiration of St. John Vianney at Church of the Resurrection Parish

Church of the Resurrection Parish Contact: 1445 Conway Drive, Escondido 760-747-2322 www.resurrectionchurch.org Membership: 3,000+ families Neighborhood: North County Pastor: Father Eduardo Bernardino Age: 60 Born: Bulacan Province, Philippines Formation: Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila; Our ...

August 20, 2021
Trinity Fellowship: making the invisible God visible

Trinity Fellowship Church Contact: 4110 Palm Ave., San Diego 619-690-5286 www.trinityfellowshipcrc.com Membership: 30 Neighborhood: South Bay Pastor: Patrick Guarracino Age: 60 Born: North Bergen, NJ Formation: Rutgers University, Newark; Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Years Ordained: ...

August 6, 2021
Temple Emanu-El: a wonderful encounter with a homeless man

Temple Emanu-El Contact: 6299 Capri Drive, San Diego 619-286-2555 www.teesd.org Membership: 475 Rabbi: Devorah Marcus Age: 44 Born: Los Angeles Formation: Bradley University, Peoria, IL; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles. Years Ordained: ...

July 23, 2021
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran: “Extending God’s welcome to all we meet along the way.”

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Contact: 10842 Fury Lane, La Mesa 619-670-7656 www.svlc.org Membership: 200 Pastor: Marcus Lohrmann Age: 33 Born: Walla Walla, WA Formation: Valparaiso University, IN; University of Chicago Divinity School; Lutheran ...

July 9, 2021
A Tom Clancy calling

Holy Cross Episcopal Church Contact: 204 S Freeman St., Oceanside, CA 760-930-1270 holycrosscarlsbad.org Membership: 60 Neighborhood: Oceanside Pastor: Father Richard Hogue Age: 34 Born: Chicago Formation: Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN; Church Divinity School of the ...

June 25, 2021
Lakeside Community Presbyterian: Christ, connection and community

Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church Contact: 9908 Channel Road, Lakeside 619-443-1021 www.lakesidepc.org Membership: 114 Pastor: Timothy Avazian Age: 62 Born: Kingsburg Formation: Azusa Pacific University; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 27 San Diego Reader: What ...

June 11, 2021
Chula Vista Presbyterian: to know Christ and make him known

Chula Vista Presbyterian Church Contact: 940 Hilltop Dr., Chula Vista 619-426-2211 www.chulavistapres.org Membership: 145 Pastor: Emily McColl Age: 64 Born: Boulder, CO Formation: Stanford University; Princeton Theological Seminary-Princeton University, NJ Years Ordained: 25 San Diego ...

Coffee shop sermon

Crossroads Christian Reformed Church Contact: 2406 North Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, 760-744-4673, crossroadscrc.com Membership: 140 Pastor: Jeff Kempton Age: 44 Born: San Diego Formation: University of California-Santa Barbara; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years ...

Ethnos: the Greek word for “nations”

Ethnos Community Church Contact: 3950 Berino Court, San Diego 858-46-8329 www.ethnos.us Neighborhood: University City Membership: 100 Pastor: Scott Eng Age: 39 Born: Anaheim Formation: University of California-Berkley; Golden Gate Baptist Seminary (now Gateway Seminary), Ontario, ...

April: “Roots”

After Jamie Wyeth Whan that April with his showres soote The droughte of March hath perced to the roote... —Chaucer Down a ravine, the first fool flush of spring Is always brown. The ice-carbuncled ground ...

April 29, 2021
The healthy doubt of Park Hill Church

Park Hill Church Contact: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego www.parkhillsd.church Membership: 500 Neighborhood: Point Loma Pastor: Evan Wickham Age: 39 Born: San Diego Formation: Trinity College of the Bible, IN; Western Seminary, Portland, OR Years ...

April 16, 2021
Community Congregational: Chula Vista's 230-year-old church

Community Congregational Church of Chula Vista Contact: 276 F Street, Chula Vista, 619-422-9263, chulavistachurch.com Neighborhood: Chula Vista Membership: 187 Pastor: Elizabeth Aguilar Age: 53 Born: Chicago Formation: North Park University, Chicago; Andover Newton Theological School, ...

The Center: multilingual and multicultural

The Center Contact: 1305 Deodar Road, Escondido 760-707-6681 www.centernc.com Membership: 70 Neighborhood: Escondido Pastor: Mike Mieritz Age: 52 Born: West Allis, WI Formation: Community College of the Air Force, Birmingham, AL; Vision International University, Ramona ...

March 19, 2021
The First Free Methodist Church of Escondido

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 ...

March 5, 2021
Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov brought many to the Orthodox Church

St. Anthony the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church Contact: 2825 Merton Ave, San Diego 858-268-4100 www.st-anthony.org Membership: 520 (200 families) Neighborhood: Linda Vista Pastor: Father John Kent Reimann Age: 63 Born: Downey, ID Formation: University of ...

February 12, 2021
Trinity Episcopal: rising to the challenge

Trinity Episcopal Church Contact: 845 Chestnut St., Escondido 760-743-1629 www.trinityescondido.org Membership: 200 Neighborhood: Escondido Pastor: Rector Meg Decker Age: 58 Born: Reno, NV Formation: University of Nevada-Reno; Graduate Theological Union-Church Divinity School of the Pacific, ...

January 29, 2021
The Parochial and Plain Sermons of Cardinal John Henry Newman

Cardinal John Henry Newman What mind of man can imagine the love which the Eternal Father bears towards the Only Begotten Son? It has been from everlasting, and it is infinite; so great is it ...

Northminster Presbyterian: to change our hearts

Northminster Presbyterian Church Contact: 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego (858) 490-3995 https://northminstersandiego.squarespace.com Neighborhood: Claremont Membership: 90; 60-75 per week on Zoom (since COVID shutdown) Pastor: Jay Shirley Age: 66 Born: Corpus Christi, TX Formation: ...

January 15, 2021
Ippen: Ji-shu Buddhism founder who appealed to common folk of Japan

Ippen Devoutly adore the glory of God, Do not Ignore the original one’s virtue. Devoutly revere the Buddha, the Law, and the Priesthood, Do not forget the power of communion. Devoutly practice the invocation, Do ...

Oceanside Sanctuary: learning to become followers of Christ

Oceanside Sanctuary Contact: 204 S Freeman St., Oceanside 760-722-8522 www.oceansidesanctuary.org Membership: 200 Neighborhood: Oceanside Pastor: Jason Coker Age: 49 Born: San Bernardino Formation: Vineyard Institute (www.vineyardinstitute.org/usa); Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. Years Ordained: 19 San Diego ...

January 1, 2021

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