Escondido is more than 100 years old and has seen considerable change over the years. Our desire is to start a church to break through the barriers and meet the needs that face this current generation.
Studies reveal church planting to be one of the most effective ways to reach such people with the Gospel of Christ. It is reported that 60 to 80 percent of people in new congregations were not previously active in any local church. People that have never attended a church are many times more attracted to attend new churches rather than a church that is older where it seems everyone already knows one other.
Your Orchard Leadership
Assad Saif - Pastor
If I can do anything, my hope is to do things that help people find and follow Jesus. We started the Orchard so people can find hope, and experience love through faith in Christ.
Favorite verse: Romans 5:8 "but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Summer Saif - Children's Directer Birth- Kindergarten
What a joy and privilege it is to serve our littlest ones and their families at the Orchard. I am in charge of our nursery and Pre-K classes, providing a fun and safe environment where children can grow, learn about Jesus and how much God loves them through stories, crafts, music and playing. I also help offer opportunities for our parents to connect and grow in their relationship with God and one another. Its awesome to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of our families here at the Orchard!
Favorite verse: John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Dan Vandewarker - Youth and Family Pastor
It is my greatest joy to help children and students come to know who Jesus is and commit their life to Him. I am responsible for leading our student and college ministries and work closely with staff and volunteers that work with children from birth through elementary. I also get to work with different ministry teams at Orchard from our tear down and setup teams, welcome, hospitality and a few others. It is truly a gift to serve at the Orchard.
Favorite verse: (It tends to vary) John 1:12 - Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
Tonya Pinkerton - Children's Ministry Director
Jesus made it a point to tell the disciples that he wanted the children to come and know Him. Our desire at the Orchard is to help kids know who Jesus is by reading His word, to show them God's amazing love and to encourage a lifelong relationship with Him in a fun and safe environment.
Favorite verse: Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the Hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
Mario Romero - Graduate Intern
I get to use all the knowledge I've learned in Seminary and through life experience and come alongside people to love them and teach them about Jesus; while also gaining more knowledge and wisdom from our leaders.
Favorite verse: Matthew 10:16 - “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves”
Cameron deRu - Undergraduate Intern
I disciple, teach and encourage students to discover their purpose in God’s story; that they might know who they are as His children.
It is my goal to personally grow as a God-loving, Christ-treasuring servant in His church; spreading the gospel to those who God puts in my path.
Favorite verse: Romans 8:38-39 - For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our Faith and Future
Our vision is to invite people to find hope and experience love through faith in Jesus.
Orchard Community Church is an inviting community of believers seeking to help people find and follow Jesus. Our desire is to build a community built on our FAITH, HOPE and LOVE in Christ. We will seek to help people of all ethnicities; ages and backgrounds grow in their relationship with God, connect in their relationship with others and share their faith with people in their neighborhoods and around the world. We hope this process will change the way people see and understand Christianity.
As a church our greatest hope and desire is to create a community:
- Where people find hope and life change in Christ.
- Where people can learn the truth of God’s Word and how to live it.
- Where people connect with each other through life-sharing relationships.
- That reaches out to people harassed and helpless (Matthew 9:36), helping them find truth and love through faith in Christ.
- That works together to provide “easy to find” safe places for kids.
- That strives to see the climate of the city move from unsafe and violent to safe and peaceful.
- That is diverse in ethnicity and united by our common great love of God.
- That serves in the church, in our neighborhoods, and around the world.
- That is willing to try new and innovative things for the sake of helping people find a meaningful relationship with God.
- That generously shares our faith, hope and love.
We Lead through Membership
Becoming a member anywhere requires commitment and heart.
At the Orchard our hope is to invite people into our church family who want to be committed to see God transform the community of Escondido by inviting people to find hope and experience love through faith in Christ. The church is called the “body of Christ” in the bible making it a living organism bound together by God Himself. When people “join” a local church they are contributing to advancing the Kingdom of God on earth by participating in the progression of building up the Body of Christ. There really is no greater mission on earth!
What is Membership at The Orchard?
Here at the Orchard when we use the word “membership” we are defining it with words like, commitment, partnership, service, sacrifice and covenant relationship. To be a member at a church is different than being a member anywhere else. When you say you want to be a member at the Orchard you are saying that you believe this is where God wants you to be and where you believe God is alive and active. We invite you to take a step and become family at the Orchard; where you will be part of what helps the church reach people by inviting them to find hope and experience love through faith in Christ.
What do we require?
- Belong: Be part of our church for at least six months or more.
- Believe: Learn about our past, present and future by watching this short video. Read the OCC Constitution & By-Laws by clicking here.
- Become: Join us at a member's meeting where you share your story of putting your faith in Jesus for your salvation.
How can I get started?
At the Orchard we want to be great hosts! The goal of course is to help you join the family so we will help you get started. Getting started is easy!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in contact with you helping you along the way.