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Coastline believes that as a family, we will grow together to know Jesus, to be more like Him, and to share Him with others.

 

Our purpose is to worship, connect, develop, minister, and share. Loving God and loving others are the two most important things we can do. This purpose defines our family of faith. As we nurture healthy relationships with others, encouraging and supporting one another through the ups and downs of life, our lives are transformed, and we grow together to be more like Jesus.

  

Coastline believes that as a family, we will grow together to know Jesus, to be more like Him, and to share Him with others.

 

Our purpose is to worship, connect, develop, minister, and share. Loving God and loving others are the two most important things we can do. This purpose defines our family of faith. As we nurture healthy relationships with others, encouraging and supporting one another through the ups and downs of life, our lives are transformed, and we grow together to be more like Jesus.

  

Our History

A BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

1922: A group of people formed a Baptist congregation which met in the "Sample Room" of the DeLeon Hotel (located on the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets in Ventura).  The first advertised meeting of Sunday School was April 29, 1922.  There were 41 charter members.

 

1923: The congregation called their first pastor, Mr. W.B. Pearson and moved to the Old City Hall Building.

 

1924: The first baptism service was held on March 25 at the Ventura River.  Due to growth they moved again to the Lagomarsino Opera House on Santa Clara St.  A building fund drive was launched.  

 

1926: Moved into a newly constructed chapel at the intersection of Laurel and Santa Clara Streets.

 

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1928:  Plans were begun for a new sanctuary.  Robert B. Stacy Judd of Hollywood was hired to draw the plans, supervise the work and oversee the remodeling of the chapel.  (The architectural design of this building made Mr. Judd famous.)

 

1929: Another building campaign launched.

 

1931: February 1 was ground breaking day for the new sanctuary.

 

1932: The first service was held in the new sanctuary on Easter Sunday with a Dedication Service following in the afternoon.

 

1944: Sanctuary mortgage was paid in full.

 

1949: We began broadcasting the evening service over KVEN.  b_173_184_16777215_00_images_images_aerial.jpg

 

1957: Five acres was bought from Thille Ranch on Mills Road for the construction of a new church campus.

 

1958: March30 was the groundbreaking service for the Mills Road site.

 

1959: Services began at the Mills Road location on Easter Sunday.

 

1960: The Fellowship Hall was dedicated on January 10.  

1968: First Baptist Day School opened its doors.

 

1971:  Ground was broken for our current Worship Center and Office Building.  

 

1972:  On Sunday, September 17, the first services were held in the new Worship Center.  

 

1975: Our rose garden was planted.

 

1995: Broke ground on April 2 for the Family Life Center.

 

2004: The lot adjacent to the Office Building was purchased. 

 

2008: The name was changed from First Baptist Church of Ventura to our d.b.a, Coastline Bible Church.

 

2009: The lot was officially paid off!

 

2011: Phase One lot renovations were completed and include volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, BBQ and play areas. 

 

 

PASTORAL HISTORY

1923 - 1926      W.P. Pearson

1926 - 1927      A.W. Atkinson

1927 - 1928      F.S. Fretz (Interim)

1928 - 1936      J.W. Jenkins

1936 - 1942      H.B.O. Phillpotts

1942 - 1949      Harold Eaton

1949 - 1950      Dr. Cramer (Interim)

1950 - 1955      Emmett Parks

1956 - 1963      Alfred Engle

1963 - 1964      Tandy Sullivan (Interim)

1964 - 1964      Dr. Austin

1964 - 1976      Robert Pratt

1976 - 1977      Harold Shaw (Interim)

1977 - 1985      Alfred W. Van Selow

1985 - 1986      Paul Kopp (Interim)

1986 - 1987      James Webster (Interim)

1987 - 2002      Don Loomer

2002 - 2005      Scott Thibodo

2005 - 2007      Mike Newman (Interim)

2007 - 2007      Doug Meye (Interim)

2007 - 2015      Rob Perkins

2015 - 2016      Dick Walker (Interim)

2016 - 2017      Dr. Clayton Ford (Interim)

2017 -                Neal Benson