February 12, 2013
North Coast Evangelical Free Church of America
I attended a service at North Coast Church. This church is at 2405 North Santa Fe Avenue in Vista, California. North Coast church is an Evangelical Free church with 10000 regular attenders. The history of this community is very interesting. It started in 1976, in the house of Ron and Alice Treibel who started doing weekly Bible studies in their Carlsbad home. Their home became too small for the increasing number of people who wanted to attend, so they started Sunday services. They rented the Carlsbad Women’s club and a few years later they rented the Carlsbad High School Cafeteria. By 1990, their congregation had nearly 800 regular attenders. After many sacrifices, they bought a building in Vista on North Melrose Street that provided future growth. In 2010, they moved to their current location in Vista. They offer a combination of live and video venue worship services to their 10,000 attendees. They offer services at three local campuses in Vista, Carlsbad, and Fallbrook with locations as far away as Hawaii and Okinawa. I interviewed Lesley Rhodes, who has been a regular attender at this church for 13 years. Lesley volunteers regularly at the church and was an employee of this church for 10 years. Rhodes suggested that I look for the churches statement of faith in their website. According to this website, “the Evangelical Free Church of America’s statement of faith includes their belief in one God as three divine persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They believe that the Holy Bible is spoken by God through humans, is without error, and reveals God’s will for salvation. They believe that Adam and Eve were created by God and sinned; leaving humans as sinners by nature, who can only be redeemed through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ. They believe that Jesus Christ is fully man and fully God, conceived by...