• REAL. LOVE. NOW.

    Click here to livestream the Sunday service @ 9:30 a.m.

    and

    Join us for our Wednesday Night Livestream Bible Study @ 7:00 p.m. every week

     

  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19, all our services will be livestreamed via Facebook until further notice.

     

    You can worship Sunday's @ 9:30 a.m. online here.

  • Plan Your Visit

    Right now, social distancing is the norm, but we'd still love to get to know you online.

     

    Visit our Sunday service through our livestream on Facebook.

    Every Sunday @ 9:30 a.m.

     

    Let us know if you were our guest.

    And let us know what you thought of the experience.

  • TIME & LOCATION

    Service time, location & directions

    TIME

    SUNDAY MORNINGS @ 9:30 AM

    TEMPORARY LOCATION ONLINE

    Live-streaming here

  • WHAT TO EXPECT

    (most of this still applies even to our live-streaming service)

    Dress Casual (pre-service)

    The Come as You Are Part (Right now you can worship in your pajamas!)

    Sunday's around here are relaxed and casual, yet reverent. No one around here's particularly fashion conscious, though Calvin Klein is the preferred brand.

    Grab a Gift (pre-service)

    The Center Church Grocery Tote Part (Right now we'll deliver it to your doorstep if you send us your address)

    As you're greeted outside when you arrive, one of our greeters will get you a grocery tote bag that is filled with some gifts. (You have to come to find out what!) If you have children, our greeters will also help you get your kids checked-in for Sunday School.

    Infant & Toddlers Check-In (pre-service)

    The Childcare Part (We have a segment for the kids during our live-stream service)

    As you enter the building, you will see a table that says "Center Kids." This is where you sign your infants & toddlers (0-3) into childcare. The rest of the kids join us for the singing and are then released to Sunday School along with their teachers.

    Worship (the service begins)

    The Singing Part (Sing at home while we live-stream our worship leader)

    The call to worship begins with the ringing of a bell. This lets everyone who is out in the lobby chatting away know that the service is about to begin. All the lyrics to the songs are on a large screen. If you don't know the song, foot-tapping is allowed.

    Offering

    The Giving Part (We have several giving options -- Venmo, Online giving through our webpage and app, and a physical address where you can mail a check -- just go to the contact page for the address)

    After approximately three worship songs, one of our elders (that word just means pastor) explains what our giving goes toward and then prays for the offering. While the offering is being received, there is one more worship song.

    Sunday School

    The Children's Part (Again, we have a short segment for the kids during our live-stream service)

    After the offering and song, one of our elders prays for the children and Sunday school leaders and then releases them to the Sunday school rooms that are right down the hall. The safety of your children is a priority around here. (All of our volunteers are background checked.)

    Sermon

    The Learning Part (This is much the same online as it was live, except you can't sit close enough to get spit on now)

    Our sermons are straight from the pages of the Bible and then applied to us today. These are not lightweight self-help talks disguised as sermons. These are in-depth, God-has-communicated-to-humanity type proclamations.

    The Lord's Supper

    The Remembering Part (We encourage you to gather the elements of bread and juice at home and participate with us)

    The sermon's application is given while sealed communion cups are passed out. The pre-sealed cups have both the juice and the wafer, so no fear of germs. Generally, we have communion every Sunday.

  • The Official Welcome of Center Church

    To all who are weary and need rest.
    To all who mourn and long for comfort.

    To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares.
    To all who fail and desire strength.
    To all who sin and need a Savior.
    This church opens wide her doors

    with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
    the Ally of His enemies,
    the Defender of the guilty,
    the Justifier of the inexcusable,
    the Friend of sinners.

    Welcome.

  • REAL. LOVE. NOW.

    That’s our vision, mission and values.

    1

    REAL.

    Our vision is that we want to be real, not some fake, plastic, manipulative group.

    2

    LOVE.

    And our mission is to show you love right now, not after you've cleaned up or straightened out or got your life together, but right now.

    3

    NOW.

    REAL. LOVE. NOW. are also our values — that you get real before God now. That you learn how to receive and give the love of God right now.

  •  REAL. LOVE. NOW

    REAL. LOVE. NOW. also serves as our process statement. Any person who attends Center Church can know where they are in the discipleship process. The word disciples just means learner, someone who is learning who Christ is and why He matters to you now. So, to find out where you are in the discipleship process you just have to think REAL. LOVE. NOW.

    REAL.

    That's number one, get REAL. Commit to knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior and showing up for Sunday worship and be honest with yourself and others.

    LOVE.

    That’s our small group segment of discipleship, love one another. The Bible says you can’t love God if you do not love others who are right in front of you.

    NOW.

    That's when Christian service happens -- now. We want you to serve God now. Don’t wait until you’re perfect (never). Don’t wait until you think you know enough. Serve God now. We have a Spiritual Gifts & Passions Test designed to help you find your place.

  • OUR NAME

    We’re called Center Church because Jesus said that all the Scriptures testify about Him (Luke 24:27). So everything in the Bible points to who Jesus is and what He has done. This is what we call the gospel. In short, we are a gospel-centered church because that is the focus of Scripture — the person and work of Christ. He is the central story of the Bible. Thus, Center Church, because everything we do springs from the gospel.

  • OUR MISSION

    ...other than providing you with free donuts on Sunday mornings? We're simply here to help people find their way back to God. Real. Love. Now. There you have it. (Matthew 28:18-20)

     

  • OUR KIDS

    Our goal is to educate parents in the gospel that parents might educate their children in the gospel. REAL. LOVE. NOW. even applies to our children.

  • We believe that church should be a place that is fun for your children.

    Infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) are checked into childcare before the service begins. The other kids join us for all-family worship before they are dismissed to age-appropriate Sunday School.

     

    Center Kid's Sunday School begins from age 4 to age 11. (Register here)

     

    Children 12 and older are incorporated into our Sunday morning gatherings because we don't want to segregate our children from the larger body. We want them to see Sunday gatherings with every tongue, tribe, people and age as a regular part of their lives.

  • Children's Ministry Registration

    Your child + Jesus = awesome.

  • Small Groups

    Be part of a community! Small Groups are simply groups of people who gather in homes to worship, read the Bible, pray, enjoy gospel-centered discussion, and eat some snacks. These groups consist of seasoned believers, newer believers who are learning to live on mission, and those not yet convinced of the truth of the gospel.

     

    We offer small groups twice each year. The first session of groups begins in September and lasts for 12 weeks. Our second session of Center Groups begins in February of the new year and runs from 6 to 8 weeks.

    MONDAY (evening)

    (Weekly for 12 weeks) 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. @ 31925 Birchwood Dr., Lake Elsinore

    Subject: Prayer & the Word 

    Starts: Meeting via Zoom

     

    For info: Steve Adler

    steveadler@email.com

     

    TUESDAY (evening)

    (Weekly for 12 weeks) 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. @ 25345 Forest Wood Circle, Menifee

    Subject: Prayer & the Word

    Starts: Temporary hiatus during COVID-19

     

    For info: Carmen Eide

    19peeps2017@gmail.com

     

  • Our Messages

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • OUR TEAM

    "For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth..." Ain't that the truth!

    Thor Ramsey

    Lead Pastor

    I have always been convinced that most comedians are just preachers who haven't answered their call, so after 20-years as a full-time standup comedian, I answered the call and helped plant Emmaus Church (you win a Christian maturity ribbon if you can pronounce Emmaus) in Redlands, California, which is now eight-years-old and going strong. Then I was a teaching pastor at Canyon Lake Community Church for four years and have now ventured back into church planting as the lead pastor of Center Church. (You get nothing if you can pronounce that, except the satisfaction of being hooked on phonics.) We celebrated our three-year anniversary Easter of 2019.

     

    Westminster Seminary California allowed me onto their campus even though I baptize grownups. That seminary and its professors have been formative in my life.

     

    But not as much as my wife who I have been married to for 26 years as of July 2019. As a couple, we are both advocates of orphan care, having adopted Kate when she was 11 days old. That's me in the selfie with my wife Dinika, our son Rex (2), our daughter Eden (18), and our daughter Kate (10). That's right. Eight years between each of our kids, because we're good planners.

     

    thor@centerchurch.life

    Jenny Cleary

    Children's Ministry Director

    Our Children's Ministry is lovingly led by a team consisting of Jenny and Dan Cleary, and Dinika Sides. But since Jenny takes the brunt of the administrative responsibilities, she gets top billing, so to speak.

     

    Jenny works with families during the week as an education specialist for River Springs Charter Schools, so managing the education of children is always on her radar. Dan is one of our elders and teaches economics along with government at Martin Luther King Jr. in Riverside.

     

    Dinika Sides is my wife who gave up a career as a corporate executive to homeschool our children. (Long story on the last name thing.)

     

    The goal in children's ministry is the same goal as the rest of the church -- that Christ is the central figure in every Bible story.

     

    In the selfie above -- Jenny is pictured with Dan and their girls Julia (11), and Charlotte (9).

     

    dandjcleary@gmail.com

    Steve Adler

    Worship Pastor

    Steve Adler is a consummate rocker, as in rock n’ roll back when it was rock n’ roll and not whatever it is now. Techno. Exactly. Tech? No. The first rock concert Steve attended was KISS in 1979 and yes, he was in full makeup. Thankfully for us, he has left face-painting behind and leads the worship team at Center Church.

     

    Steve brings his passion for the Lord into the sanctuary and with every note of his guitar. If there is an instrument, whatever it may be, Steven can probably play it, even the ukulele. He started playing music at 11-years of age, was awarded a gold medal at an international music festival with a jazz ensemble in 1984. He is a first class bass player, but his skills go far beyond his instrument of preference. This is why one of his great gifts is in developing other musicians and singers into worshippers who sing to the Lord with their whole heart and on key. Praise the Lord.

     

    Steve has been married to Tammy (who was such a good sport for this selfie which came without warning) for 26 years in October. They have three children, one in college (Dave, 23, studying psychology at Cal State Long Beach), one who just graduated college (Michaela, 24, BS in geology from Cal State Fullerton) and Sam (19) who's still at home.

  • Our Leadership

    After a year of meeting weekly (except on occasion) to study John Frame's Systematic Theology and to discuss and pray over insights and questions, our elder candidates were confirmed by unanimous congregational vote. We continue to meet to study the Bible and pray, because in order to lead we must not only know God's heart (the Bible), we must have God's heart (prayer). And that is the focus of our elder meetings. That is the place from which we lead.

    DAN CLEARY

    Elder

     

    Daniel is a professor at Martin Luther King Jr. in Riverside, California. He has been married to Jenny for 17 years and they have two lovely little girls, Julia and Charlotte. Daniel also serves as church treasurer. His wife Jenny works for River Springs Charter Schools as an Educational Specialist where she works with homeschooling families.

    STEVE ADLER

    Elder

     

    The complete Steve Adler bio can be found above (as our worship leader), but Steve has also felt the Lord challenging him to deeper waters, so he also became an elder at Center Church and heads up our Angel Tree outreach. Steve's wife Tammy works for Walden Family Services, an adoption and foster agency, as a nurse.

    How to Become an Elder

     

    An elder is a man who meets the qualifications in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9, is recognized by the congregation as an elder, and leads the congregation by teaching the Word (1 Tim. 3:2), praying for the sheep (Jas. 5:14), and overseeing the affairs of the church (1 Pet. 5:2). We believe God calls an elder. Church leadership affirms or denies someone's calling. In short, let us know if you think you're called to be an elder and we'll begin the conversation.

  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

    When we give to church, we see a tangible result — people’s lives changed. Here is a great stat for you to think about. 100% of the money you invest in God through a local church is yours to keep forever! You don’t get to keep the burger, coffee, or car, but when you give to a church, your investment is into people that God is doing a work in. Thank you for answering the call to contribute to God's work in the people here at Center Church.

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