What to Expect
Because we do not have Sunday School or childcare for the kids at this time, our current live services run 45 minutes and we meet in conjunction with the Canyon Lake Bible Club.
We sing the Bible
We obey the Bible
We preach the Bible
We pray the Bible
"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!
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 a decade 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.)
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 28 years as of July 2021. 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 (3), our daughter Eden (20), and our daughter Kate (12). That's right—eight years between each kid, because we're good planners.
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 (13), and Charlotte (11).
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 28 years in October. They have three children, one in college (Dave, 26, studying psychology at Cal State Long Beach), one who just graduated college (Michaela, 27, BS in geology from Cal State Fullerton) and Sam (22) who's studying at Cal State Fullerton also.
Our leadership team meets weekly 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.
Daniel is a professor at Martin Luther King Jr. in Riverside, California. He has been married to Jenny for 19 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.
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.
Dale studied psychology and Biblical Studies at Biola University and works with United States veterans. He has been married to Angelique for... quite a few years. And he has a great passion for prayer.
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.
Join us for Easter!
Stuffed Bunny Give-Aways!
Hermetically Sealed Easter Baskets for the kids (but you must RSVP by clicking the Plan Your Visit tab on the menu above).