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About Us

Discover who we are.

Here is information about our location, our history as a church, our staff, and what we believe.

If you want to dig deeper, white papers are also posted below.

Location and Services

Journey Christian Church
4849 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 786-4849

With services every Sunday at
9:45am online and in-person

Our History

Journey Church has roots in Orange County’s story that go way back to 1902. Those early tent meetings and rented spaces were ditched for a building in 1905 and became Northside Church in Santa Ana. In 1997, the church moved in with a then 25-year-old First Christian Church in Irvine and became Creekside Christian Fellowship—only to change its name AGAIN (this is starting to sound like a modern family, right?) to Journey Church in 2011.

We have always reflected the spirit of Orange County in being self-governed and autonomous. That means there is freedom as a church family to sense God’s leading and follow it without a lot of bureaucracy and denominational red tape. Since the beginning, the focus has stayed the same: to learn from Jesus how to live the life we were made for; to help families thrive and marriages flourish; and to serve the needy and hurting in our larger community.

Journey has learned to do this by accepting people where they are spiritually, and giving them space to move at their own pace. We’ve learned that being real with each other matters more than pretending we’ve got it all together. And above all, we’ve learned that what everybody is really looking for is to be loved as we are by friends who stick with us on every part of life’s journey—the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s our hope that your story can include ours, and together with Jesus we can make a difference in our world.


Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips
Lead Pastor
Andrew Wood
Andrew Wood
Pastor of Student Ministries
Cathi Phillips
Cathi Phillips
Interim Children's Pastor
Roger Mationg
Roger Mationg
Worship Pastor
Patsy DeBooy
Patsy DeBooy
Office Manager
Toni DeJesus
Toni DeJesus
Worship and Student Ministries Associate
Daniel Bertsch
Daniel Bertsch
Video/Media Producer
Andrew Braun
Andrew Braun
Facilities Set-up Coordinator
Damaris Roybal
Damaris Roybal
Nursery Coordinator


Jeremy Seely
with Monica (spouse)

Dawn Skirvin
with Tim (spouse)

Pete Wilson
with Betsy (spouse)

Penny Mock
with Andrew (spouse)

What We Believe

Journey Church adheres to some fundamental beliefs as described in the Bible. We are a non-denominational church and as such take direction from the leadership of elders chosen by the members here at Journey. We support doctrines which empower us to know and experience God and His plan for our lives. We live the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit, and are called to share the Good News of Jesus through our words and actions, acting as God’s vessels to spread His love and compassion to all mankind.

In light of this, these are the essential doctrines we believe in:

The Trinity

We believe God exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that He is a being unimaginably wonderful power, goodness, and love.
Psalm 118:1, Psalm 145:1-9 Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14


We believe the world exists because God created it, that it belongs to Him and therefore we should cherish and care for it.
Genesis 1:1, Psalm 24:1-2, Isaiah 40:25-26, 1 Corinthians 10:26


We believe all human beings have dignity, because they were created by God in His own image, and great worth, because they are valued by God beyond our ability to measure.
Genesis 1:1, Psalm 24:1-2, Isaiah 40:25-26, 1 Corinthians 10:26


We believe this world also has pain and suffering because human beings have fallen and sinned, and are estranged from God, from each other, from ourselves, and from creation.
Genesis 3:17, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Titus 3:3

God’s Redemptive Plan

We believe God does not intend for sin and suffering to get the last word, but is at work to redeem and reconcile what He has made.
Isaiah 11:6-9, Colossians 1:21-23, Revelation 21:1-5


We believe God has expressed Himself uniquely in His Son, Jesus, who lived, taught, died, and rose again for our sakes. Jesus is our master and teacher and savior and friend, and now reigns forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
John 14:6-7, Acts 2:32, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Ephesians 2:13, Colossians 1:15-20, Philippians 2:5-11, 1 Timothy 2:5-6


We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is necessary for people to be reconciled to God. Justification is solely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith response by which we surrender to Christ includes turning from sin and testifying to our faith publicly in baptism. Through our faith response we become part of God’s family and receive eternal life.
John 3:16-17; 5:24; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-7; Matthew 28:19-20

The Bible

We believe God has revealed the truth about Himself in the scriptures of the Old and new Testament, which are our unique and authoritative guides in faith and action.
Matthew 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Timothy 3:16

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Spirit of God is now available so we can be closer to God than the air we breathe.
John 14:26, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:26, Galatians 3:14, Ephesians 1:13-14

The Church

We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, and growth to the human race, to which He invites everyone who is willing to follow Jesus to join.
Matthew 18:18-20, John 1:12-13, Acts 1:8, Galatians 3:28, 1 Peter 2:9


We live in hope because one day Jesus will return, love and justice will prevail, and God will set the world right.
Matthew 24:30-31, Luke 12:40, Romans 8:37-39, Revelation 21:1-5

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