The 30th street corridor is home to a diverse, creative, and community-minded part of San Diego’s population. So much of what we see in our neighborhoods resonates with the kind of world God is building. Creativity abounds, diversity of every kind is celebrated, sustainability is seen as a virtue not a restriction, and many people are re-discovering hospitality and neighborly ways of living together. As followers of Jesus, we see these things and celebrate. These are signs of life, signs that God is at work in our neighborhoods.
Genesis is a community of faith seeking to discover and live the ancient and beautiful way of life Jesus taught and embodied, in a 21st century postmodern world.
We desire to be a home for spiritual sojourners and second-chance Christians, a community that challenges both full-fledged Jesus freaks and all-out skeptics. It’s our mission to be a welcoming family of faith for both gay and straight, poor and rich, women and men. We long to share the love of Jesus with our world and our neighborhoods primarily through acts of hospitality, service, and love.
Genesis began gathering in a living room in March of 2012, but the dream of a church in the neighborhoods surrounding San Diego’s Balboa Park was born years before.
God gave us a dream of a church that would exude hospitality, creativity, and most of all – love.
From the beginning our desire has been to cultivate a community that would be a spiritual home for people who have felt excluded from the community of Christ because they didn’t fit into a narrow but popular cultural model of what it means to be a Christian.
We knew that we needed to be part of a community centered on Jesus above all else. Jesus above politics. Jesus above culture-wars. Jesus above all. The One that captures our hearts and imagination more than anyone or anything else is Jesus.
If you want to pursue God and journey alongside others who are committed to Jesus, but have felt excluded or left out because of your gender, theology, politics, race, or other identities we hope that you’ll come visit. We think there’s a good chance that we’re the kind of church for you.
What to expect
We’re a pretty relaxed bunch, dress however you feel most comfortable.
We’ve been called a kind of a casual, creative, liturgical community. Each week we sing, read scripture together, someone gives a message unpacking the scripture and connecting it to everyday life, and we pray together as a community.
Many weeks someone is creating art during the service.
Every week we share communion together. Each Sunday we’ve got coffee brewing and some snacks ready at 9am. Grab a cup and say hi! We gather inside the St Luke’s sanctuary at 9:30 am. Look for the big purple doors!
We have an awesome Kid’s Church team ready to serve your family and love your kids. Because the safety of all children is deeply important to us, all our Kid’s Church volunteers have gone through background checks and training before they stepped into this ministry.
Limited street parking is available nearby St. Luke’s. In addition the North Park Garage is just a block away and charges $1 an hour.
Meet some of the people who are responsible for leading genesis.
We believe in the “priesthood of all believers” which is an ancient way of saying that we’re all called to care for and reflect God to each other. Every one of us has the potential of being a conduit of God’s love and grace to others. We enthusiastically affirm the full equality of women and men in every area of leadership and ministry.
Chances are you’ll find Wil in a coffee shop in North Park writing a sermon. He has a passion for opening scripture up to be heard in new and creative ways. Wil and his wife, Amy, love taking their boys Corbyn and Hudson exploring.
Charlie is both a pastor and an artist. If it has to do with the intersection of creative arts and the liturgical life of the church it’s Charlie’s jam. When he’s not catching up on the latest episode of the Walking Dead, Charlie enjoys going to the beach with his wife, Kara, and daughter Zoe.
Diane is a San Diego native, who loves art, a good cup of coffee, being outdoors, and being with people she loves! Diane has worked with a variety of youth programs and ministries in the San Diego area, focusing with ages 2-15. She desires for kids to feel included, valued, and to know the love of Christ.
When Becky isn’t enjoying her life living and working in the City Heights community, she’s probably either watching one of her four children’s field hockey/basketball/lacrosse games or taking a walk with her husband, Kevin, and puppy Truman through a neighborhood canyon, Balboa Park, or Mission Trails. She loves wrestling with God’s word and hosting people, with her family, in their home for dinner or dessert. Drop by anytime!
While Julius grew up always moving from place to place, he is grateful to call San Diego his home. His passion for music is complemented by his fascination with the art of storytelling. For Julius, music has the ability to stir us to an awareness of God’s beauty and creativity, but also serves as a means of telling the story of God and God’s people. By engaging in simple acts of quality time such as making meals together or shooting hoops, Julius seeks to make people feel at home.
Melissa is a San Diego native and wife to her junior high sweetheart. She’s always on the go with her family of four. In her free time, you’ll find her taking a trip to the zoo or Mission Bay, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or at home playing a competitive game of Uno. Alongside her husband Polo, she is dedicated to building up her family with a heart for others.
Forrest grew up in Carlsbad, CA. He’s a gifted musician adept at many instruments. Forrest is our resident tech-head at Genesis. If you plug it in, chances are he knows how to take it apart and rebuild it. When Forrest isn’t rebuilding a gadget you can usually find him serving others by fixing their car troubles.
Although San Diego is not her first home, Sam has grown to love the culture and people of North Park. If she’s not occupied with some crafty project she can likely be found floating in the ocean or breaking bread with a friend. As the Worship Arts Assistant at Genesis she is responsible for creating a space that welcomes all.
Genesis gathers in two kinds of settings, our Sunday worship gathering and in mid-week Apprentice Groups. Sunday morning we gather as a community to worship. In our mid-week apprentice groups we dig into scripture, and share our own stories to help and challenge each other to put this Jesus-life into tangible action.
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.