Our Story

In mid 2010, a team of 14 college ministry staff ventured down to San Diego with a vision of establishing a Christ-centered, biblical community at UC San Diego. With the call to have an Acts 2 church in every college town, they began to meet and work toward this call. Fast forward to today, our congregation is a multi-ethnic community composes largely of college students and young adults. Here you can meet people from all walks of life and all sorts of backgrounds. There are people who have never stepped foot inside a church and people who have been to church all their lives. We call this church our spiritual home and we hope that you can take part in joining us.

Gracepoint San Diego is part of the Gracepoint Ministries church network where our vision is to have an Acts 2 church in every college town.

Meet Our Leaders

John and Ellen are the dynamic duo leading our Gracepoint San Diego church. They both graduated from UC Berkeley and have been faithfully serving in college ministry for over 20 years.  Before entering full-time ministry, John was a computer engineer and Ellen worked as a project manager. They have 3 lively daughters, Madeleine, Taylor and Elisa, who attend middle and elementary schools.  Today, John and Ellen and their team of staff are busy sharing the gospel to students and creating a gospel-centered community on the UC San Diego campus.

Meet Our Staff


We are volunteer staff with a passion to serve the college community at UC San Diego. Some of us moved down with the desire to share the Gospel with college students. Today, we serve alongside UC San Diego graduates who share the same vision of an Acts 2 church in every college town.

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