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About

"THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND BLOOD,

AND MOVED INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD."

-John 1, The Message

 

 

Welcome to City Church Long Beach.

We love Jesus and we love our city. We believe Jesus was already at work to bring renewal, peace, hope, and transformation to Long Beach long before our church started, and he will continue to do so long after we are gone—we simply want to join him in what he is doing here and now.

 

Our mission is to develop a multi-everything community of people who hear and respond to Jesus, and to help others to do the same.

 

Three things motivate us:

  1. Jesus, because he's awesome.
  2. Discipleship, since that's where Jesus invites us into a life with him.
  3. The Kingdom, because the life Jesus invites us into is seeing heaven's kingdom come to earth.

 

We have succeeded when we embody these traits:

  • Authenticity, letting others know who we really are.
  • Team, doing life together.
  • Generosity, to give freely and often.
  • Growth, help each other take the next step of the journey.

 

We've succeeded in our competency goals when we regularly hear and respond to God with joy, be it with our families, friends, neighborhoods, or in our work and schools. When we intentionally invest in the spiritual growth of others and start new worship communities that share our mission and values, we believe we have succeeded.


MEET OUR STAFF

Bill White, Pastor

Bill grew up in Virginia, and then in 1992, he followed a pretty girl named Katy to California to get married. Bill loves having people over at his house and will try to get you to play a board game with him if you visit.  He also loves listening to his kids play music and watching his daughter play soccer. Katy serves as a doctor and the medical director for a large community clinic on Skid Row in Los Angeles.

Bill grew up in Virginia, and then in 1992, he followed a pretty girl named Katy to California to get married. Bill loves having people over at his house and will try to get you to play a board game with him if you visit.  He also loves listening to his kids play music and watching his daughter play soccer. Katy serves as a doctor and the medical director for a large community clinic on Skid Row in Los Angeles.

Chris Cano, Executive Pastor

Chris is a dad to two great kids, Karissa and Joseph. They enjoy games and movies and spend lots of time on the soccer and flag football fields. Chris graduated with an M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary and has worked in ministry for eighteen years. Chris loves City Church LB, because—as it has been for him—it is a place where people have space to go on their own personal spiritual journeys with God. If you find yourself on the margins of religion, Chris is the pastor you want to speak with. Rumor has it he's taking up residency there.

Chris is a dad to two great kids, Karissa and Joseph. They enjoy games and movies and spend lots of time on the soccer and flag football fields. Chris graduated with an M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary and has worked in ministry for eighteen years. Chris loves City Church LB, because—as it has been for him—it is a place where people have space to go on their own personal spiritual journeys with God. If you find yourself on the margins of religion, Chris is the pastor you want to speak with. Rumor has it he's taking up residency there.

Brenna Rubio, Outreach Director

Brenna loves helping her kids develop their passions, working on projects, and exploring new places with her husband, Israel. She also enjoys curling up with coffee and a good book. Her heart is for seeing barriers broken down and people welcomed wholeheartedly into the faith community.

Brenna loves helping her kids develop their passions, working on projects, and exploring new places with her husband, Israel. She also enjoys curling up with coffee and a good book. Her heart is for seeing barriers broken down and people welcomed wholeheartedly into the faith community.

Erin Arendse, Administrator

Erin is a part-time English professor and a part-time organizational empress. She loves hiking, books, feminist theory, and Harry Potter (Ravenclaw, if you were curious). Originally from Idaho, Erin fell in love with Long Beach while completing her masters degree at CSULB, and can frequently be found wandering in and out of Long Beach's book stores, coffee shops, and breweries.

Erin is a part-time English professor and a part-time organizational empress. She loves hiking, books, feminist theory, and Harry Potter (Ravenclaw, if you were curious). Originally from Idaho, Erin fell in love with Long Beach while completing her masters degree at CSULB, and can frequently be found wandering in and out of Long Beach's book stores, coffee shops, and breweries.

Sara and Greg Dolmage, Worship Leaders

Sara has played piano and drums since she was a kid and since then has produced two original albums. Greg has a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and has been in ministry for ten years. They enjoy life with their son, Guy and their Labradoodle, Pickles, and love holidays (or any reason to celebrate and host a party).

Sara has played piano and drums since she was a kid and since then has produced two original albums. Greg has a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and has been in ministry for ten years. They enjoy life with their son, Guy and their Labradoodle, Pickles, and love holidays (or any reason to celebrate and host a party).

Diana Macias, Connections Director

Since the moment she arrived at City Church Long Beach, Diana has not stopped being active. She grew up Catholic (and still loves the Catholic Church) and is passionate about connecting people to God and to others in everyday life. With her husband Rick, they enjoy their Mexican culture and are are known to stop by at any time with a batch of homemade ceviche, chips, and salsa.

Since the moment she arrived at City Church Long Beach, Diana has not stopped being active. She grew up Catholic (and still loves the Catholic Church) and is passionate about connecting people to God and to others in everyday life. With her husband Rick, they enjoy their Mexican culture and are are known to stop by at any time with a batch of homemade ceviche, chips, and salsa.

Tony Cowans, Intern

Tony studied for his M. Div. at Talbot School of Theology. He fell in love with the heart of City Church's ministry and calls it his home. He loves going on hikes with his wife Kaytie and daughter Emery. In his free time, he enjoys reading.

Tony studied for his M. Div. at Talbot School of Theology. He fell in love with the heart of City Church's ministry and calls it his home. He loves going on hikes with his wife Kaytie and daughter Emery. In his free time, he enjoys reading.

Chrissy McCauley, Kids Ministry Co-Director

Chrissy found her family at City Church Long Beach, and she loves working with the kids. She recently graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is excited to see what God is going to do next. She enjoys exploring, especially new coffee shops, and likes reading, baking, sewing, photography, and pretty much anything crafty.

Chrissy found her family at City Church Long Beach, and she loves working with the kids. She recently graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is excited to see what God is going to do next. She enjoys exploring, especially new coffee shops, and likes reading, baking, sewing, photography, and pretty much anything crafty.

Kate Bruins, Kids Ministry Co-Director

Kate loves exploring Long Beach with her sister, playing boardgames, meeting friends, and enjoying cheese with wine. She also loves kids. Yes she does.

Kate loves exploring Long Beach with her sister, playing boardgames, meeting friends, and enjoying cheese with wine. She also loves kids. Yes she does.



Our Doctrinal Statement

Let’s start with these two assumptions. First, everyone is tired of Christians who claim to believe things that don’t line up with how they actually live. Second, belief is an ever-growing reality—at its best, it steadily transforms our day-to-day lives for good. As such, belief doesn’t translate well into a few paragraphs on a website.

At City Church Long Beach, we want to embrace a holistic view of faith—one where words of the heart manifest in the work of our hands. In other words, you only truly believe what you do. The sad truth is, there are days when our lives express our belief in God, and there are other days when our beliefs are more like empty statements.

Ultimately, you can find our actual beliefs in the lived out expressions of our collective lives. The belief statement below is therefore simply that, a statement. It’s something you might say we’re relying on, or trusting in. And it’s something that ultimately we aspire to believe—not just in our hearts and minds, but in the way we live in this world.

We believe in:

The only true God, the Creator of all things,
existing eternally in three persons
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
full of love and glory.

The unique divine inspiration,
entire trustworthiness
and authority of the Bible.

The value and dignity of all people, created in God’s glorious image,
but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt.

Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine,
who lived a glorious and perfect life,
who taught how to live in the new kingdom he established,
who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place,
and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.

Forgiveness of sins and reconnection with God
which is by God’s grace alone
to all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit
who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling.

The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ,
sons and daughters of God, friends of Jesus, a home for the Holy Spirit
a community of brothers and sisters participating in the coming of God’s Kingdom to earth
manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches
and making disciples throughout the world.

The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ,
who will judge all people with justice and mercy,
giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation
but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.

And the consummation of all things,
a tangible and utterly new reality
where the limitless and unimpeded beauty, creativity and majesty of God
gives birth to eternal worship and life together.