Stories

New Wave … The Mariners Family Matters

Len Banks, Connections Pastor at Mariners, traces his heart for connecting church members with God and each other to his mother’s struggles to find a place in her church when he was growing up. Len recalls that his mother struggled to maintain her faith after a...

Fleeing Iran to Follow Christ

Following Christ isn’t always easy. And sometimes it can be deadly. Saviz Kasray was born to a Muslim family in Iran. As a youngster, she had a hard time finding God within the restrictive Islamic rules of worship. Then at age 8, she began to have dreams about Jesus....

New Wave – Our Neighbors Matter

Ivette Moctezuma, outreach director at Mariners, found her heart for engaging with theCoastsidecommunity by watching her grandmother and mother serve here. “My grandmother was a fixture in her little home town in Mexico, and then here in Half Moon Bay as well. I grew...

When Jesus Decided to Make me His

Sometime around 2013, Jason was living in New Jersey and dating Karen. He started going to church with Karen and her Mom. Karen’s Mom was the choir director.  Karen’s father was the pastor of a different church in NJ.  Jason was starting to become interested in this...

Leading with Faith in the Workplace

Whether as an employer, teacher, volunteer or parent, being a servant leader requires an active interest in the well-being of the people we lead. God recently taught Mike Ng a valuable lesson in the power of faith in action in the workplace. First through informal...

Shepherding ‘Little Lambs’

Since 1994, preschoolers at Mariners Church have benefited from an organized group designed specifically for them: Little Lambs Club. As the club celebrates 25 years of existence, it’s a good time to look back on its history. Pam Sayles enjoyed serving in children’s...

Because Children Matter

New Wave is our vision that everyone on our Coastside has an opportunity to hear and respond to the love of Jesus Christ. Kaitlin Gehret, Children’s Ministry Director, found her heart for teaching children about Jesus right here at Mariners Church as a young volunteer...

God Story

Although Kenji and Bonnie Gjovig loved each other dearly, they had a tremendous amount of conflict.  It was a marriage with a high degree of difficulty.  At times, the presence of children was the only thing that kept them together. ​ Once their third child, Annika...

Using Our Talents to Reach Others for Christ

God graces each of us with gifts for use in advancing his kingdom. Laurie Kehler began her career in advertising as an art director but always enjoyed keeping her hand in copy writing. The work helped hone her talent for using the written word to influence the...

Love is the Main Ingredient for the Meal Ministry

God knows our needs before we even ask. Adora Palmer witnessed that Bible lesson in action five years ago when she volunteered to rekindle the dormant Mariners Meal Ministry. “I got tapped on the shoulder by God and thought, ‘You know, there’s a place for a food...

100,000 volts shot through his heart and he lived. For a reason.

One day in 2000 at age 26, Sam Beard was tasked with collecting eggs on a chicken farm.  As he bent over to collect the eggs while holding a bar for support, he touched a wire sticking out of the auger of an automatic feeder sending the shock through his body. In the...

Embracing God’s Radical Plan with Confidence

Moving across the country is hard. But Curt and Becky Vanderstelt’s decision to leave Two Rivers, Wisconsin, for Half Moon Bay was easy. They heard God’s call for Curt to apply to become youth pastor at Mariners Church, they saw God’s plan unfold, and they acted....

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