Stories

Meeting God Amid the Beauty of His Creation

God is constantly at hand, but sometimes the distractions of life and the world obscure his presence. Like many of us, Jim Davis says he feels closest to God when out alone in His creation. Jim recalls a particularly powerful connection one summer while working as a...

Sharing God’s Blessings to Grow His Church

God’s path for his church and its impact often isn’t clear to Christ’s followers until we look over our shoulders. Seven years ago, Joaquin Hernandez felt God call him to begin a new church here on the Coastside. With support and encouragement from his brothers,...

God’s Plan Opens New Vistas Via LifeGroup

The Coastside was comfortably familiar to Kathy Oler when she returned to Half Moon Bay in 2013 after 24 years in Arizona – the mountains and ocean, family and friends, church and community. Not that much had changed. But God had a new and unfamiliar plan in store for...

New Wave – Evangelism Matters

“Paul Richardson, Lead Pastor at Mariners, was in college the first time God used him to bring others to Christ. The new believers were 9 years old. He recently had committed his life to serving Christ and had pledged to embrace the first service opportunity to come...

Hope In Action Stories Touched My Life

“From where I was, it seemed like the picnic was really great,” stated Collene Meador. “I had fun walking around and getting stories from people.” Collene offered to capture people’s experiences during the picnic in how they served on Hope In Action day.  “I learned a...

An Opportunity to Plant Faith Seeds at Day Camp

Summer Day Camp has brought children at Mariners and their friends on the Coastside closer to Christ for more than 15 years. Taylor Duncan, who will minister to children as a Day Camp station leader for the first time this year, recalls how important the experience...

New Wave – Because Youth Matter

Curt Vanderstelt, youth pastor at Mariners, found a heart for his ministry when he was a teen-ager. “I had a youth pastor, Chip, that came to our church during a very important time in my life,” Curt said. “Chip’s influence and example showed me God’s love in very...

Even When We Walk Away, God is Waiting to Welcome Us Home

Fabiola grew up in Brazil in a family who attended a Catholic church. But rather than baptize Fabiola and her siblings as infants, her mother decided to let them make their own decisions for Christ. Fabiola made that decision at age 12. “I went to a Christian church...

Serving Children Is A Two-way Blessing

The success of the children’s ministry at Mariners relies heavily on the support of parents and other volunteers dedicated to helping out in the classroom on Sunday mornings, during midweek programs and at summer camps and special events. The difference these ministry...

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 the Coastside community 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...

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