March 22, 2020 LiveStream Begins Here at 10am Pacific
Text Your "Yay God" Testimony to 619-277-2671
In-Person Services Canceled March 15 - March 25, 2020
A live stream will be offered each Sunday at 10am.
Out of an abundance of caution, and due to the difficulty of maintaining health guidelines from government agencies (6 feet of separation), our church leadership has decided to cancel regular Sunday morning services and Wednesday evening activities through March 25, 2020. At that time, we will re-evaluate public health recommendations and determine when it is appropriate to resume regular activities.
Please note, the leaders of SVCC recognize that this is a time when we should not be casual, but instead be even more proactive about interceding in prayer and deed for our world and for one another. The devil never misses an opportunity to stoke fear, loneliness, depression, and division. We are deeply troubled by the prejudicial lines of racism and poverty this disease has so quickly exposed in our society. Even though our church may not be meeting in a large group setting, we will be praying harder than ever, encouraging one another more than ever, and standing up for all of those in need - of any faith, color or social standing - more than ever.
If you are struggling with fear, loneliness, or depression at this time, our Pastor has made himself available just to talk and pray with anyone. Pastor Steve's personal cell phone is 619-277-2671. Feel free to call him anonymously.
Most of all, we pray that you will know that God is greater than any adversity the world brings our way.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1.9)
Steve came to San Diego from Carlsbad (NM, not CA) when he was 18 years old to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. He earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism and wrote for many of San Diego's local newspapers and magazines as a student -- and even won a city-wide college journalism contest with an article about homelessness.
Steve was able to start a very small public relations and web development shop, which freed his time to accept a position as the first Outreach Director for the Discovery Center in Ocean Beach, California (which was way more fun than PR work anyway!) During that time, Steve was able to attend Seminary and begin work on a Master's degree in Theology and Biblical Studies.
When Pastor Steve finished studies at Bethel Seminary in 2003, he and his wife Tammie joined with a group of dedicated friends to establish Spring Valley Community Church in south Spring Valley. They did so with the intention of establishing a community church -- one that is dedicated solely to bringing people from Spring Valley to a personal and transformational experience with Jesus Christ. Steve and Tammie have three school-age children and find great joy serving among their friends and family at SVCC.
Pastor Steve has been actively involved in a number of community groups, including the Spring Valley Citizen's Association (past President), the Spring Valley Youth and Family Coalition (Core Committee), the Spring Valley Revitalization Committee (past Public Safety Chair), the Spring Valley Sheriff's Citizen Advisory Council, The La-Mesa Spring Valley School District Program Improvement Committee, the Spring Valley Responsible Property Management Board, and many more.
Pastor Steve works to support his family as a professional web site developer, and Tammie has been a public school teacher with the La Mesa Spring Valley School District since 1998.
Busy? Yes. Meaningful? Absolutely. "There is no question about it," says Babbitt, "this is what we are called to do, and we love every minute of it. It is so refreshing to know that this is where we are called to make a difference."
"Spring Valley is a unique place to live and minister -- and there is great potential in this place. Our prayer is for our friends and neighbors here to discover that there is so much more to life than the daily grind -- that God has dreams for each of us that exceed anything we could imagine. We look forward to seeing Spring Valley be transformed from the inside out."