Our History in San Diego
2007: A Dream is Born
Have you ever wanted to impact the world? This was the desire that brought the group of friends together that founded All Peoples Church.
God was moving powerfully in the Antioch Community Church College group in Central Texas. At Antioch, God was working powerfully through the local church: hundreds had come to know God personally, thousands had been transformed by God, addicts were being set free, and the sick were being healed.
After almost ten years of leading a flourishing college group, Robert and Stefanie Herber felt God speak to their hearts to launch a multi-ethnic church in the heart of San Diego. They shared the dream with some close friends who all sensed God leading them to uproot and move to the San Diego. They took a risk knowing that God would do an amazing thing.
2008: Launching Out
In January 2008, the first lifegroup was launched in the Herber home just one block away from San Diego State Campus. From the first day, God brought together an ethnically diverse group. This early Lifegroup started with mostly college students, but soon people from the inner city (gang members, the homeless, skaters, and others) began to jump in as well. After 5 months, this first group outgrew meeting in a home and the leaders of All Peoples felt led to launch a public worship service.
This growing community was graciously welcomed by the administration of Horace Mann Middle School and had its first public gathering on June 22, 2008. It was at this transition that families both young and old as well as many young professionals began to join. All Peoples began to serve Horace Mann and this served as a connecting point to many youth. Since that point, the church has grown quickly to represent people of all ages, all economic strata, and numerous ethnicities.
In the Spring of 2008, a group of 14 went on what would be the first annual mission trip to Mexico. This trip was all about sharing the love of Jesus, caring for the poor and orphan, and experiencing church community and still serves to be one of the most catalytic events each year in the life of the church.
In January of 2009, All Peoples moved out of a small auditorium at Horace Mann Middle School into a larger assembly style auditorium. The new arrangement allowed growth on Sunday, additional room to worship, increased production quality, and more space for a growing children’s ministry.
2009-2011: Launch of New Ministries
To facilitate what God was doing in San Diego, new ministries were launched to meet different needs in the church:
- The All Peoples School of Transformation, a full-time ministry and discipleship training school (2009)
- “Awaken” College Worship Experience (2010)
- The Restoration House women’s recovery ministry (2011)
- “Anchored”, All Peoples Youth Group (2011)
2012: The Launch of a Movement
In 2012, the church leaders sensed the challenge from God to believe for the beginnings of a movement of churches from All Peoples Church. In February of 2012, All Peoples hosted its first missions conference, World Mandate West. The turnout was incredible as hundreds gathered from California and Arizona to receive God’s heart for the nations.
From day one, within the DNA of All Peoples has been a desire to plant churches in the United States and throughout the world. All Peoples Church is believing for God to start thousands of churches out of what He is doing in San Diego. With this desire, church planting teams started to form, and people began to dream of how God might use them in the US and in the nations. In 2012, the All Peoples Night School of Transformation was launched as a ministry and discipleship training school for those in full-time vocations.
In the Fall, All Peoples moved a block away to Crawford High School. With Crawford being the most diverse high school in the United States, it gave All Peoples the opportunity to invest in the nations in the surrounding neighborhood. This has given the church opportunities to partner with the school through backpacks and school supplies, Christmas gifts, and teacher appreciation.
2013: Expanding the House
God was moving powerfully, and there was a strong sense that he was going to expand All Peoples Church. In 2013, All Peoples grew not only in attendance but also in corporate gatherings.
- Two Sunday Services (9AM & 11AM)
- Two College Services (SDSU & PLNU)
- Missionaries and workers in Brazil, Thailand, India, and the Middle East
Today: Moving Forward
Where All Peoples is today and where we’re going all began with hearing God and responding to His voice. We know that God’s heart is to reach more and more people with the message of Jesus. We continue to seek God’s direction for the future and we would love for you to be a part of the story!