About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Here's the deal, Mission Bay Community Church cares about one thing more than anything else, the teachings of Jesus Christ. Mission Bay is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, through thinking critically about our faith, having fun and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

Where we come from

Mission Bay Community Church was started in 2001 by a few founding folks and two young pastors. Back then, these folks imagined a church that was truly welcoming to everyone - where everyone had a seat at the table regardless of personal history, family background, ethnicity, sexuality or gender. Mission Bay hosted its first gathering in late 2001.

Where we're headed

What's the bottom line? More than ever, MBCC is committed to fostering a family built around spiritual nourishment and hope. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.

Who is our pastor?

Our pastor is Evangeline Pua. She is currently living in Indonesia and leads our hybrid worship over zoom. Here is her introduction: 

Born as the youngest child, I never had a chance to meet the eldest sibling. I am always wondering how it would be if only my sister was alive. I also had a brother for my first 30 years. Life has been too short for hatred, or holding back myself to love people and the planet. My first decade of church ministry as an ordained minister took place in Indonesia (2006-2016). At the same time, volunteering in some organizations has been my interest as well, including for a multiple sclerosis organization, and a kids' church in Australia during my husband's education.

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Bay Area for the first time, my family has had two male guinea pigs. I have become more sensitive and quiet as noises and sudden movement may give them a heart attack. On May 14, 2023 I touched snakes gently for the first time. 

Those are some glimpses of how I embrace my fear and limitations. I want to make meaning. Life keeps revealing glorious but also ordinary and uninteresting phases. The story of Jochebed is one of the biblical inspirations that makes me move forward. She tries so many ways to nurture baby Moses. She's been really magnificent in hiding him safely from King Pharaoh's hostile agenda of killing all Hebrew baby boys. One day she has no other choice. She knows that she can no longer do what she has been doing. She lets baby Moses go, not because her heart is empty. Instead, she trusts wholeheartedly that God will take care of him. In her hand, the Nile River is turned from a place of death into a stream of hope and courage. Without any weapon, horses and armies, her meekness and faithfulness to God scores a landslide win over the King.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Mission Bay Community Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the MBCC family.

Beyond that, if you're ready to plan your first visit, click here. If you want to learn more about our beliefs as a church, click here. Or if you'd simply like to get in touch with a person on our lead team directly, contact us by phone or email below.