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Our Story
Since 1884, Santa Cruz Bible Church has been an evolving community of faith determined to reach Santa Cruz with the hope of Christ. Originally the First Christian Church of Santa Cruz, the church name changed to Santa Cruz Bible Church in 1986. The church became nationally known in the 1990s through Chip Ingram and his Living on the Edge radio ministry.

Expanding the vision…
With our current property purchased in 1957 and buildings completed in 1999, our location in the heart of midtown Santa Cruz is seen every day by hundreds of people walking the Arana Gulch loop. Our food pantry has become the second-largest food distribution center in Santa Cruz County. Through our relationships with our community and our local and global partnerships, our love for our city is also seen by people in Santa Cruz every day.

Where we are headed…
Since Matt Roden joined as pastor in early 2021, the church adopted a new vision to become a place of “Hope for Everyone.” We believe this not only illustrates the heart of Jesus for Santa Cruz but gives us the opportunity to leave our comfort zones and live out the Gospel in new and exciting ways. With a great legacy of faith behind us, we move into the future with anticipation. We can’t wait to see what God does next.

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