If you’re a visitor to our church — whether from out of town or from our community, from another church or from no church — we’re very excited that you’ve come to worship and fellowship with us! What is expected of you as our guest? You can choose to participate fully or just observe. If you would like, please complete a Visitor Card found on the back of one of the chairs and place it in the offering plate or give it to one of the members.
We want to give you a friendly welcome; the members of the congregation range from infants to senior citizens, families, singles, widowed, and college students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds but committed to knowing and serving God. Our goal is to treat you as we would want to be treated (Matthew 7:12).
We have Bible-based classes. Each Sunday morning at 9 AM and each Wednesday evening at 7 PM Bible classes are offered for ages 6 months (Sundays) through high school as well as college age and adults. Each class is 45 minutes and is directed by a skilled and dedicated teacher. Although lesson booklets, the Internet and PowerPoint may be used, the emphasis is always on the Bible. The fourth (and, if applicable, the fifth) Wednesday of each month is dedicated to congregational singing.
Our Sunday services begin at 10 AM and 5 PM and last about an hour
- Praying: several prayers will be led (1 Timothy 2:1-8).
- Singing: the whole congregation praises God and edifies each other in song without the use of musical instruments (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16), as the church of the New Testament sang. Songs are projected on a screen or found in the hymnal.
- Lord’s Supper: Each Sunday, our members remember and proclaim Christ’s death by eating unleavened bread and drinking fruit of the vine (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34).
- Sermon: Either Derrick Victor or Andrew Lemus, (our two full-time ministers), will preach a Bible-based lesson (Acts 2:42; Romans 10:14) that will last about 30 minutes . Sermons are focused on grace, forgiveness, hope, and the practical application of God’s word to everyday life. The church strives to align faith and practices with the faith of the Bible (Ephesians 4:4,5).
- Offering: Each member contributes to the work of the church (1 Corinthians 16:2). Guests are not expected to contribute.
We offer individual Bible studies to answer the specific questions you may have about God, the Bible, salvation or any other related subject. Throughout the year, additional classes may be offered on marriage, family finance or conflict resolution. You can see some of these classes and ministries HERE.
We look forward to meeting you and to helping you understand God’s will for your life. If you need a ride, please call 619-444-6106 and we’ll make arrangements to help you come worship with us.
The Johnson Avenue church of Christ is a group of Christians who have dedicated themselves to serving God. We are a congregation with the following beliefs:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God
“And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’” Matthew 3:16-17
Belief in the gospel of Jesus, resulting in baptism, is the first step towards salvation
“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”Mark 16:16-17
The Bible is the inspired word of God
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:16-17
Everything we believe, teach, and live should be based on the two great commandments
“And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39
We will have a home in Heaven when we die
“And this is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.” I John 2:25
"And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near." -- Hebrews 10:24-25
We meet every Sunday at 9AM for Bible class and 10AM for worship services. We also meet again on Sundays at 5PM. We have a mid-week Bible class on Wednesday evening at 7PM. Every 4th and 5th Wednesday evening of each month, we have a singing in lieu of Bible class. Everyone is welcome at our services. We’d love to have you come visit and get to know you! Our address is 523 South Johnson Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
The following is the history of the El Cajon/Johnson Avenue Church of Christ, recorded as accurately as possible. If you have any information or corrections, please let us know.
- The El Cajon Church of Christ began meeting in the Huddleston’s small, one-bedroom home on the southwest corner of Johnson Avenue and Chamberlain in the mid 1940s.
- The first known members were the Huddlestons, Hunters, and Richardsons.
- The property at 523 S. Johnson Avenue was purchased in 1946, by brother Huddleston and brother Hunter for the purpose of constructing a building for the congregation.
- The El Cajon congregation officially started on May 19, 1947.
- The first weekly contribution ever recorded was a whopping $5.53!
- The first trustees were J.Bruce Rawls, Albert E. Botts, G.S. Huddleston, L.L.L. Lucas and J.W. Durbin.
- The first preacher was Robert Bell in 1949.
- In 1949, the congregation was meeting in the El Cajon Women’s Club building.
- In April 1951, the congregation began meeting at the Library Building.
- It appears that between 1951 and 1952 there were at least two groups, one meeting in the Carpenter’s Hall on Lexington Avenue and one meeting in the Library Building. During this time, it seems, the groups were divided on where to meet, among other issues. However, according to business meeting notes dated September 14, 1952, unity became an overwhelming priority. Brother Middleton proposed, “to settle matters of division or offenses which prevail between members of the body of Christ, and to forgive one another where there exists cause for grievance.” Unity and forgiveness became top priorities, as they are today. The groups united and grew into the El Cajon Church of Christ as we now know it.
- In 1952, thirteen men pledged $7,500 to provide a place for the congregation to meet. The original building at 523 S. Johnson Avenue was completed in May 1953, under the direction of Glenn Farris. Brother Al Hendrick made arrangements with the Lakeside Bank to borrow $15,000. Each member gave a personal guarantee for the repayment of the loan. The total cost of the building, including pews, was approximately $22,000.
- Elders were first appointed in 1953.
- In 1954, some lots were purchased in Lakeside on Julian Avenue. In 1956, Wallace Thompson and others began the Lakeside Church of Christ. They met in the Kiwanis building until the church building was completed in 1962 or 1963.
- In 1956, the lower classroom wing was added to the Northeast of the auditorium.
- In 1965, the second story classrooms were added.
- In 1970, a preacher training program was begun. Clyde Goff worked with Wayne Timmons until 1972.
- In the early 1970s, three acres were purchased at the corner of Dehesa Road and Granite Hills in East El Cajon for $30,000. After five years, the property was paid off and a meeting was held to determine its use. Everyone liked the current location at Johnson Avenue and did not want to move. One acre was sold for $55,000. In the early 1980s, it was deemed too expensive to build on the property. The El Cajon City Council required us to upgrade the road in front of the property in order to build a church building there. So the remaining two acres were sold for $67,000.
- By 1987, the congregation had grown to approximately 240-280 people. To accommodate the growing numbers, it was decided to remodel the building. The walls separating the two classrooms and baptistry at the east end of the auditorium were removed to allow room for another 100 people in the auditorium. A new baptistry, two offices, a library, and copy room were added on to the east end of the auditorium and a large classroom was added on the second floor. The front of the building was enclosed, and a new restroom was added. The work was overseen by Glenn Farris and Dillard Harwell and was completed in May 1988. This remodel gave the building its current floor plan.
- By 1998, the congregation had grown to over 300 members and continued to increase. Sunday mornings had become standing room only. On January 11, 1998, it was decided to start having two services. The first service was at 8:15 AM, Bible Classes for all in between, then another service at 10:15 AM.
- By the year 2000, the congregation had grown to 350 people. On March 1, 2000, approximately 180 members left to begin a congregation in Santee. They began meeting at the Carlton Oaks Elementary School on Sundays and in smaller groups at members homes on Wednesday nights. The El Cajon congregation had approximately 150 members.
- In April of 2001, the congregation’s first web site was launched.
- By 2003, the congregation had grown to approximately 180 members.
- The Spanish Service began on August 29, 2004. Oscar Velazquez was hired as the preacher for this work. The Spanish group began with just a few Spanish-speaking members meeting at 3:00 PM every Sunday. Oscar’s wife, Jessica, taught the children’s class.
- At the beginning of 2006, the congregation had around 230 members.
- By the middle of 2006, the Spanish group had grown to over 40.
- In August 2010, the congregation was around 300 (combined English and Spanish services)
As with any group of people, there have been good times and difficult times at the Johnson Avenue Church of Christ. Temptations have presented themselves, some have been overcome and some have been yielded to. However, some things have remained consistent throughout the years.
Love of God, the Bible, each other, and forgiveness has always been present. The members of the Johnson Avenue Church of Christ still meet at the same location as the members did back in May 1953. The congregation has been completely self-supporting since its inception, requiring no outside financial support. The focus has been, and always will be, worship of God and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus in our community based solely on the teachings outlined in the Bible.
The following men have served as Elders at the Johnson Avenue Church of Christ
|2017 – Present:||John McConnaughy, Barry Swaim, Keith Vail|
|2013 – 2017:||Scott Anglin, Stan Stout, Keith Vail|
|2011 – 2013:||Scott Anglin, Ray Crume, Rich Morris, Barry Swaim|
|2009 – 2011:||Scott Anglin, Ray Crume, Dillard Harwell, Rich Morris, Barry Swaim, Charlie Swaim|
|2001 – 2008:||Don Channell, Ray Crume, Dillard Harwell, Rich Morris, Barry Swaim, Charlie Swaim|
|2000 – 2001:||Don Channell, Dillard Harwell|
|1999 – 2000:||Don Channell, John Gathercole, Gary Gibson, Dillard Harwell, Richard Martin|
|1998 – 1999:||Don Channell, Gary Gibson, Richard Martin|
|1996 – 1998:||Don Channell, Dawsey Crutchfield, Gary Gibson, Richard Martin|
|1987 – ?:||Dawsey Crutchfield, Richard Forsythe, Bruce Kitt, Frank Makemson, Richard Martin|
|1983 – 1987:||Dawsey Crutchfield, Bruce Kitt, Richard Martin|
|1981 – 1982:||Dawsey Crutchfield, Floyd Goff, Bruce Kitt|
|? – 1981:||Floyd Goff, Bruce Kitt|
|1965 – ?:||No elders|
|1962 – 1965:||Al Hendrick, Bruce Kitt|
|1961 – 1962:||Hersh Begley, Archie Goff, Al Hendrick, Bruce Kitt|
|1957 – 1961:||Archie Goff, Al Hendrick, Vince Gipson|
|1954 – 1957:||No elders|
|1953 – 1954:||Earl Bassett, Al Hendrick, Vince Gipson|
|1952 – 1953:||Al Hendrick, Vince Gipson, L. L. L. Lucas|