Greater Logan Heights is one of San Diego’s most historically significant, ethnically diverse, and densely populated urban areas. It consists of six distinct yet similar neighborhoods — Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Memorial, Sherman Heights, Grant Hill, and Stockton.
Located just east and south of San Diego’s downtown, Greater Logan Heights has been home to many of the city’s newcomers, laborers, and servicemen since the late 1800’s. Today, it is also San Diego’s youngest urban area with a diverse blend of 40,000 Hispanics, Blacks, and Whites and with a dynamic mix of industry, art, commerce, and housing.
Established in the mid-19th century, Greater Logan Heights has welcomed successive waves of German, Japanese, African-American, and Mexican newcomers that established and fueled many of the San Diego’s most significant industries. The area has also been home to the city’s shipyards, a U.S. naval base, and countless servicemen since the end of World War I.
6 DISTINCT NEIGHBORHOODS WITH A DIVERSE BLEND OF HISPANICS, BLACKS, & WHITES
HIGHEST NUMBER OF CHILDREN PER CAPITA & A MEDIAN AGE OF 27, MAKING IT SAN DIEGO’S YOUNGEST URBAN AREA
40,000 RESIDENTS, MAKING IT ONE OF SAN DIEGO’S MOST DENSELY POPULATED URBAN AREA
Despite all this, Greater Logan Heights became one the city’s most racially segregated, economically depressed, and criminally exploited urban areas for most of the last century due to discriminatory housing and business laws. In recent years, however, the community has begun experiencing renewal and redevelopment, attracting a younger generation of new-comers in search of urban housing, cultural diversity, and business opportunities.
It is here, in the vibrant but underserved community of Greater Logan Heights, that Servant Church of San Diego desires to serve God and others as a Biblically faithful, Christ-centered, and ethnically diverse gathering of God’s redeemed servants.
Servant Church of San Diego’s vision is to have every person, family, and neighborhood in Greater Logan Heights hear the saving gospel of Jesus Christ and experience His transforming grace.
Servant Church of San Diego’s mission is to serve others as we have been served by God’s perfect Servant, Jesus Christ — with the powerful Word of God and grace-filled acts of love, expressed through engaging evangelism, intentional discipleship, neighborhood involvement, and community investment.
God Serves Others — The Bible is the true story of God creating and controlling all things, as well as loving and serving others. Within God Himself, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all mutually love and serve each other. Outside of Himself, God loves and serves us and the rest of His creation by providing, protecting, and promoting life.
God Made Us to Serve Others — God created humans to be like Him, so we were made to love and serve others also. We were made to love and serve God first and above all other things. We were also made to love and serve others above ourselves.
Sin Is Self-Serving — Sin is loving and serving only ourselves by rejecting God and demanding that others serve us. All of us have sinned and are unwilling and unable to perfectly love or serve God or others. God must and will judge and stop our self-serving sin because it causes death and brokenness.
Jesus Perfectly Serves Others — God the Father chose to love and serve us by sending His Son, Jesus, to save us from our sin. The gospel, or "good news," is that Jesus saves us by perfectly loving and serving God and others for us through his life, death, and resurrection. Jesus promises us God’s free love and service if we repent of our sins and trust in him.
God Remakes Us to Serve Others Again — The Holy Spirit recreates us to repent of our sins, trust in Jesus, and love and serve God and others. Through God’s perfect Word and guidance, the Holy Spirit continues to gives us the power and the desire to love and serve God and others. The Holy Spirit also forms and grows us into a community that together loves and serves God and others by sharing the good news and grace of Jesus.
As a mission work of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Servant Church of San Diego also holds to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as a fuller summary of the Bible, its teachings, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lead Planters — Although Chris and Carrie Anne Sandoval come from very different back-grounds, God has uniquely gifted and prepared them both for the hard work of church planting in Greater Logan Heights. Chris is an ordained minister and has eight years of urban church planting experience among multi-cultural and multi-generational communities. Born to Hispanic immigrants, he received his Bachelor of Science from M.I.T. and his Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California. Chris’ love of serving others comes from his parents and grandmother, who modeled hard work and service at home, work, and church. Carrie Anne has actively served in large and small churches since childhood, and has over five years of foreign missions experience helping to train pastors and lay leaders in major cities around the world. Carrie Anne’s love of discipleship and urban church planting blossomed while serving as the foreign missions project manager for one of Atlanta’s largest churches.
Core Planters — God has blessed Servant Church with an amazing and diverse group of “core planters” eager and ready to serve alongside Chris and Carrie Anne. Our team is a healthy mix of adults and children, and includes new and experienced believers at different ages and stages in life and with various ethnicities, vocations, and Christian backgrounds. Our core planters regularly meet to praise God, pray for our community, and prepare for the work God has set before us.
Planting Partners — We consider you part of our team as well. With your support, Chris, Carrie Anne, and the Core Planters of Servant Church look forward to serving our Greater Logan Heights neighbors with the gospel and grace of Jesus Christ.