Isla Vista Church began in 2002 with a heart to reach a city full of college students with the love of Jesus.
Isla Vista Church began in 2002 with a heart to reach a city full of college students with the love of Jesus. After obtaining a ministry house in the middle of Del Playa Dr. (an ocean front street infamous for its weekend party scene), a group of young people began to meet together on Sunday mornings in the front yard of the house to have a church service.
Over the years, IVC has gone through many transitions (a lot of different meeting locations, house churches, various ministry homes, countless leaders coming and going), but there are a few things that have always remained – a Monday night prayer meeting, a heart to love Jesus and people, and a desire to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the people of Isla Vista.
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Our main outreach ministry, Jesus Burgers, came out of this desire, and has been going strong since 2002. We faithfully pass out around 200 free hamburgers to hungry party-goers every Friday night with a mission to love on them and bless them, expecting nothing in return. The city has grown to love and deeply appreciate this ministry.
Community living is another staple for IVC, as we have had a number of community homes over the years. The city of Isla Vista, a very densely packed one-square mile of approximately 20,000 people (mostly students), lends well to community. Everyone bikes and skateboards around town, and most homes enjoy an open-door policy to just about everyone. Isla Vista has a very laid back atmosphere as a college beach / surf town.