Who We Are

At Emmanuel Faith Community Church we love God and people. We are honored to be the home church of a few thousand Jesus-followers in North San Diego County. Our welcoming church family includes a variety of ages, stages and ethnicities, with ministries designed to help people walk in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus.

Founded in 1939 in Escondido, California, our name encapsulates who we are:


The core of our belief is that God is with us. He is a loving, personal God who cares deeply for every human being.


We believe that Jesus Christ is God who came to earth in human form to reveal God’s love for us and willingly pay the price for our sin by dying on a cross. He rose three days later to conquer death so that anyone who believes in Him can fully live in a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe.


Our heart is for our community. We strive to share Christ’s love with those around us in both spiritual and practical ways.


We are the body of Christ. We provide support and encouragement through life groups, a wide variety of ministries and by providing opportunities for people to serve others. We love to gather together to worship the Lord through prayer, music and the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.

As an elder-led church, we base our teachings on God’s Scripture and its central figure, Jesus Christ. We believe the Scriptures are God’s instructions to us and should be obeyed and embraced.

Because it is the believer’s privilege and personal mission to carry the gospel of Christ to others, EFCC is also a missionally-focused church. People are encouraged to share the love of Christ with those in our community and around the world. EFCC continues to send out many full-time outreach workers around the globe and is committed to providing short-term, cross-cultural outreach experiences for those within our church body.

Our Core Values

(1) The Bible is God’s Word, relevant and sufficient for every generation. Therefore, we will follow the Scriptures as our only rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)

(2) Worship is God’s desire from his people. Therefore, we will respond to God’s presence with us in all of life’s circumstances. (Exodus 20:4-6; 1 Peter 2:9; John 4:23; Colossians 3:23; 1 Corinthians 10:31)

(3) Fellowship is God’s method for connecting his family. Therefore, we will participate in a “life-sharing” group in which spiritual growth is nurtured, loving care is practiced and godly relationships are developed. (Acts 2:42, 44-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; John 13:34-35; and Ephesians 1:5)

(4) Spiritual maturity is God’s design for every believer. Therefore, we will strive to grow in Christ-like love and care for each other, serving in our area of spiritual giftedness. (Ephesians 4:13-16; Colossians 1:28-29)

(5) Evangelism is God’s “heartbeat.” Therefore, we will lovingly proclaim the gospel locally and internationally. (1 Timothy 2:4; Luke 19:10; John 3:17; 2 Peter 3:9)

(6) Prayer releases God’s power for ministry. Therefore, we will pray regularly for God to transform lives through the ministry of EFCC. (Colossians 1:11; Ephesians 3:16; Exodus 17:8-13; Ephesians 6:18-20)

Our Beliefs

We firmly believe the historical doctrines of Christianity as they are revealed in the Scriptures. CLICK HERE for our current Statement of Faith, which is also available in the church’s Constitution & Bylaws document.

This fall (September-October 2020) we will be considering adopting a revised Statement of Faith. CLICK HERE now to review the proposed and current Statements of Faith on our new Statement of Faith page.

Below is a brief summary of our current Statement of Faith:

We believe the Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings and authoritative for daily living.

We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his substitutionary death for our sins, and his bodily resurrection from the grave.

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by practice, and are in need of personal regeneration by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who have so trusted Christ as their Savior are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God, and enabled to live godly lives through submission to Him and dependence on Him.

We believe in the personal, bodily, and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ both to judge and to establish His kingdom reign on earth. We believe that, at death, the souls of believers pass immediately into the joyful presence of Jesus Christ while the souls of unbelievers experience anguish apart from God. It is our sincere desire and prayer that all people may experience the assurance of forgiveness and eternal life that comes to those who have trusted the Savior.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people at which point unbelievers will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord while believers in Jesus will enjoy eternal life and reign with God in the new heaven and new earth.

Click here to view our full current Statement of Faith.

A Brief Church History

In October 1939, Rev. Earl Morgan launched Emmanuel Faith Community Church at Central Elementary School in Escondido. Over 200 men, women and children attended this first church meeting.

EFCC’s first full worship services took place in the Women’s Club House that stood at Grand Avenue and Broadway. As the love of God poured out from the congregation into the community, the growing church family later moved to a new church property at 7th and Maple in Escondido. Within a couple decades, the ministry at the church continued to expand, and more and more people flocked to the church that was becoming well-known for its strong teaching of the Scriptures.

In 1971, Pastor Coy Maret, who shepherded the church from 1944 to 1971, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony at our current campus at 639 E. 17th Avenue in Escondido. Later, under the wise and loving care of Dr. Richard Strauss, senior pastor from 1972 to 1993, and Pastor Jim Welch, the church continued to grow, reaching thousands in our community along with an expanding global outreach ministry.

Pastor Dennis Keating stepped into the role of senior pastor in 1993. He continued the tradition of strong scriptural teaching with an emphasis on outreach globally and locally within our community. When Pastor Dennis decided to step down, an extensive pastoral search brought us our current Lead Pastor, Ryan Paulson, in August 2019.

Pastor Ryan was EFCC’s college pastor from 2007-2012, and was the Lead Pastor at South Fellowship Church in Colorado (2012-2019).

Ryan, who is married to Kelly and has three children, loves to creatively communicate the timeless truths of the Scriptures in a relevant and culturally engaging way. He is convinced that the local church is the hope of the world and has dedicated his life to preaching the gospel and building disciples of Christ. CLICK HERE to read Pastor Ryan’s bio.