GET TO KNOW OVC
OCEAN VIEW CHURCH exists to GLORIFY GOD by helping people find and fully follow JESUS.
LUV'N THE SOUTH BAY
Founded in 1947, then Midway Baptist Church, spent its first decades in Imperial Beach. Midway's founding Pastor, BB Garrison, had a heart for the South Bay community and a passion to share Jesus with this city. In 1974 he passed that mission and passion off to a young preacher named Jim Baize who pastored Midway for more than 40 years and oversaw dramatic growth and the construction of our current primary campus on Palm Avenue just a block east of the Palm Trolley. Then, Midway Baptist Church underwent a name change in 2010 to Ocean View Church. Then in 2015, Pastor Steve Boschen, who had been serving as the executive pastor since 2007, was called to be the lead pastor and to continue the legacy of loving the South Bay in the name of Jesus through OVC.
MEET PASTOR STEVE
As the Lead Pastor of OVC, Steve provides leadership and guidance for the church and its ministries as God leads him with the greater vision.
PASTOR STEVE AND CHRISTA BOSCHEN
Over the years Steve has pastored in all areas of ministry and with all ages. Steve is a passionate Bible teacher and disciple maker at heart. He is a master at delivering dynamic and creative illustrations along with memorable power statements and catch phrases.
He and his wife Christa have personally discipled close to 50 full-time missionaries, pastors and vocational ministers. He has served on multiple ministry boards including missions, youth, sports outreach, and church leadership organizations.
Steve became the Lead Pastor at OVC in 2015 after having been the Executive Pastor for 7 years. His wife, Christa, serves as the Executive Director of Ministries, her deep love for Jesus overflows in the ministries and leadership she oversees. She especially loves serving alongside and discipling the women in our church. Christa also works alongside the LifeWay Women’s Event Team (headquartered in Nashville, TN) as they minister and equip women in leadership and the church all over the globe.
They have two sons and a daughter in-law. Nathan and Ryan are both serving the Lord in full-time ministry work. Savanna, the newest member of the family is investing in the next generation as a High School Biology teacher.
His five loves are: 1. Serving his Lord 2. Loving his wife
3. Celebrating his family 4. Fishing for men 5. Fishing for fish.
WHO IS THE CHURCH?
WE ARE THE CHURCH!
EVERY MEMBER A MINISTER
At OVC, we believe that WE ARE THE CHURCH! Scripture teaches us in Ephesians 4:11-16 that it is the "saints," the entire Body of Christ, that is to do "the work of ministry," not just the pastor. At OVC we say every member is a minister. That means that we are all commissioned by The Great Commission to be ambassadors for Christ wherever we go. This certainly applies to our lives outside of the church campus, but even more as a direct member of the Body of Christ. The overwhelming majority of OVC's ministries are staffed by volunteers, Christ-followers who understand that it is their calling to serve those around them by serving Him (Jesus) to everyone possible.
If you are ready to find out what it takes to jump into God's calling for you at OVC, submit our volunteer interest form and a ministry leader will reach out to you.
We believe the Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God and our final authority for all Christian faith and life.
We are committed to expressing our love to God in all that we say, think, and do because He is worthy of all honor and praise.
We pray depending on God with confidence and expectance. We believe that prayer is the decisive blow in spiritual warfare, and ministry is the act of harvesting the results.
Evangelism – We strive to reach the lost, unchurched, irreligious, disillusioned, and skeptical with the gospel of Jesus Christ so they will see, hear, and understand what it means to be a child of the Living God. Edification – We lead believers into a deeper personal walk with God through worship, prayer, Biblical instruction, and ministry involvement. Equipping – We seek to multiply ourselves by mobilizing competent, surrendered, and Christ-centered champions to minister the Word of God to the world.
AUTHENTIC & LOVING
Compassion and Caring – We love unconditionally, listen with sensitivity, and assist the poor, sick, unlearned, addicted, lonely, helpless, and hurting. Community – We believe accountability, a sense of belonging, personal care, and spiritual growth happen best with relationally connected believers.
Practical Teaching – We focus on addressing the needs of people in ways they consider "helpful." We adapt our ministry to current needs and trends in American life, without compromising Biblical absolutes. Diversity – We celebrate the differences found in the South Bay and are a church for all peoples.
We believe that every believer is called into full time ministry by God and we are intent on taking the Gospel of Christ across the street and around the world.