OAKIES, ARKIES & TEXANS
In 1948, the San Diego Director of Missions was concerned there wasn't a Southern Baptist Church in North County, which could reach military personnel from the South. He placed flyers on every car with a southern license plate and placed an ad in the paper encouraging any “Oakie, Arkie or Texan” missing home to visit his Bible study. The gathering was affectionately called the Home Church, which met weekly in Oddfellows Hall on Mission and Hill Street.
Service Memorial Southern Baptist was officially granted its status on October 26th, 1951. That same year, the first sanctuary, now called "Digital Generation," was completed on the East side of our campus. By 1964, the church needed a bigger meeting space as God greatly increased their numbers. Within a year, they built our current sanctuary on the West side of campus. In 1972 an education wing was added, bridging the two buildings.
Over the years, the church was dynamic and thriving until it could no longer adapt to a changing neighborhood. By the early 2000’s, the congregation consisted of a small group of committed believers over the age of 55; but, they didn’t loose hope. Pastor Ben Ferrell led them in faith to prepare for what God would do next. During this time, Pastor Ben met young Shawn Beaty, the pastor of the young church plant, North Hills. North Hills Church was largely made up of college aged members, who didn't have a building to call home. After a year of praying and planning, the two churches merged with a formal wedding ceremony in 2006. Service Memorial Southern Baptist and North Hills Church became a unified body of Christ followers called Generation Church.
We are committed to church planting, revitalization and the raising up of leaders and pastors. Generation is passionate about planting, sponsoring and training church planters in multiple locations.