In the summer of 1980, after serving in various ministries as a youth pastor, evangelist, and in Christian education, Pastor Dave Jones had a burden to plant a church in the South Bay area of San Diego County. He and his wife Mary would pray for God’s leading and direction on their way to the old Otay Baptist Church where he was the youth pastor. It was during these times of prayer that the Lord also impressed upon him to further help the youth by building their parents -- as a lead pastor in the South Bay community.
On November 16, 1980, with three families totaling a little over a dozen people, Dave Jones held his first service at what was then called Gospel Light Tabernacle, renting a facility at the Masonic Lodge in Chula Vista. His wife played the piano, he preached, and the birth of an outreach in a unique and difficult area of San Diego County became a reality. Throughout the week, on their way to church, Dave and Mary would pray at the Highway 54 (then known as South Bay Freeway) and Interstate 805 interchange, for the Lord to provide, in that area, a new location for the church. In one year, the church was able to acquire a property in National City, at the exact exit off the freeway where he had prayed to plant a church. The name of the church was changed to Gospel Light Bible Church. A few years later, the church needed more space for their developing Christian school, and down below their current location was an eight-acre lot of undeveloped land. Through a number of miracles, involving no money and limited manpower, the land was acquired and a new facility was built in the fall of 1994. In time, Pastor Dave realized that the community this church would reach extended beyond the immediate neighborhood. In order to reflect this, on April 7, 1997, the church’s name was changed to South Bay Community Church.
South Bay Community Church now averages about 150 people in attendance. The church draws individuals of different ages and ethnic backgrounds including Hispanic, Caucasian, African-American, Filipino, Guamanian, Samoan, Hawaiian, and more – a reflection of the diverse population of the South Bay.