After moving back down to Southern Orange County after college I was looking for a church where my (then) fiancée, Christa and I could call home. We were coming from a solid biblical education and a local church at Biola University. We were searching for a church that had strong expository preaching. We wanted to join a congregation of people who lovingly go out of their way to welcome anyone who comes to worship. We desired the musical worship to be God-centered and full of theological and biblical truth. I had visited several South Orange County churches but none of them had all these qualities. Christa heard about Christ Community Church in Laguna Hills and encouraged me to attend. The next Sunday, I visited CCCLH alone, but was so warmly welcomed that I hardly noticed that I came alone. As I tried to quietly sneak in and observe this church, I saw Ralph Van Peursem greeting people. I was a little shocked to see a line of people waiting to receive from him what he was giving -not pamphlets but kisses! Ralph stopped me, hugged me, and got to know me a little. He found out that I was alone and introduced me to several other people in the congregation. I felt so welcomed.
Once the service began, Pastor Adam and the worship team sang a wonderful mixture of modern and traditional songs. After that, Ric preached and taught the Word with beautiful care, passion and clarity. My heart was sold. The next week, I brought Christa to visit the church with me.
Christa and I are married now and attend Christ Community Church regularly. At CCCLH, we feel like we have a family. And where family is, there too is home.