Bayside Church (Sacramento region)

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Bayside Church, formally known as Bayside Covenant Church, is a family of churches and venues centered on its primary campus in Granite Bay, California United States, which is referred to as the Granite Bay campus. The church is led by Senior Pastor Ray Johnston, Senior Pastor Curt Harlow and Senior Pastor Andrew McCourt, and Senior Pastor Lincoln Brewster.[1] John Jackson, the former executive pastor at Bayside, became the president of William Jessup University on March 23, 2011.[2] Bayside is one of the largest churches in the Sacramento metropolitan area.[3] It is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church.


Led by Senior Pastor Ted Smith, First Covenant Church of Sacramento planted Bayside Church in 1995, and Ray Johnston was the founding pastor of Bayside. In 2015, First Covenant Church of Sacramento was renamed River City Christian.

Every season, Bayside Church change their message, which currently is "Born for This: Finding Joy in The Journey." and "The Jesus Project" which started in April 2016.[4]

Bayside traces its informal beginnings to 1994, following the suicides of a few local teenagers. Worried that the community didn’t have resources available to serve troubled youth, a group of parents joined together to pray for help. The group soon increased to 164 people and moved to the Granite Bay Tennis Club. An elementary school and high school also housed parishioners before Bayside Church built a permanent facility on 34.6 acres of land on Sierra College Boulevard in 2004.[5]

As of April 2018, the Midtown Sacramento campus (formerly The House Christian Church) holds five Sunday services and one Thursday night service. Each Bayside campus has its own pastor and worship team.[citation needed]

Other churches in the Sacramento region that have the Bayside name and are loosely affiliated with Bayside as the "Bayside Family of Churches" include: Bayside of Woodland, Bayside of Galt, Bayside Church of Citrus Heights, Bayside of South Sacramento (BOSS), Bayside in Galt, Bayside Church of Placerville, Bayside Plumas Lake, and Bayside Life Church in Rancho Cordova.

Sherwood Carthen, founding pastor of Bayside of South Sacramento (January 1, 2005) and chaplain of the Sacramento Kings, died suddenly on September 25, 2013.[6]

In an event called CPR Saturday, American Red Cross volunteers gave cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) lessons for free at Bayside, where completion of the program granted an American Red Cross CPR year-long certification. Nearly 500 people were expected to attend.[7]

Between April and May 2010, the church hosted an exhibit including portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were obtained by Azusa Pacific University in 2009, as well as historical Bibles and other Christian works.[8]

Bayside hosted over one thousand worship leaders, musicians, songwriters, pastors, technicians, and artists at the Thriving Musician Summit in mid-September 2010. The church featured artists Matt Redman, Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster, and Phil Keaggy.[9]

Bayside hosts an annual Thrive Leadership Conference every year where 3,000 pastors and church leaders from many cities come to worship, hear from speakers and be inspired by Bayside volunteers.[citation needed]

Bayside rented the Power Balance Pavilion during the Easter of 2011, attracting a crowd of 17,000 people.[1]

Bayside collaborated with local businesses, to raise money for the relief effort involved with alleviating the devastation caused by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[10]


Bayside has a ministry that caters to special-needs children.[11]

Every year, Bayside hosts a several week-long festival for children called Breakaway. The day camp's activities, which include water games and arts and crafts, attracts around 4,000 children annually.[12]

At the Granite Bay campus, Bayside's middle school ministry is called Unleashed—Unleashed meets twice on Sunday mornings and once Saturday night. The grades include sixth, seventh and eighth grade.

Bayside's High School Ministry is called Unleashed at the Granite Bay campus, which meets on Wednesday nights.[13] Bayside's Outreach organizes trip to impoverished areas of the Mexicali region of Baja California every year during Spring Break on a mission trip. On the 2014 trip, 1,200 teenagers and adults were involved. The team recorded a YouTube video of the trip called "Mexico 2014 (We're Going Down)".[14]

Every month, Bayside sends twenty volunteers to have a picnic at the Serna Village, an apartment complex that supports dozens of otherwise-homeless families.[15]

Bayside Church has a Career Coaching ministry which has helped 1,300 people find jobs in Roseville and Sacramento areas. Bayside has an "Adventure Sports" Ministry - an opportunity for church members to participate in sports from biking and hiking to camping, fishing and hunting.

Bayside has a ministry called Bayside Adventure Sports that uses Adventure Sports to build stronger Faith, Relationships and Bodies. It was launched in 1998 and is a separate California 501c3 for Liability Insurance reasons. There are 20+ sports with over 3,000 people participating in over 400 events every year from easy mountain bike rides to International Expeditions to places like Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro. The motto is "God Created the Earth...Ride it. Climb it. Catch it. Explore it. Protect it".[citation needed]

Bayside's Global Outreach Ministries sends a 100 church members every year to Cambodia, Colombia, India, Kenya and Nigeria to feed the hungry, fight to stop sex-trafficking of teenage girls in Cambodia and provide education to end HIV/AIDS in Kenya.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Toby Lewis (2011). "Bayside Church to hold services at Power Balance Pavilion". The Press Tribune. Gold Country Media. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  2. ^ Laurel Rosenhall (11 March 2011). "Jessup University names pastor as new president". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  3. ^ Jennifer Garza (21 February 2005). "New boss at BOSS". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Bayside Online - Recent Message Series". Bayside Online. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  5. ^ "Bayside Church celebrates its 15th anniversary". Press Tribune. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  6. ^ "Bayside Pastor Sherwood Carthen Dies". Covenant Companion Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  7. ^ Linda Beymer (14 February 2011). "'CPR Saturday' to draw as many as 500". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  8. ^ Chris Macias (11 April 2010). "DEAD SEA SCROLLS - Religious history comes to vibrant life at Granite Bay exhibit - LEGENDARY JEWISH TEXTS, HISTORICAL BIBLES DRAW CROWDS TO BAYSIDE CHURCH". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  9. ^ Queenie Wong (16 September 2011). "Christian music summit in Roseville". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Mikuni's And Roseville Church Unite To Raise Money For Japan". Local News. KCRA-TV. 31 March 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  11. ^ Jennifer Garza (11 May 2010). "With open arms - Churches step up services for special-needs families". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  12. ^ Jennifer Garza (26 May 2010). "Donations will pay the way for special-needs campers". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Students – Senior High – Bayside Church". Bayside Student Ministries. Bayside Church at Granite Bay. 2011. Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  14. ^ Cynthia Hubert (17 March 2010). "BORDER CRIME - Safety worries over Mexico travel - REPORTS OF VIOLENCE PUT CHARITY GROUPS, VACATIONERS ON GUARD". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  15. ^ Stuart Leavenworth (2 December 2007). "Rising from the streets - Serna Village offers successful piece to Sacramento's homeless puzzle". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.

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Coordinates: 38°44′51″N 121°13′30″W / 38.7476°N 121.225°W / 38.7476; -121.225