Shadow Mountain Community Church

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Shadow Mountain Community Church
Coordinates: 32°48′15.84″N 116°54′18.63″W / 32.8044000°N 116.9051750°W / 32.8044000; -116.9051750
CountryUnited States
DenominationSouthern Baptist Convention
DivisionCalifornia Southern Baptist Convention
Senior pastor(s)David Jeremiah

Shadow Mountain Community Church is an evangelical Christian megachurch affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and located in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego. The church celebrated its centennial in 2009.


The first meeting was held in 1909.[1] The church was founded in San Diego in 1912 as Scott Memorial Baptist Church, in memory of U.S. Army chaplain Winfield Scott.[2] As SMBC grew, Scott Memorial East was established in El Cajon on Greenfield Drive. It was later renamed Shadow Mountain Community Church. The original Scott Memorial Baptist Church in North Park became Scott Memorial Community Church, then Grace Community Church. For 25 years the church was led by senior pastor and best-selling author Tim LaHaye.[3] David Jeremiah succeeded LaHaye as senior pastor in 1981; in 1982 he launched an international radio and television ministry called Turning Point Ministry.

In 2014, the Shadow Mountain Church purchased the former Grace Community Church in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego and made it into an auxiliary campus.[4][5] As of April 2017 the church has six auxiliary campuses: one in El Cajon, two in San Diego, one in Encinitas, one in Chula Vista, and one in Alpine.[6]


The main ministry of Shadow Mountain Community Church is their Sunday service, regularly bringing in over 10,000 people a week.[citation needed] Another large ministry is "Mountain High Kids," the children's ministry. It is run by about a dozen full-time employees, and about 100 volunteers. Other ministries for minors include the "CREW" middle school ministry and "The Gathering" high school ministry. The church also has multiple foreign-language ministries, including a Spanish-speaking ministry, a Filipino congregation, an Iraqi ministry, and several others.

Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah records his sermons for his radio program called Turning Point here.


  1. ^ "About Us". Shadow Mountain Ministries. December 11, 2007. Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-05. ...since 1909 when a retired Civil War Captain, Chaplain Winfield Scott, held his first meeting.
  2. ^ "Scott's life an example for today". East Valley Tribune. Tempe, Arizona. October 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Domenico, Roy P.; Hanley, Mark Y. (2006). Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics. Greenwood Press. p. 318. ISBN 0-313-33889-2.
  4. ^ Batterson, David (June 9, 2014). "Shadow Mountain church sets up in Hillcrest". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Grace Campus". Shadow Mountain Community Church. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Shadow Mountain campuses". Shadow Mountain Community Church website. Retrieved 28 January 2015.

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