My first experience with Promise Keepers was at Anaheim Stadium in 1994 (seen here, before becoming a baseball only stadium).
It was an experience that I can still remember and it was when God really showed me the importance and the power of men who come together to pray and hold each other accountable. Since 1994 I think I have been to 4 other Promise Keeper events, either to attend or photograph.This past weekend Promise Keepers was back in San Diego at SDSU‘s Viejas Arena. The last time I was at there it was for the Rock Church Easter Service in 2007. It was fun to wander around underneath, hard to believe it was 5 years ago since I was last there.Volunteers getting their assignmentsIt was a blessing to help Promise Keepers document this year’s conference in San Diego. It was their last event for the year and it finished well. Promise Keepers might not be filling 60,000+ seat stadiums right now, but I was exciting to see what God was doing. They are trying to equip and encourage the men of the church. Young and old and everything in between! Calling them Out to be Men of God…in their marriages, families, churches, work places and communities. There is talk of Promise Keepers coming back through San Diego next year. If they do, I will be there! What a blessing!
Rock North County had their first “official” Sunday service in their new home on Sunday. For many of the faithful who have been serving, since before Coastline, I could see a collective sense of relief. All those Sundays of setting up and then tearing down were over.
One of the blessings of being part of the photographers at the Rock is we get to see things on behalf of the rest of the body. We really are the eyes of the body. We get to document in photographs what God is doing at the Rock, and in a way, we become historians as well.
Rock Church 1st Sunday! ~ February 27, 2000
For me, it’s an added blessing to see what God has done in North County, because I am blessed to be part of the North County family.
So as the Rock begins a new season of ministry, of spreading Pervasive Hope to every nook and cranny of San Diego and beyond…it’s only fitting to share some photos of the Rock’s journey that has lead to the opening of the North County Campus
Last Rock Sunday at SDSU Montezuma Hall ~ November 2004
1st Sunday at Ruffin Rd ~ November 21, 2004
1st Rock Satellite Campus: Rock Amplified ~ 2006
There are probably a few folks at the Rock who don’t know that the North County Campus was preceded by the Rock’s first attempt at having a satellite campus, affectionately known as Rock Amplified. Rock Amplified was held at an elementary school 2 blocks from the Ruffin location. It quickly became a refuge for families with young children and those wanting a smaller more intimate Rock experience. With the move to Liberty Station, the Rock wanted everyone focused and together under one roof…
Pastor John Gross, leading Rock Amplified
Last Sunday at Ruffin Rd ~August 19, 2007
1st Sunday at Liberty Station ~ August 26, 2007Rock North County 1st Sunday at Coastline ~ June 13, 2010
Rock Kids North County ~ Ready to Move…
Last Sunday Rock North County at Coastline ~ March 4, 2012
Rock North County is just the beginning of what’s next for the Rock…Praise God!