Pioneer Ocean View UCC wasn’t always POV (Pioneer Ocean View) UCC. In fact, at one point Ocean View UCC and Pioneer UCC were their own separate churches with their own congregations, but their values and beliefs were very much the same. In 2004 Pioneer and Ocean View merged to become what is known today as Pioneer Ocean View UCC.
Over 100 years ago the Isseis (first generation Japanese) came to San Diego in 1907. Through tremendous hardships, the Isseis were able to master the English language, adapt to a foreign American culture, and engage in leading a Christian lifestyle, all while honoring the Japanese traditions and values that they carried with them from past generations.
Nearly 100 years after the Isseis came to San Diego, Ocean View UCC (who was looking to relocate), joined with Pioneer UCC (who was looking to expand their congregation), to become one strong congregation in Christ. The merge of the two churches took place over an eight-month period of spiritual guidance and work led by the Pioneer Ocean View UCC Merger Committee: Co-Chair Duane Siefers of Ocean View, Co-Chair Dr. Chuck Tesar of Pioneer, Moderators Brita Tesar and Dr. Yuri Kaneda, and Pastor Norma DeSaegher and Pastor David Hart who all worked tirelessly to make the transition a smooth and successful journey. After many series of luncheons and committee meetings, the final details were worked out and with spiritual guidance and prayer, the two churches merged on July 18, 2004! The first Worship Service was held by Pastor Norma DeSaegher on October 3, 2004. The official Uniting Service was held on October 31, 2004 with guest preacher Rev. Dan Romero. In 2008, Pioneer Ocean View UCC unveiled their newly remodeled sanctuary as a place of worship.
Ocean View UCC and Pioneer UCC each brought their own strengths together to further develop and expand the various styles of worship in our church services. This congregation has expanded to accommodate people of different ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles, who have the desire to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.