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Our Story

Our history actually began in Santa Barbara in 2000, when Christ Presbyterian Church sent Church planter, Roy Bennett to nurture a study group in Ojai into a PCA mission church. By the summer of 2001, a committed team was ready to launch. Christ Church Ojai held its first public worship service on September 9, 2001. In the spring of 2004, a second mission church formed in Ventura and began public worship on January 8, 2006. Christ Church Ojai/Ventura was particularized as a multi-site congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America on June 4, 2006 and Reverend Roy Bennett was installed as the first Pastor. A year later the two mission sites merged into a single congregation meeting for worship as Christ Church Ventura.

What We Value


We believe that the worship of God is the highest activity of believers and deserves our primary devotion as the church. We desire to recover both the centrality of the Word of God preached and the beauty of God-centered worship.


Gods people set apart without a homeland in a culture marked by isolation. We recognize the need to build up believers and aim to do so by means of pastoral care, mercy ministries, home studies, prayer groups, and volunteer service.


We believe the Gospel is the power of God for salvation. The message of our church is that Jesus Christ gives life and enables us to live for him through the gospel. Following Christ is not a religious performance, but is a relational union.


Christ has commissioned his Church to make disciples of people from the among the nations of the earth. We aim to be diligent to this calling in our neighborhoods, work places, schools, activities, and through our missional co-workers.


Where We Are Going

Alive by God’s grace, we aim to know, love, and follow Jesus through historic worship, gospel renewal, genuine community, and global partnership to the end that God’s people are gathered and Christ’s Kingdom is extended throughout the world.

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