Alpine Christian Fellowship
Alpine Christian Fellowship started in October 1990 by Pastor Ed Gross with a vision to plant a church in the beautiful mountain communities of East San Diego. The church held it's first worship services in the auditorium of Joan McQueen Middle School, which later became Shadow Hills Elementary School. Ed pastored the church until 1998 when God called him to train pastors as part of an international church planting ministry.
Pastor Ray DuVal, who served as the church's associate pastor from 1996-1998, was called at this time to become the new lead pastor of ACF. With a growing need for larger church facilities, ACF began a journey to purchase and develop an 11 acre property located at the I-8 Harbison Canyon & Dunbar exit. After an extensive building and renovation project, ACF officially moved its services and ministries onto their new home in time to celebrate Easter in 2003.
Since acquiring their new facility, ACF's ministries have expanded to include community small groups, along with a wide range of family and outreach ministries - with a desire to glorify God, equip believers, and reach the lost. In 2015, after nearly 20 years of pastoring ACF, Ray prayerfully initiated a pastoral succession plan with support and participation from the entire church body. Through this process, the church called Sherwood Patterson to become ACF's third and new lead pastor, beginning January 2016.