Our Story

We're a church defined by grace

If we could grasp the revolutionary aspect of grace, what would our lives look like?

Many people come to believe if they could just be good and try harder, then perhaps they would be loved and accepted by God. This is not the message of the Gospel. Scripture says God loves sinners. There's nothing we can do to earn His unconditional love and acceptance. This is grace.

We're a church made up of people who come from all kinds of experiences, stories, and brokenness—but, we have embraced the grace of Jesus Christ in our lives. 


From our beginnings, we've been about communicating the grace of God locally and globally. ENCOUNTER began under the name of Bible Fellowship Church in a home here in Ventura by a group of local families in 1953 who gathered to pray, study, and share the vision of reaching the community with the grace of Jesus Christ. 

We moved in to what is now The PLEX in 1967, and in 1999 added the Auditorium where ENCOUNTER meets today. Our church is not connected to any official denomination. We are Gospel-centered and intergenerational. Learn more about what we believe here

Dr. Daniel Hahn began his ministry here in 2000 and became the Lead Pastor in 2007.

We're looking forward to seeing how God's grace story unfolds in your life.