In the spring of 1960, a small group of believers felt a call to impact the city of Simi Valley with the gospel. Within the first three years of starting First Baptist Church of Simi Valley, they called their first full-time pastor, held weekly Sunday School, morning and evening services in homes and a nearby church building, and created a master plan for their own campus. Through what is now called Converge (the Southwest Baptist Conference) a loan was granted, and many members mortgaged their homes to fund the master plan, which included a 5.2 acre site, five separate units for offices, classrooms, a multi-purpose building and an auditorium. In 1963, the first service was held in a completed building and the campus was dedicated to reaching people for Jesus!
For 60 years, God moved mightily through six Lead Pastors: Cully Olson (1961-1970), Bruce Herrstrom (1971-1974), Wade Mickels (1975-1984), John Ortberg (1985-1990), Myles Gentzkow (1991-1994), and Paul Weir (1996-2020). The name of the church changed three times: First Baptist Church of Simi Valley (1960-1988), Simi Valley Community Church (1989-2015) and finally Simi Community Church (2016). Many services, classes, community groups, local outreach events, and mission trips have all cultivated an atmosphere of love for God, a love for the people God created and a burden for the lost. Even though spiritual and numerical growth have ebbed and flowed through the years, our ultimate goal remains the same: to “live and love like Jesus”.