ROGO stands for Real with Ourselves, God and Others, the founding mission and vision of Sandals Church.
65% of churches in America are plateaued or declining, thousands of churches close each year and 59% of millennials that were raised in the church have dropped out.
We exist to replant dying churches. We do this by developing the two critical components of healthy churches; the people that lead them and the places where they gather. We merge with struggling churches, remodel and upgrade the facilities, and implement our proven ministry leadership model so that their legacies can continue with our resources and support. We also plant Sandals Church campus locations to further reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Sandals Church – Established 1997
In 1997, Pastor Matt Brown had a dream to plant a church where people could be real with themselves, God and others. He shared this dream with his boss and left that meeting without a job. Soon after, Matt moved to Riverside with his wife Tammy and their infant daughter with the desire and drive to share Christ with anyone that would listen.
That summer, Matt and Tammy met in their living room with eight other people, including Matt and Tammy’s nine-month-old daughter, to begin the process of planting what is now Sandals Church. Nearly ten years after the first living room meeting, the congregation of Sandals Church surpassed 2,000 people, a few years later 5000 and today Sandals Church is a growing multi-site church serving an average of 12,000 people every weekend across all campuses – 5,263 people attending weekly at Hunter Park, our Broadcast Campus and including a fast-growing online campus which serves 25,000 people each week.Watch the full story
God is moving at Sandals Church
Leaders are developed through our Leadership School and Residency programs.
Our Leadership School launched in 2015 to develop leaders who live out the Sandals Church vision of authenticity. We have selected sixteen ministry partners and hired 44 staff members from the 122 graduates and we have 44 currently in the fifth cohort which kicked off January 11, 2020. We are already planning for our sixth cohort which starts in September 2020.
"Through the ROGO School program, I became confident in the person that God created me to be. "Read full story
Megan JonesThrough the ROGO School program, I became more confident in the person that God created me to be. In all areas, my giftings, my personality, my emotions; they were all intentionally created by God to reflect his personality to the world. Once I was able to recognize and work in these areas, it was so freeing and empowering.
“ROGO school has changed my life in many ways! I’ve learned such valuable wisdom from my church’s leaders and my mentor."Read full story
Delon AndersonROGO school has changed my life in many ways! I’ve learned such valuable wisdom from my church’s leaders and my mentor. I’ve made awesome friends through ROGO school and seen them shine in the different ways they love and serve the church. Through ROGO school, I was hired on as a worship leader for our church- which is my dream job! Everything I’ve learned has helped and continues to help me to be a better employee, leader, Christian, person. I love it!
The Residency Program was created to further develop experienced campus pastors and worship leaders to be ready when God calls them to one of our new campuses. Our residency program currently has two campus pastors and two worship leaders in the program.
Steve is a worship pastor, worship leader, team builder, shepherd, record producer of over 40 albums, a consultant, songwriter, fundraiser, and church planter and has worked extensively in church environments.Read full story
Steve DealSteve is a worship pastor, worship leader, team builder, shepherd, record producer of over 40 albums, a consultant, songwriter, fundraiser, and church planter and has worked extensively in church environments. He has been a part of the C3 Church movement in Sydney, Atlanta, GA and Asheville, NC. Steve studied at C3 College studying songwriting and worship leading and another year at the C3 school of church planting. He also found success in the music industry in Australia with a #1 Country album. He loves rugby, Mexican food, songwriting, building worship teams and creating environments where people meet and worship Jesus.
Bek has been a part of the C3 Church movement in Sydney, Atlanta, GA and Asheville, NC. She served as a worship leader at the C3 campus at Oxford Falls, as well as the Worship Pastor/Music Director at the C3 city campus.Read full story
Bek DealBek has been a part of the C3 Church movement in Sydney, Atlanta, GA and Asheville, NC for nearly 20 years. She served as a worship leader at the C3 campus at Oxford Falls, a church of 6000 members as well as the Worship Pastor/Music Director at the C3 city campus, overseeing multiple bands, vocal teams, sound and tech teams. Bek studied for 3 years at C3 College at Oxford Falls in Sydney, attaining an advanced Diploma in modern ministry. Bek has shared the stage worshipping with Darlene Zchech, Martin Smith, Kari Jobe, and Israel Houghton as well as singing on several movie soundtracks and acting and singing on national TV campaigns, she also had a #1 Worship album in Australia, but her heart is for leading worship and building the church. Bek loves making new friends, running, cooking, songwriting and finding great new music.
Jonothan has a background in ministry and twelve years of experience working with the local and international church.Read full story
Jonathon MillenJonothan has a background in church ministry and twelve years of experience working with the local and international church. He was the Lead Children's Pastor at Faith Assembly Summerville, South Carolina before moving to Beijing International Church in China to serve as the Kids and Family Pastor. After serving in China, Jonathon accepted a role as the Executive Pastor at Timber Creek Church in Lufkin, TX. In 2018, Jonathan and his wife Kim felt the call to move to Riverside, California to join the ROGO Foundation as the first Campus Pastor resident. Less than two months later, Jonathon launched Sandals Church in Eastvale and currently serves as the Campus Pastor. Jonathan lives in Riverside with his wife and two children, Levi and Lexi.
Brian has a background in educational administration and sixteen years of teaching experience in special education.Read full story
Brian BursonBrian has a background in educational administration and 16 years of teaching experience in special education as an Educational Specialist. He has worked on the pastoral staff at Applegate Christian Fellowship in Southern, Oregon as well as church planting in the Portland area. He was the administrative and midweek teaching pastor at Wildwood Calvary Chapel in Yucaipa, CA. Brian has worked 13 years in vocational pastoral ministry, with experience in Bible teaching, counseling, officiating funerals and weddings, budget oversite, and oversite of a variety of church ministries. Brian has a passion for the Word of God, the people of God, as well as bringing hope to people out of the ashes of their brokenness. He loves the outdoors, travel, reading, hiking, cycling, walking his dog, and drinking coffee while watching the Tour de France. Brian and his wife Tracy live in Yucaipa, California with their two daughters, Ashlynn and Amber.
Ensuring that the local church is preserved and thriving for future generations.
REVITALIZATION AND CHURCH PLANTS
An average, four churches reach out to the ROGO Foundation every month, regarding a potential merger or seeking help resolving challenges related to reaching the next generation, culture, vision, and leadership. God has blessed our efforts with eight church mergers in the past four years. In addition to three campus plants; we’ve received one donated church property.
Amethyst Bible ChurchLaunched December 2015
Sandals Church East Valley
- Weekly attendance before merge 65
- Current weekly attendance 758
Renewal Christian FellowshipLaunched March 2017
Sandals Church Moreno Valley
- Weekly attendance before merge 70
- Current weekly attendance 542
Palm Baptist ChurchLaunched April 2018
Sandals Church Palm Ave
- Weekly attendance before merge 40
- Current weekly attendance 1134
Northpoint Christian FellowshipLaunched April 2018
Sandals Church San Bernardino
- Weekly attendance before merge 99
- Current weekly attendance 398
New Hope FellowshipLaunched July 2018
Sandals Church Banning
- Weekly attendance before merge 15
- Current weekly attendance 269
Lakeside FellowshipLaunched September 2018
Sandals Church Lake Arrowhead
- Weekly attendance before merge 45
- Current weekly attendance 243
New Life Community ChurchLaunched February 2020
Sandals Church Fresno
- Weekly Attendance 200
Sandals Church WoodcrestLaunched September 2012
- Current weekly attendance 1200
Sandals Church EastvaleLaunched May 2019
- Current weekly attendance 195
Sandals Church MenifeeLaunched September 2019
- Weekly attendance 371
Emmanuel Baptist ChurchMerged January 2020
- Launching Fall 2020
Calvary Baptist Church OntarioProperty Donation
- Donated to Sandals Church