ROGO stands for Real with Ourselves, God and Others, the founding mission and vision of Sandals Church.

70% 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.

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God is moving at Sandals Church


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Fastest growing church in America in 2019

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Of weekend attenders are under 35 years old

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People were baptized in 2019

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Leaders are developed through our Leadership School and Residency programs.

Rogo School

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.


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Ray Alva|Class of 2019

"I can honestly say that enrolling in ROGO School and being accepted last year was an experience I will never forget."

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Delon Anderson|Class of 2018

“ROGO school has changed my life in many ways! I’ve learned such valuable wisdom from my church’s leaders and my mentor."

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Rogo Residency

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. 


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Steve Deal|Worship Leader

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.

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Bek Deal|Worship Leader

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.

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Jeff Whye|Online Campus Pastor

Before coming to Sandals Church, Jeff spent ten years in the entertainment industry, eight years in Christian higher education as well as ten years as a student ministry pastor in SoCal, a teaching pastor in Phoenix, as well as an associate campus pastor.

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Brian Burson|Campus Pastor

Brian has a background in educational administration and sixteen years of teaching experience in special education.

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Ensuring that the local church is preserved and thriving for future generations. 


On average, four churches reach out to the ROGO Foundation every month, regarding a potential adoption or seeking help resolving challenges related to reaching the next generation, culture, vision and leadership. God has blessed our efforts with eight church adoptions in the past five years. In addition to three campus plants; we’ve received one donated church property.

Amethyst Bible Church

Launched December 2015
Sandals Church East Valley

  • Weekly attendance before merge 65
  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 758

Renewal Christian Fellowship

Launched March 2017
Sandals Church Moreno Valley

  • Weekly attendance before merge 70
  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 542

Palm Baptist Church

Launched April 2018
Sandals Church Palm Ave

  • Weekly attendance before merge 40
  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 1134

Northpoint Christian Fellowship

Launched April 2018
Sandals Church San Bernardino

  • Weekly attendance before merge 99
  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 398

New Hope Fellowship

Launched July 2018
Sandals Church Banning

  • Weekly attendance before merge 15
  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 269

Lakeside Fellowship

Launched September 2018
Sandals Church Lake Arrowhead

  • Weekly attendance before merge 45
  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 243

New Life Community Church

Launched February 2020
Sandals Church Fresno

  • Weekly attendance before merge 35
  • Pre-Covid  weekly attendance 200

Sandals Church Woodcrest

Launched September 2012

  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 1200

Sandals Church Eastvale

Launched May 2019

  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 195

Sandals Church Menifee

Launched September 2019

  • Pre-Covid weekly attendance 371

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Sandals Church Azusa

  • Launching Easter 2021

Crescent Baptist Church

Sandals Church Anaheim

  • Launching Easter 2021

Calvary Baptist Church Ontario

Property Donation

  • Donated to Sandals Church
    July 2018


Of the hundreds of churches that close each week and the thousands in decline, we work to redeem those churches and return them to a place of prominence in their community, a beacon of hope and promise that the gospel of Jesus Christ will be proclaimed for generations to come.


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