Active Church

“We want to be a church that reaches people right where they are at”, declares Adam Magaña, Lead Pastor of Active Church, which has found its home in the Fremont Theater where they recently celebrated their Grand Opening. The model of Active Church is one of inclusion, acceptance, and accessibility: “We want to be a church that champions that there is hope in community. People need a place to belong. People matter”, continues Magaña. In this spirit, Active Church’s home in the Fremont is idyllic. It is neutral territory; it doesn’t carry connotations of a more traditional church setting; and its location in the heart of Downtown authenticates its community-centric mission. Additionally, the Fremont has undergone some improvements to house its new tenants. A new sound system has been installed in the theater; adjacent Mission Cinemas will receive some new paint and other updates, and will be home to Active Kids, the church’s age-appropriate children’s programming. With the Fremont’s seating capacity of 750, there is certainly room for growth, and that suits Adam and his wife Stacy, Director of Operations, just fine. After 10 years in the Ministry in Bakersfield and Las Vegas, Adam and Stacy decided to make their home in San Luis Obispo, and started Active Church to reach the community with meetings in coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs. They partnered up with ARC (Association of Related Churches), which has successfully seeded over 700 churches nationally, for guidance and support in obtaining the church’s 501(c)(3); the Magaña’s home church, Valley Bible Fellowship, also supplied resources and financial support. Clearly, there is support for the message of acceptance and diversity. “Whatever people have thought about church—give us a shot. Come out and see what God’s doing. You’re gonna want to come back.” Stacy adds, in the church’s characteristic spirit of fun and accessibility, “We like our music loud!” You can experience Active Church Sunday mornings at 10 AM and see for yourself. By Zoya Dixon

Active Church
Adam Magaña, Lead Pastor
1035 Monterey Street
(805) 439-3707
MyActiveChurch.org