Popular Churches in the OC and Southern California

A list of megachurches in Orange County and Southern California where thousands and thousands of people attend church, listed in no particular order. People vote with their feet, you might say, though that’s 50% of church attenders – 50% of churchgoers attend churches over 350 in size. [cf. Top 10 Largest Churches in the OC; use this handy-dandy Google Map of California Megachurches]

Big Churches in Orange County

  1. Saddleback Church saddleback.com **
  2. Mariner’s Church  marinerschurch.org **
  3. ROCKHARBOR rockharbor.org **
  4. Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa calvarychapelcostamesa.com
  5. Templo Calvario Assembly of God tcsocal.com Santa Ana
  6. Eastside Christian Church eastside.com Anaheim
  7. First Evangelical Free Churchevfreefullerton.com Fullerton
  8. The Crossing thecrossing.com Costa Mesa
  9. Seacoast Grace Church http://www.seacoastgrace.org Cypress
  10. Newsong Community Church newsong.net
  11. Sarang Community Church (Korean) http://sarang.com/ Anaheim
  12. Grace Ministries International (Korean) http://gracemi.com/ Fullerton
  13. Coast Hills Community Church http://coasthillschurch.org/ Aliso Viejo
  14. The Rock Church http://www.solidlives.com/ Anaheim
  15. Vineyard Christian Fellowship http://www.vcfanaheim.com/ Anaheim
  16. Knott Avenue Christian Church http://www.kacc.com/ Anaheim
  17. Cottonwood Christian Center http://cottonwood.org Los Alamitos
  18. Friends Church friends.church Yorba Linda**
  19. Friendship Baptist Church thefriendshipchurch.org Yorba Linda
  20. Rose Drive Friends Church http://www.rdf.org/ Yorba Linda
  21. Calvary Chapel La Habra  http://calvarylahabra.org
  22. Orange Hills Assembly of God http://www.orangehills.net Orange Hills
  23. Pacific Coast Church http://www.pccsc.org San Clemente
  24. First Christian Church http://www.fcchb.com Huntington Beach
  25. Capo Beach Calvary  http://capobeachcalvary.com
  26. Healing Word http://www.healingword.tv/ Tustin
  27. Calvary Chapel http://www.ccrsm.net/ Rancho Santa Margarita
  28. Calvary Chapel Westgrove http://www.ccwg.org Garden Grove
  29. Calvary Church of Santa Ana http://calvarylife.org
  30. Bethel Korean Church http://bkc.org Irvine
  31. Compass Bible Church compasschurch.org Aliso Viejo
  32. Crossline Community Church crosslinechurch.com Laguna Hills
  33. 얼바인침례교회 (Irvine Baptist Church) irvinechurch.com
  34. Ocean Hills Community Church, San Juan Capistrano
  35. Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove
  36. The Life Church, Irvine

Large Churches in the City of Los Angeles

Big churches in Los Angeles County

  • Mission Ebenezer Family Church http://www.missionebenezer.com Carson
  • Parkcrest Christian Church http://parkcrest.org Long Beach
  • Lake Avenue Church http://www.lakeave.org Pasadena
  • Faith Community Church  http://www.go2faith.com/ West Covina
  • The Church On The Way http://www.tcotw.org Van Nuys
  • Calvary Chapel Golden Springs
  • Faithful Central Missionary Baptist Church
  • Agape International Center For Truth, Culver City CA
  • Calvary Chapel, Downey CA
  • Calvary Chapel South Bay http://www.ccsouthbay.org/ Gardena CA
  • City of Refuge Church, Gardena CA
  • Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach CA
  • Community Baptist Church – Journey of Faith, Manhattan Beach CA
  • Calvary Chapel Montebello, Montebello CA
  • Journey Community Church, La Mirada CA
  • Central Christian Church, Lancaster CA
  • Lancaster Baptist Church, Lancaster CA
  • Desert Vineyard, Lancaster CA
  • First Presbyterian Church, Torrance CA
  • First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena CA
  • Rolling Hills Covenant Church, Rolling Hills Estates CA
  • Whittier Area Community Church, Whittier CA
  • Morning Star Christian Chapel, Whittier CA
  • Faith Community Church, Covina CA
  • Florence Avenue Foursquare Church, Santa Fe Springs CA
  • big churches in the San Fernando Valley
  • Cornerstone Community Church http://cornerstonesimi.com Simi Valley
  • Shepherd of the Hills Church http://www.theshepherd.org Porter Ranch
  • The Church At Rocky Peak http://www.rockypeak.org Chatsworth
  • Grace Community Church http://www.gracechurch.org Sun Valley
  • Grace Baptist Church, Santa Clarita CA
  • Faith Chapel, Spring Valley CA
  • Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village CA

Big Churches in the Inland Empire (Riverside County etc)

  • Harvest Christian Fellowship http://www.harvest.org/church/ Riverside
  • Sandals Church http://sandalschurch.com/ Riverside
  • Sunrise Church http://www.sunrisechurch.org Rialto
  • The Grove Community Church http://thegrove.cc Riverside
  • Crossroads Christian Church http://www.crossroadschurch.com Corona
  • Calvary Chapel Golden Springs http://www.calvarygs.org Diamond Bar
  • Set Free Christian Fellowship http://www.setfreerocks.com/ Yucaipa
  • Southwest Community Church  http://southwestcc.org/ Los Gatos
  • Calvary Chapel Ontario
  • Calvary Chapel David Rosales Chino
  • Inland Hills Church  Chino
  • Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
  • Water of Life, Fontana
  • Campus Hill Church Loma Linda
  • Loma Linda University Church, Loma Linda CA
  • Immanuel Baptist Church, Highland CA
  • Revival Christian Fellowship, Menifee
  • Calvary Church Murrieta , Murrieta CA
  • Calvary Bible Fellowship, Temecula CA
  • Sunridge Community Church, Temecula
  • Rancho Community Church, Temecula CA
  • Calvary Chapel , Redlands CA
  • Trinity Evangelical Free Church ,  Redlands CA
  • Life Church of God In Christ,  Riverside CA
  • Christ’s Church of the Valley,  San Dimas CA
  • Pomona First Baptist Church, Pomona CA
  • Cornerstone Community Church, Wildomar CA
  • Abundant Living Family Church , Rancho Cucamonga CA
  • Hillside Community Church , Rancho Cucamonga CA

Big Churches in the San Diego area

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http://blip.tv/oc-insight/the-megachurches-of-orange-county-5055584

Why did so many megachurches wind up in the OC? According to the panelists in the above video: suburbanist spread, charismatic pastors with business skills, …

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* data gathered via http://christianexaminer.com/Articles/Articles%20Jun04/Art_Jun04_12.html + HIRR database of megachurches in California

** denotes a multi-site church, that is, a church in multiple locations

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