International Christian Church of San Diego (ICCSD) was first formed in 1999 with a focus on meeting the needs of internationals in San Diego. Through the grace of God, ICCSD was able to become one of the first Christian organizations in the country to focus exclusively on the international community as well as being run by an international community. We seek to indwell the reality of God’s message of grace and carry this message into the community and out to the nations as a self-consciously global community.
ICCSD’s purpose is to propose to the world: You are far, far greater than you can imagine when you encounter the Grace of God that is found most fully in Jesus Christ.
All cultural backgrounds are welcomed at ICCSD which has had folks (and food) from Japan, India, Singapore, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Taiwan, Canada, Germany, Thailand, Switzerland, Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam, France and all across America
ABOUT OUR SENIOR PASTOR
André Ong is the Senior and Founding Pastor of ICCSD, President of Pacific Theological Seminary and a Faculty Associate at Bethel Theological Seminary. He is also an Associate Lecturer and on the Board of Academic Advisers at the Academy for Christian Thought in New York. André travels as a speaker and lecturer at various conferences, academic settings and churches. His ministry experiences include being the Director of ISI (International Students Incorporated) in Singapore, ISI minister in the USA, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in San Diego and a Prison Chaplain at The San Diego Juvenile Hall.
André’s educational experiences includes a Ph. D. in Religion focusing in philosophy, theology, ethics and culture at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of John Paul II’s Philosophy of the Acting Person: A Personalistic Approach to Life, along with other journal and book articles. For publications, see: https://bethel.academia.edu/AndreOng
André’s biggest joy and delight are in his wife, Ellen and sons, Andrew and Edsel, and the wonderful family at ICCSD.
What We Believe
In a world that is becoming irreversibly global and pluralistic, we have become immediately aware of different beliefs, religions, philosophies and even different Christian traditions that we indwell. We focus on the best of our inherited Christian tradition as enshrined in the Nicene Creed and as accepted by the three major branches of Christianity – Protestants, the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. We adhere to the following belief: in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.
More specifically, at ICCSD we believe in the distinctiveness of grace or the generosity of God as revealed in Jesus and the Bible which transforms all areas of our existence. We have a thoroughgoing theology of grace that seeks to discover and understand the already present common grace available to all creation and the special extravagant and abundant grace that God desires for us to receive after our conversion. We are of the conviction that if only everyone understood the revelation of God’s generosity for what it really is; no one would want to resist God’s grace. Our desire at ICCSD is to reveal God’s generous and extravagant grace to the world.