We’re a church that’s been around since 1926. A lot has changed since then, but the foundational things have stayed the same. Here’s a little bit about who we are, how we lead, and where you can find us on a Sunday morning. You’ll find that we are passionate about helping others Encounter Jesus, we are passionate about the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are passionate about our call to reach Los Angeles.
Tim and Deborah Clark have served as the Lead Pastors of The Church On The Way since February 2014. Their driving passion is to see people Encounter Jesus. Out of that, they believe we will see revival and harvest across Los Angeles and beyond. They also feel called by God to make and send disciples for Jesus in a rising generation. Tim and Deborah have served in a variety of ministry positions, including District Supervisor for the Foursquare Denomination, Dean of Students at Life Pacific College, and as youth pastors, pastors and church planters. They have three kids and enjoy exploring Los Angeles with them.
The Andersen's have a long history with The Church On The Way. Christa was raised here from a little girl, and Doug began to attend after High School. They met here, were married here, began their pastoral ministry here, and the early years of their three children’s lives were shaped here as well. Each of them held a variety of roles at TCOTW in the past, Doug having been on staff for over 20 years and serving the last several of those as Executive Pastor. In 2007 they planted a daughter church in the Santa Clarita Valley and pastored that thriving congregation for 15 years before returning to TCOTW in the summer of 2022. Both of them share a deep desire to see people encounter Jesus—when that happens lives are changed. For the last decade Doug has served on the Board of Directors of our denomination. They are thrilled to step into this new opportunity to be part of the Lead Pastor team at the very place where their life in ministry began.
In 1969 Pastor Jack Hayford answered the call to lead the Van Nuys Foursquare Church—a small but faithful congregation located on Sherman Way in Van Nuys, CA. With 18 people in attendance at that first service Pastor Jack led this congregation through a miracle outpouring of God’s grace as it grew to multiple thousands impacting the lives of people across the globe. The Church On The Way, as it came to be known, became a place of influence in the body of Christ, and a congregation who lived and worshiped in the rich presence of the living God.
This location developed into a central hub of ministry from which Pastor Jack preached the Gospel in a way that was both prophetic and practical, transforming lives of the thousands who would worship here each week. It was Pastor Jack’s teaching here that stimulated his authoring of more than fifty books, and multiple hundreds of worship songs. All of this was part of Pastor Jack simply being sensitive to the Lord Jesus and faithfully following Him each and every day of his life.
Pastor Jack’s ministry bridged barriers between generations, socio-economic strata, and ethnicities. He was a leader in reconciliation—within those areas that divided humankind, as well as reconciling people in relationship with their Heavenly Father. Tens of thousands of people received the Lord and walked into faith under the ministry of Pastor Jack. Humble and sensitive to the Lord—not just in the pulpit, but in his everyday life—Pastor Jack taught us to rely on God’s word, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, to worship the Lord with abandon, and serve in the community where God places us. The lives of countless thousands have been changed as they’ve been discipled by this general in the faith.
We are part of the FOURSQUARE church family for more information on the Foursquare beliefs click here.
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