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Meet Shane O’Garro of The Church Of Salvation in Mira Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shane O’Garro.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am originally from Boston and I got the call to come to San Diego to open a church in 2017. I took my car and drove from Boston to San Diego over a 5-day journey in December 2017. When we arrived, we had a place that was being held for us but we got turned down. We ended up living out of hotels for five weeks. In all that time, I began preaching the word of God on the beach, then we moved into a space in North Park. The struggle of gaining followers lead us to bring the Church in the house.

This was a success in the form of more people being baptized and being apart of the church. We grew enough that we had to find a new place. We are now at Miramar College above the gym.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has not been easy. We had a lot of challenges along the way and still do. Being a new transplant, we have to continue to learn the language here. We are looking for musicians to help build up our band and of course, we lost members. Some have returned but others have not.

Please tell us more about The Church Of Salvation, what you are currently focused on and most proud of?
We are a church that focuses on community, love and hope. We are known for our motto which is a bridge from judgment to impact. I am very happy with the work that we do and the people we have an impact on. What really sets us apart is the fact that we do things in a loving manner and we are open to everyone who wants to get closer to God. It doesn’t matter your race or background.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment so far has been our baptisms. We go down to Mission Bay and baptize people there. From there, we invite them back the next Sunday and we give them a Baptism Bag. It’s a gift bag with a notebook, highlighter and some pens. We also like to add a bible to the bag as well, we look at the bag as a way of preparing the people for success.

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