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Missions and Outreach

Validated Mission Giving Opportunities

In addition to designated mission opportunities, the Presbytery of Santa Barbara has "validated" five ministry projects within our geographic area. These projects themselves grew out of the passion of individual churches within our presbytery for these specific ministries, and each project has been given permission to raise funds from our churches.


IMPACT (validated by the presbytery in 2000) grew out of the passion at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Ventura in 1992 for youth mission. From 1993 -2007 Impact has sent over 320 missionaries from 30 different churches to 12 different countries around the world.

Randa Dinkler and Sandy Dinkler
IMPACT Co-Directors
8180 Telephone Road
Ventura. CA 93004
(805) 647-6489 Office

New Horizons: The Viata and Kaizen Programs in Lupeni, Romania (a ministry of Young Life)

How does a person who is a product of a totalitarian society learn responsibility, individuality, initiative?asks Slavenka Drakulic, Croation author. The Viata and Kaizen Programs are exploring how to contextualize the Gospel to the low-trust cultures of Romania and beyond, where corruption runs rampant, through adventure education and service-learning.

"Dana and Brandi Bates (Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church) are helping to give an educational perspective that offers hope for young people, which is essential in Romania's difficult transition into a functioning democracy and market economy."

The Honorable James C. Rosapepe, former US Ambassador to Romania.


Our mission is to demonstrate Jesus' love by working with people in developing countries to improve their quality of life through accessing, using, and maintaining safe water.

Our vision is a world where every person has access to safe water, improved health, and the knowledge of Jesus' love.


Threshold Ministries

Validated in 2000 and started at the Orcutt Presbyterian Church, Threshold continues the work begun in Linjiang, China. The number of children sponsored has grown from 58 just a few years ago to about 200. Building of the church and orphanage has concluded with the doors being open to the community for the first time in the coming weeks. Food is still delivered monthly to families and others in Linjiang and the surrounding area. By now over 1000 tons of food have been delivered. Livestock like cows and chickens are also being provided to certain families. In a partnership with the Free Wheelchair Mission of Santa Ana, Ca, Threshold has been able to provide 250 wheelchairs to people in Linjiang and two nearby cities. And 250 more are awaiting delivery.


God's Hidden Treasures

Ukraine (validated by the presbytery in 2001) began with Nita Hansen and the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks. This ministry in Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine focuses on the physical, practical and spiritual needs of orphaned children and families in desperate poverty conditions.


Care Corps

(validated by the presbytery in 2002) founded by Dr. James L. Witty as a crisis care ministry, sending in teams of Christian counselors trained in crisis counseling and psychological de-briefing for events such as war, disaster and trauma. Provides to the larger church resources including counseling services and training, leadership and management training, ministry team building.


Campus Ministries

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Front Porch Campus Ministry
1468 East Foothill Blvd
San Luis Obispo CA 93405
Beau Smith, Campus Pastor


Bonnie Bau, Spanish track, administrative assistant

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