Our History

Jeremiah 31:3-4

3 The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
4 I will build you up again.

Good Samaritan Church dates back to 1970 when St James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla took a leap of faith and established a mission church on a vacant corner lot in what was then an undeveloped part of San Diego, adjacent to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Located first at the La Jolla Country Day School library and then at the Marcy Elementary School auditorium, the mission grew, as did the neighborhood around it.

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1975 – The Church added Roetter Hall, a multipurpose building. The congregation grew with Roetter Hall serving as a worship center, education center, and parish hall.

1981 – Parish status was granted to Good Sam. The vicar, the Reverend Wayne Sanders, was installed as the first rector. The Rev. Sanders served the parish for a total of 27 years with several different associates.

1991 – 1992 – Broke ground and built the new sanctuary.

2005 – 2006 – The Rev. Sanders retired and the Rev. John Conrad served as interim rector.

2006 – The Rev. Christopher Gray Chase was called to serve as rector.

2007 – Roetter Hall was renovated to provide greater flexibility for parish and community events.

2011 – The Rev. Rebecca Nelson Edwards joined as Deacon and later as Associate Rector.

2014 – The Revs. Chase and Edwards were recruited by the Diocese of California to plant a new church in the Mission Bay and Dog Patch areas of San Francisco. They accepted the call. The Rev. Daniel Pearson serves as interim rector.