Location and Facilities
I will give within my temple and its walls
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that will endure forever.
Location and Community
Good Sam is located in University City, a community of the city of San Diego. We are adjacent to the 25,000-student campus of UCSD and to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. While the neighborhoods of University City are primarily single-family homes, our campus is surrounded by four major hospital complexes, two large regional shopping centers, a vibrant high-tech and life sciences business community, and a large number of recently-constructed high-density apartments, condominiums, and a large senior residential tower. A new extension of the San Diego Trolley will place a trolley stop near the campus. The result is that the surrounding community is primarily an affluent one with a mix of students, young professionals, families and the elderly.
With this unique geographical setting, Good Sam is primarily a commuter church. Most members live more than five miles from our campus, driving in from suburban neighborhoods including Carmel Valley and Rancho Bernardo to the north, Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch to the east, and Clairemont to the south.
Our members are affluent, highly-educated, and family-oriented. Approximately three quarters of our members are over 55, and more than half the congregants have been members for at least 10 years. While we are geographically spread out, our community is engaged, with more than half of our parish survey respondents indicating that they participate in ministry activities beyond Sunday morning worship.
Good Sam is blessed with a 3.5 acre campus in a vibrant area located centrally in the City of San Diego. The campus is shared with the Newman Center Catholic Community of UCSD. Our campus includes two buildings; an 8,900 sf worship center with a 600-seat sanctuary and a 5,400 sf fellowship center, Roetter Hall, which includes a commercial kitchen. The hall was extensively remodeled in 2007 to better support our parish-led ministries and to be a better resource for outside community groups. The main hall can now be divided into five spaces for meetings, worship, fellowship and education, and also includes classrooms upstairs. The Worship Center contains office space for both the Good Sam and Newman Center staffs as well as classroom and meeting space.
Good Sam is one of the larger congregations in the Diocese of San Diego (www.edsd.org), which consists of 48 parishes and missions spread across San Diego, Imperial and portions of southern Riverside County. The diocese spans more than 12,000 square miles of urban, suburban, mountain, desert and rural communities with a population in excess of 4.5 million. There are approximately 22,000 members in the congregations of the diocese.