About Our Pastor
Pastor Dennis Sherman trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of six. He was challenged early in his life to study the Word of God and to mature in his Christian life. While in high school he became involved in evangelism and discipleship through Youth for Christ and his local church youth group. At the time of his graduation from high school, he was asked to direct the summer camping program at Wynola Bible Conference near Julian, California. That began a ministry of teaching and training believers that continues to this day. He came to Irvine Community Church as pastor at the age of twenty-one during his senior year at Biola Universtiy. He graduated from Biola in 1969. Pastor Dennis met his wife, Terry on a trip to Israel in 1971 and they were married in 1972. They have two sons, Steve and Mark. The passion of Pastor Dennis’ heart is to teach the Bible verse by verse.
About our Director of HaDavar Messianic Ministries
Bob Morris is the Director of HaDavar Messianic Ministries, an independent evangelistic ministry sponsored by Irvine Community Church. The purpose of HaDavar Messianic Ministries is to evangelize the Jewish community for Christ and enhance believers' understanding of the Scriptures. This is accomplished primarily through mid-week Bible study classes, which proclaim Jesus as the Messiah the Jewish people have been waiting for; and provide believers in Christ with an expanded understanding of the Scriptures by revealing the cultural background of the Scriptures.
Bob Morris is highly experienced in the field of Jewish outreach. He worked for 20 years proclaiming the Messiahship of Jesus to the Jewish community with the internationally known Jewish mission, Ariel Ministries, as a Missionary Pastor, Bible Camp Director and Teacher, Conference Speaker, Administrative Executive Director, Director of Missions and Training, and as Field Representative. Although primarily involved in English-speaking ministries in the United States, he has also been involved doing ministry work in Russia, Israel, and Germany. Presently he is an Elder with Irvine Community Church, as well as the Director and primary teacher for HaDavar Messianic Ministries. Bob is teaching on behalf of HaDavar Messianic Ministries in churches and Messianic congregations, at conferences, and through public classes taught in Orange County, California.
About our Assistant Pastor
Yurie Hwang was raised in a Korean church, but remained a hypocrite in the faith until high school. There the Lord brought into his life young men and women who truly loved Jesus Christ and lived it out in their daily lives. By the end of high school and into his years at the University of California, Irvine he was heavily involved in discipleship and Bible teaching both on campus and off. He was led to Irvine Community Church in 2000 along with a group of young adults who were seeking a biblical and loving church community. After participating in the various ministries at ICC and spending two years in the US Army, he joined the ICC staff as Assistant Pastor in 2006. At that time he also enrolled in the Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, graduating in 2010 with an M. Div. He met his wonderful wife Kathryn while in college and in 2009 she gave him the honor of being her beloved husband. His responsibilities at ICC include shepherding and managing the Children's, Youth, and College/Career Ministries.
About our History
Irvine Community Church, Irvine's oldest, began on January 17, 1932, when a Sunday School was organized on the Irvine Ranch, sponsored by the American Sunday School Union (now called American Missionary Fellowship). An old schoolhouse on Sand Canyon Avenue was home to the Sunday School. Irvine Community Church grew out of this Sunday School. By November 23, 1945, the church was incorporated and the first part-time pastor came in February 1946. A building was needed to conduct a full church program. After much discussion and prayer, the trustees began in 1948 planning the new building on faith at a time when offerings were $15 per month. James Irvine donated the land and small amounts began to arrive. After much prayer, sacrifice, and hard work, the congregation moved in their new place of worship in October 1951.
About Our Future
As the Lord tarries, we witness the faithfulness of God. In years past, we ministered to families at El Toro Marine Base. Since the Base has closed, Irvine Community Church is poised on the edge of a new era in its ministry. We are actively reaching out for new ministries, opportunities, and dreams as we expand our horizons. Building on our heritage and faith in God, we are preparing to meet the unique challenges facing our mission field in the years to come.