The Gospel. We the members of Murrieta Valley Church believe that Jesus Christ’s miraculous entry into this world, His gruesome crucifixion, and His glorious resurrection leave us all in a position of grateful response to Him. We encourage you to respond to Jesus Christ with faith and repentance.

Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about Jesus Christ, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in Scripture.

God Is Sovereign Creator. The Bible says we were created by the one, true and living God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything; therefore, He also owns and rules everything. (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Psalm 103.19)

God Created Us for His Glory. Deep and lasting joy comes from being what we were created to be. And we were created to be mirrors of God’s glory — to fill the earth with the light of his beauty by reflecting it to others. If God made us for his glory, it is clear that we should live for his glory by loving Him, trusting Him, being thankful to Him and obeying Him. (Isaiah 43:7; Romans 11:36; Matthew 22:37; Romans 4:20; Psalm 50:23; Matthew 5:16)

God Is Holy. God is absolutely and perfectly holy, therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil. Understandably, therefore, God requires holiness of us. (Isaiah 6:3; James 1:13; 1Peter 1:16). God created us to live in a way that reflects His character.  Anything short of that is sin.

Mankind is Sinful. According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10-12). The Bible teaches that our sins have plagued our lives and have separated us from God.

Jesus is Lord and Savior. Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior. Jesus is God the Son who came to this earth to save sinners. Jesus lived a perfect life that completely glorified God.  On the cross, Jesus took credit for our lives and paid for our sins.  When we trust in Jesus, God gives us credit for the life of Christ!  That is how we are justified by God and forgiven of our sins.  Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us that we could become righteous before God. That is AMAZING GRACE! Jesus exchanged places with us, died our death and gave us His glory. (Romans 3:26; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Salvation by Faith Alone. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (Colossians 1:16). Therefore He owns and rules everything (Psalms 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute trust, allegiance, obedience, and worship. According to the Bible, there is no salvation apart from trusting in Jesus Christ.

The Character of Saving Faith. True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin by the power and grace of God (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3; 1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Saved for God’s Glory Alone. All of life is to be lived to the glory of God. Our purpose for living is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. (1Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 4:11; Revelation 1:6; 2 Peter 3:1; Ephesians 3:21; Revelation 7:12; Romans 11:36)

Reformed. Murrieta Valley Church celebrates the doctrines of grace and Reformed theology and affirm the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and The Baptist Faith and Message.

Belong. Everyone is invited to attend MVC, but there are great benefits in becoming a member.  Check out our online membership process that is designed to help you become an active member of MVC’ family.

Murrieta Valley Church ministries are designed to exalt Christ and manifest His Kingdom through the power of the Spirit to the glory of the Father as His covenant people. We believe that transformation occurs through a deepening awareness and application of the gospel that transforms the entire person. Our goal is not simply more information, but deeper transformation in Christ.

We encourage all of our members to faithfully attend Sunday worship and a weekly Growth Group.  Sunday worship is a unique and powerful event that allows the church to commune together with God, preparing us for a week of serving Christ.  The weekly Growth Groups are small fellowships that meet in homes, allowing us the opportunity to dig deeper in the Scriptures, to pray for one another, and to encourage one another.

Throughout the year we provide other ministry opportunities such as missions, men’s, women’s, and youth ministries.  Keep up with events, retreats, teaching seminars, and fellowships through our events page, newsletter, and social media.


Scott Hill, is married to Lisa, and the father of Aaron, Grace, and Madi. Scott is a founding Pastor who moved from Laurel, MS to be a part of the church plant team at MVC. Along with many other Pastoral duties Scott leads MVC is praising God with songs that honor and glorify God. He brings a theological approach to worship that helps the congregation truly worship in spirit and truth.

Scott is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Gateway Seminary

John Shirey, John is the newest member of the MVC staff. John was born into a pastor’s home, raised in God’s Word, always felt at home in church. He has always been involved in church life and personally active in every aspect of the local church since teen years. Family, sports and attempts at humor are personal priorities. He sensed God’s personal direction in life in his teen years and began working vocational ministry in 1983.

John, with his wife Debbie, have 6 children.  When asked, “What do you do for a living?” The normal response is “I am in the people business.” Through teaching and coaching the goal has always been to influence and impact the lives of others with the truth of God’s word.

He holds a Master of Religious Education from Midwestern Theological Seminary.

Rick Rees, an elder, is married to Jenny and has 3 children at home.  Rick has been a firefighter for over 20 years and has been serving in church for many years.  Rick also plays guitar on the worship team.


Mark Bottjer, married to Barb, is a business owner.
Ted Weist, married to Darlene, is an engineer.
Gary Decker, married to Christine, is a business owner.
Andy Harper, married to Debi, also oversees our Children’s Church.
Max Greene, married to Susie, Max owns a home automation business.
Chuck Edgerly,
married to Lee, Chuck is a retired veterinarian. (Inactive due to medical reasons)
Randy Campbell, married to Dana, is a business owner. (Inactive due to medical reasons)

Sharon Sandavol is our administrative assistant.

Recommended Reading List
Stop Dating The Church – Josh Harris
What Is A Healthy Church – 9Marks
How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus – 9 Marks
Chosen By God – RC Sproul
Gospel According To JesusJohn MacArthur
Desiring GodJohn Piper
Knowing GodJ I Packer
Holiness – JC Ryle
Christ of the Covenants – O Palmer Robertson
The Reason For GodTim Keller
The City of God – St. Augustine
Freedom of the Will – Jonathan Edwards
Institutes of the Christian Religion – John Calvin
The Apostolic Fathers in English  Michael Holmes

For reading on current culture from a Christian worldview we recommend: