God planted a seed in the heart of Merrick Carter to consider starting a new church in the Oxnard, Ventura County area. At the time, he was the Southern California Divisional Evangelical Evangelist with The Salvation Army and his ministry took him all over the country. His first response was, "Sorry, God, I think I will pastor a bible teaching church outside the state of California.
But God did not give up on him. God patiently continued to impress His calling on him. Finally, after starting up a bible study/chapel service in the Oxnard area, God had made it abundantly clear for Merrick to start and pastor a church in Oxnard, California. In the spring of 2004, plans were set in motion to begin a new work.