About Us


Come as you are! At Oceanhills we like to say, “no perfect people allowed.” We are a one of a kind, unusual, and accepting community of everyday people who are figuring out how to love God and how to love everyone always by following the life and teachings of Jesus.

We embrace the messiness of real life and seek to help each other grow in grace despite our differences. We are a Jesus centered church – not an issue centered one. We value relationships over rules and we don’t tell our people how to vote or guilt them into giving. We don’t think we are a perfect church, but we do think we are different from most.

Come join us on a Sunday – all are welcome, everyone is invited!


As a part of the larger Evangelical Covenant Church, we adhere to the same affirmations and beliefs as the denomination. You can read them by clicking the button below.


Oceanhills is a Covenant Church in Santa Barbara, CA founded in 1998 by our lead Pastor, Dr. Jon Ireland who planted it with support from Montecito Covenant Church. We shared our first office with McDonalds and met in the Veterans Memorial Building for the first three years before moving to The Luke.

Church on the Beach is a longstanding tradition during the summer! As is Church Under The Stars on Christmas Eve in The Rotunda by the beach.


To learn more about any of our staff members, click on their profile picture.


Founding & Lead Pastor


Executive Pastor


Director of Worship & Creative Arts


We are focused on living out our God-given marching orders to love everyone always, across the street and around the world. We are dedicated to serving regularly with our local and global partnerships:

  • Franklin Elementary School (Reading & Mentoring)
  • Alameda Park Monthly Meal Share
  • Team World Vision
  • Westmont College
  • SB ACT
  • AMOR Outreach