Saddleback Church

About Saddleback Church

When Rick and Kay Warren first arrived in the Saddleback Valley in December of 1979, they dreamed of planting a church that would be “a place where the hurting, the depressed, the confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, and encouragement.” They knew that a great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission would grow a great church! On Easter of 1980, Saddleback Church held its first public service and 205 people, most of who had never been to church, showed up. That began one of the most exciting journeys of growth that any church has experienced in American history. Since then, God has continued to expand the church’s influence both nationally and internationally. Currently, Saddleback has over 500 ministries and 400 staff at our 19 campuses, including four international campuses in Berlin, Buenos Aires, South Manila, and Hong Kong. The principles that led to the church’s success come from the five biblical purposes of the church—worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. Pastor Rick’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, focuses on the truth that life is “not about you,” and shows how God can enable each of us to live for His purposes. Saddleback is a teaching and training church and takes seriously the responsibility of equipping the next generation of leaders. We are better together!


Translator Intern

June 2018 - August 2018 Lake Forest, CA
“The environment was super inviting and intentional, so I met a lot of great people and learned so much about the behind the scenes work that goes into running a church. I learned about the challenge that is translation and what goes into translating different types of products. It was a great experience.”

Student Ministries Intern

May 2019 Irvine, CA
“I loved the fact that I got to get hands-on experiences on how to run a ministry, specifically targeted for youth students (from 6th to 12th grade). I got to learn how to plan and prep for events that promote community engagement, how to engage in teamwork with people, and how to be an effective leader in general. ”
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