After sensing a call to pursue ministry in a new way, Greg Ellis, with his wife Cindy, started Paso Robles Community Church in 1989. With a heart to make “the Church” more accessible to younger generations. With this mission in mind, the first gathering of 16 people was held at Marv’s Pizza Parlor on 12th Street. Within a year the congregation had grown to over 30 families and started meeting at Paso Robles High School, where we would gather for the next 7 years. When attendance had increased to over 200 people, the search for a building of our own commenced. In 1996, a decision was made to buy and remodel the former Round Table Pizza building at 2706 Spring Street–our current home. After 20 years of dedicated service, Pastor Greg passed away in 2009 from ALS. His wife Cindy continues to attend PRCC.
Jim Poorboy came to guide the church through transition and help identify a new, permanent pastor. Pastor Shawn Penn began shepherding PRCC in 2010. He and his wife Cindy served at the church and in the community faithfully, leading with the vision to “Love God, Make Friends and Change the World.” Pastor Shawn provide great teaching, a servant’s heart and led a strong and successful effort to increase the church’s reach in the community. After 12 years of service, God provided Pastor Shawn a time of rest and guided him to a new ministry opportunity.
In 2022, we welcomed Daniel Baxter as the new pastor of Paso Robles Community Church. Pastor Daniel, with his wife, Tegan, and their two boys jumped in to build relationships, serve alongside the congregation, and help guide this next, exciting season of ministry at PRCC. Pastor Daniel has encouraged PRCC to become a thriving multicultural, multigenerational church pursuing the art of loving God and loving others well.
Together we aim encourage one another to be authentic Christ-followers; embracing ongoing spiritual development and putting heart, thought and word to action as we live out our faith. Together we serve our community; displaying the love, hope and transformation we have in Jesus Christ. Together we will cultivate great relationships; fostering connections with God, with one another, and with those who still need to know Jesus.
If you are interested in joining us on the adventure, we’d love to have you share the journey with us!
Daniel was born in Sacramento, California and gave his life to God as a 5-year old. After a period of wandering during his teenage years and early 20’s, Daniel recommitted his life to God as a young adult. After teaching art as a public school teacher for nine years, God called Daniel into full-time ministry. He has been lead pastor of churches in California’s Bay Area, just outside of Seattle and now here at PRCC.
Daniel’s favorite passage is Romans 8:38-39; “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” He enjoys a good laugh, adventuring to new places with his family, board games and following his favorite sports. Daniel loves hanging out with his wife, Tegan, and their two young boys.
Mike Madding, the youngest of five children, was born in Tehachapi, California. Mike accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior on September 30, 1995. His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.“
Mike is married to Nan and enjoys spending time with his wife, golfing with his buddies and cheering on his favorite sports teams. As the father of two daughters and the grandfather of three, Mike is very protective and always ready to take a stand for what’s right. Don’t let his tall stature fool you, Mike has a soft heart. Mike became an elder in 2015 and has been an involved part of the church. He loves serving the mission and the people of PRCC and it clearly shows. Mike always finds a way to include humor.
Mike was baptized as an infant in the Catholic Church. In 1980, he and his wife Ginger and gave their lives to Jesus on a Marriage Encounter weekend. In 1992 they were baptized together by immersion. Mike and Ginger have been married 54 years and have 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Mike and Ginger have served Jesus together in many different ways beginning with the Marriage Encounter Presentation team, Cursillo and Epiphany weekends for incarcerated teens. They have led many church home groups and marriage ministries. Mike also served as a worship leader for 12 years. It is his desire is to continue to serve our Lord wherever He leads.