Micaiah Irmler, Lead Pastor, Southridge Church, San Jose
I grew up in a pastor's family in Fresno, California. At the age of fourteen I gave my life to Jesus. I felt the Lord calling me into full-time ministry during my high school years. I travelled all over the country as a teen evangelist as well as spent several summers volunteering at the Bill Rice Ranch a Christian camp for deaf young people. I received my ministerial training from a Christian college in the Los Angeles area where I also met my lovely wife Jane Anne. Together we served at Liberty Baptist Church in San Jose for six years as a student pastor before God called us to plant Southridge Church. In January 2014 Southridge Church was launched with 58 people in attendance. I did such a great job that only 34 came back, but by the third week 84 people attended and we've never looked back.
After two and a half years of our church meeting in a movie theatre we were approached about a merger with a struggling church. After four months of attempting to merge our two churches into one unified family, it became apparent we weren't compatible and we separated.
In January 2017, Southridge Church relaunched with renewed passion, prayer, and purpose to reach our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We've seen God do some extraordinary things in less that one year and with an average attendance of 200 and over 30 salvation decisions. We firmly believe that the best is yet to come.