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Our History


Coast Hills began in 1985 in a living room as a bible study led by Founding Pastor Denny Bellesi and his wife Leesa. The study started with a handful of neighbors and friends in Dana Point who wanted to reach their south Orange County neighbors with Christ's love. Later that year, Coast Hills Community Church officially began. As more people came to know Christ and other believers joined the group a larger space was needed.

Dana Hills High School became Coast Hills’ first official meeting place but when we grew to over 400 families, more space was needed. In 1993, a brand new church building was completed in Aliso Viejo and Coast Hills moved into its present home. In late 2004, Senior Pastor Ken Baugh came to Coast Hills from McLean Bible Church. In 2010, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary and the thousands of lives changed by the power of God.

Today over 3,000 families call Coast HIlls home and continue to make disciples who Love Jesus, Serve Others and Share the Story.