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We’re serious but we’re not stuffy. We’re caring and also respectful of your space. And most importantly we are Christians that know faith transcends our differences and rises above all the divisive. chatter that is pulling our communities apart. We know that Christianity is more than the sum of its dogmas. And we love good preaching and singing.

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Let Us Answer Your Questions

What is Worship like at Christ Church?
Worship is the most meaningful time we have each week. Together we celebrate God’s love for all. Following worship we gather for fellowship and the opportunity to connect with all who join us.

What should I wear?
Christ Church by the Sea has a beachy casual worship style. Come as you are! Everyone is welcome at Christ by the Sea Newport Beach!

What happens during worship?
Our service is led by lay members of the congregation. The pastor offers a weekly sermon that helps us all to grow in spirit, love, knowledge, and faith.

What kind of music is offered?
We sing traditional hymns together that are led by our pipe organ and beautiful piano. We also have a talented choir that shares an anthem with us!

What do I do during communion?
In the United Methodist Church, communion is open to all people. You do not have to be a member or a Christian to receive communion. All people are invited to come forward and to receive bread and grape juice as we celebrate God’s love amongst us

Our Pastor Is A Theologian

Rev. Paul Capetz, Pastor

Paul Capetz is a native of southern California, having been raised in the Glendora United Methodist Church.  He is a graduate of U.C.L.A., Yale Divinity School, and the University of Chicago Divinity School.  He has worked as a parish minister, a youth director, a college chaplain, and a hospital chaplain, as well as a seminary and college professor.

After three decades of living elsewhere (in Connecticut, Illinois, Virginia, Minnesota, and Texas) he is happy to return to to his home in California and to serve as a minister in the Calfornia-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Our Staff

Vincent Hans

Choir Tenor

Vincent Hans

Vince, a native Californian, has performed at Disneyland many times, mainly in the parades. Vince is also a computer programmer, and worked with DiscoVision Assoc., a company working on the cutting edge for “CD’s” and “DVD’s.” Vince has a wonderful tenor voice and can be heard yearly with the Lamplight Carolers at Christmas. Currently, he is a member of the Pacific Chorale.

Craig Davis

Director Of Music

Craig Davis

Studying acting and directing at Glendale Junior College, Craig found music to be his passion. Craig is an accomplished pianist and organist, studying the piano since age 7, and the organ, since 18 yrs old. Craig is currently singing with the Long Beach Chamber and the Pacific Chorale. He has sung professionally with the Roger Wagner Chorale, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Los Angeles Concert Singers. Craig is an accomplished musician on the organ, piano, and hand bells.

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