Church is not an institution, event or building. The local Church is a community who worships God, does life together and anchors its trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ with the mission of encouraging others to do the same. -Pastor Dave
The Dowlers’ paths crossed in 1982 while attending University and for the decade following, Dave pursued a multifaceted career in the music industry. Their lives took a life-changing turn in 1995 when Dave was asked to assist with the music and media of an outreach ministry called Guts (what it takes to live for Jesus). What was viewed as a secondary commitment to his music endeavors evolved into over 12 years of full time leadership within a quickly multiplying local church. Amidst the Dowlers’ involvement in this thriving culture, a desire was stirred to return to Southern California and establish a life-giving community of faith and in 2008, with the blessing of their Pastors, that desire became a reality in Malibu.
At the core of the Waveside community is a passion to see people encounter the freedom and restoring power of God in every facet of their lives through a sustainable intimate relationship with their Heavenly Father. Laura’s own dramatic experience with God’s freeing power brought her victory over anorexia and post-abortion trauma. Desiring to help others experience this same freedom, Laura developed and has led women’s recovery groups for over 25 years, witnessing countless lives set free from adverse pasts. Inspired by the impact of these groups and with encouragement from their Pastors, Dave and Laura wrote Reality Revealed, a bible-based recovery workbook tailored to guide individuals out of the harmful effects of a traumatic past and into the hope-filled life of freedom that God desires for everyone.
No matter where you may be on your faith journey, we welcome you to experience God’s unconditional love and restoring power within the family we call Waveside!
Dave and Laura have been married for 33 years and have two grown sons Aaron and Nathan.