About John

John Ettore has been a pastor for over 25 years. He is the founding pastor of The Gathering Place Church in San Diego, California, and he helps lead a network of local pastors who serve San Diego together. John and His wife, Hope live in Ramona, California and have six children.

What a Friend!

Last Sunday I shared a message about the depth of friendship Jesus showed you when He went to the cross. If you haven’t heard that message, “What a Friend”, I encourage you, on this Good Friday, to listen HERE before this Sunday for two reasons: To deepen your love for Jesus. God’s love is an [...]

Sermon Series – What Does Love Look Like?

The Bible clearly tells us that we can know everything, have faith to move mountains, even give all our money to feed the poor, but if we don’t have love we are a big zero in heaven’s eyes! Jesus told us to love one another just as He loves us. He also said that if [...]

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April 7, 2019 – Pastor Mark Cowper-Smith



March 31, 2019 – Josh Hamilton – “Don’t Worry”

One Thing

I love Easter season - the cheerful, bright colors, the great brunch my wife makes (oh, man, you have no idea), our dynamic church services, and, of course, the excitement of those who come to Christ for the first time! But these are not the things that move me the most. The primary reason I [...]

We’d love to hear your testimony

The Power of  Testimony Testimonies have incredible power because they carry within them the seeds of faith it took to bring them to pass the first time. In fact, the word, “testimony” means “to do again!” What this means is that when you hear or read a testimony, many times the same faith that produced [...]

New job

It’s no real secret that I haven’t been happy with my work situation for a while.  I started actively looking for a new job the last few months of 2018.  I had a few hits but nothing really materialized.  I ended up being laid off from my job mid January.  The week leading up to [...]

Answered Prayer

This testimony that starts back in 2015. When my second child was born we were faced with going from 2 incomes to 1 income because the numbers did not make sense to have 2 kids in full-time daycare. When we came to GPC in 2016 and we accepted Jesus into our lives, tithing was a [...]

ALL Things Are Possible

I love how radical Jesus is. He says that most outlandish things like, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 How many things did He say were possible? ALL things! And in this case it was healing from epilepsy! Another radical, life-changing Scripture is, “According to your faith be it unto you!” [...]

March 24, 2019 – GPC – The Power of Faith-Filled Words



Bella Ettore Testimony – Faith and Prayer

Throughout the Faith series, my dad and I have been setting aside time to pray together for specific things we want to see God do in our lives and the lives of others. One of those things for me has been the Lord’s guidance as I decide on a college for next year and formulate [...]

Testimony – God is good, and He does provide.

With my husband getting stationed in North Chicago and me getting out of the military our financial situation had changed and we were still trying to figure out all the finances and money was becoming tight. My husband getting less wages being stationed in North Chicago and me only receiving a disability check which is [...]

3 Ways to Stay Spiritually Hot!

There is no easy way to stay spiritually hot.  I’m sorry to tell you that, but it’s true. Just like there is no easy way to stay physically fit. You’ve got to put in the time. But here are three things you can do that will absolutely produce the results you are looking for. I [...]