History of Pioneer
The name “Pioneer” has been the first name of almost all the names that this church has enjoyed throughout the years. The name is derived from the fact that the early congregation began the very first church in the new Clairemont community in 1952. It was truly a pioneering endeavor.
The first service was held in 1951 in the Bay Park home of Mrs. Florence Benson, a founding member. Some 20 locals formed this non-denominational congregation and called it Easy Bay Community Church, commonly known as EBCC.
1954 was a banner year in history for Pioneer. The congregation engaged the now-renowned San Diego architect, Lloyd Ruocco, to design a new church on the present site. It stands as one of the few churches, if not the only, for which he wrote plans. Many of the members helped build Mr. Ruocco’s vision. This labor of love was recognized by Mr. Ruocco and was both accommodated and incorporated in the final design. Fred Meyer, Mr. Ruocco’s assistant and the on-site supervisor, remains a member of Pioneer’s (now Pioneer Ocean View’s) congregation.
As the community aged, many of the original congregants moved out of the area as they became successful in their vocations and their children grew up and left the area as well. By 2004, the membership numbered 61 loyal members, mostly older people on fixed income. Despite prayers and heroic efforts, including developing the Point to showcase the beautiful view in hopes of developing a wedding ministry, the remaining members faced a bleak financial future as a church.