In early 2000 both the name and ministry of Worship Generation were founded and established by current Worship Generation Senior Pastor, Joey Buran. As Joey was guest speaking at numerous youth events in the late 90's, he began to notice a greater passion and depth of commitment toward Christ in the youth of the next generation. In March of 2000 the name "Worship Generation" came to him.
A few weeks after coming up with the name, Pastor Chuck Smith invited Joey to begin a weekly Bible study in the main sanctuary at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. Joey began doing different topical series through the spring and summer months, targeting the youth of Southern California through the worship and teaching style. During that time, he developed a pattern for worship where he would use a rotation of young musicians. Names like Jeremy Camp, Scott Cunningham, Phil Wickham, Luke Caldwell (Esterlyn), Danny Donnelly, Tim Chaddick (Reality L.A.), and Zach Vestnys began to be associated with Worship Generation.
Over the next four years, Worship Generation did numerous national tours with it’s worship leaders and bands. It also produced 3 CDs under the direction of Tim Chaddick and Scott Cunningham. In the spring of 2005, Worship Generation held it’s final service at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Then with the blessing of Pastor Chuck Smith, Pastor Joey would go on to establish Worship Generation Church in nearby Fountain Valley. The first service for Worship Generation Church was held in late June of 2005 at Shoreline Baptist Church, which would go on to become the permanent location for Worship Generation.
Early on, Pastor Joey began to build a team of leaders who would help co-labor in this new venture of faith. Among those in this group were Jeremy Foster, Bryan Jameson, Alex Lopez, Garett Frisby, Hector Mora, and Raul Diaz, individuals whose help would be invaluable, and who over time, also became Worship Generation Pastors. Over the next few years, a healthy church family would emerge to become the foundation of the church congregation. In 2007, a mid-week Tuesday night service was added and has been in place ever since.
In 2008 the opportunity was presented to Pastor Joey to become the Head Coach of the Pac Sun USA surf team. Yet again, Joey’s background and credibility in the sport of surfing had opened up an amazing and unique door of opportunity. This position involved working with the top junior surfers (under the age of 18) in America. Many of these junior surfers have gone on to become some of the best professionals in the world. This list includes: Nat Young, Kolohe Andino, Conner Coffin, Kanoa Igarashi, Courtney Conlogue, Lakey Peterson, and Sage Erickson. All these surfers went on to compete in the World Surf League Championship Tour. In June of 2009 Joey resigned this position in order to focus on new ministry opportunities through the completion of his biographical movie “Beyond the Dream.”
In the summer of 2010 Joey and Jeremy went to England on a three-week mission trip doing outreaches to the surf community with the movie Beyond the Dream. Later in the year, Joey went to South Africa and taught at the Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference in Cape Town while also doing outreaches with Beyond the Dream. During this time, God gave the leadership of Worship Generation the vision to plant a new church in the northern region of Orange County. In January of 2011 Worship Generation planted this new church, Orange County Christian Fellowship, in the city of Orange, under the leadership of Pastor Bryan Jameson. This is when Pastor Jeremy Foster became the Associate Pastor at Worship Generation, a position he still presently holds.
In 2013, Worship Generation expanded its ministries to include a national radio ministry through Calvary Satellite Network (CSN) and a local radio ministry, in Southern California through KWVE 107.9 FM. At the same time, Worship Generation Pastor Hector Mora was raised up and sent out to start Vision Church in Long Beach, CA. While Worship Generation continued with a variety of global outreaches, God confirmed in 2013 that a special door of opportunity was opening for extensive and ongoing ministry in the country of Chile. Going forward in 2014, Worship Generation became involved with numerous trips and support for the Calvary Chapel movement in Chile, the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) base in Pichilemu and the Chilean surfing community.
In 2014 Pastor Joey was approached by the Chilean Surf Federation for help and assistance in guiding the sport forward in Chile. Eventually, Joey was asked to become the Head Coach of the Chilean National Surf Team, a position he prayerfully accepted and served in from 2014 to 2016. Before resigning that position, in the latter part of 2016, he traveled extensively to Chile while also coaching the various Chilean Surf Teams in multiple international surfing events.
In early 2017, Pastor Joey was approached to become the Head Coach of the USA Surf Team. This was a big commitment for Joey but all the hard work paid off in October of 2017 when the USA Junior Surf Team won the Team Gold at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga Japan. This fantastic result has gone to open up more doors of opportunity for Joey as the ongoing coach of the USA Surf Team which includes working more directly with the United States Olympic Committee as Team USA prepares for the sport of surfing to make its Olympic debut in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. We are all very grateful and excited for these amazing opportunities God has provided for Worship Generation to be a part of for the future!
With good fruit from the past, and faith for the future, the vision of Worship Generation remains the same: to continue reaching as many people as possible with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.