Pastors & Staff
Pastor / Teacher
First and foremost, I’m still in awe that the God of the universe has chosen me, justified me in Christ, and promised to bring me safely home to Him.
Next to my bewilderment of being brought into fellowship with God, my greatest early joys are my wife Ariona, my son Obed, and my daughters Jubilee and Lilian.
Even the existence of Christ Church Carpinteria is an utter miracle of God’s grace. What a God we serve!
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and I’m evidence of that truth. God has shown me unfathomable grace in opening my eyes to the gospel of his Son and giving me a new heart. He’s also blessed me with my wife, Deborah, and our firstborn son, Leon.
I love plumbing the depths of theology and God’s Word, teaching, and spending time with good friends. It’s my prayer that God would make Christ Church a true family that brings him much glory.
I received Christ just after college through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) and have had a heart for evangelism and discipleship ever since. I have enjoyed ministering with Athletes in Action, Young Life and other para church organizations.
I enjoy life with my wife Barbara, time with family & friends, working out, long walks, reading the Bible and related books as well as history, current events, and an occasional novel. The more we read the Bible the more we find it provides God’s perspective on everything else.
Jesus’ statement in John 10:10 that, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly [that it would be full and meaningful]” was the promise that motivated me to give my life to Him. Christ Church Carpinteria is another amazing example of this promise fulfilled.
Our glorious God saved me by his grace and mercy as a high school school student here in Carpinteria! Since then, He has kept me through my many wanderings and sanctified me by His Spirit and by His Word. I now have the great privilege to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the youth of Santa Barbara county through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes!
In my free time, I get to enjoy the wonderful gifts our Heavenly Father has given me. He has been so gracious to give me an amazing family, godly friends, and a Gospel-centered church.
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25
Director of Women's Ministry
I’ve been in ministry for many years teaching women and kids and doing whatever else is needed in the church. I love teaching the Bible and equipping women to understand Scripture well.
Both my husband Doug and I love spending time with our wonderful family of five kids and four grandkids too.
To God be the glory!
Director of Music Ministry & Administration
Christ is my greatest treasure. I love leading the people of God through song as we allow Christ’s Word to dwell richly in our hearts. In addition to leading the music ministry, I handle all media & communications for the church, as well as assisting the pastoral staff with administration.
When I’m not singing, making spreadsheets, reading, or spending time with my beloved friends, I’m teaching junior high students at a Christian school in Goleta.
Christ is Lord of all! I long for the day when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habbakuk 2:14)