BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The primary role and function of the Board of Trustees is to provide oversight to the operational and financial health of the church, provide support to the Senior Pastor and Executive Staff, protect the church by presiding over issues that could cause disharmony, and pray for the spiritual and physical well-being of the church body. Trustees model the values and mission of La Jolla Community Church.
Kepa and his family have been active members at La Jolla Community Church since 2008. Kepa serves as an usher, has led the Raising a Modern-Day Knight class, served on the ECS Preschool Board and is a former Board of Trustee. Kepa has a passion for family ministries and volunteers as much as possible in events and activities that build Christ-centered families at La Jolla Community Church. Kepa was also a part of the first Y-Malawi mission trip and continues his passion for missions by sponsoring children through World Vision.
Professionally, Kepa works at UC San Diego and has been there for nine years. His positions have focused on delivering technical training, professional development, and change management. Prior to employment at UC San Diego, Kepa was co-owner with an after-school tutoring company that provided basic skills instruction for children who were behind in school.
Kepa has been happily married to Cara since 2000 and has three children, Isaiah, Malachi, and Anaiah.
Barbara Garber is a founding member of La Jolla Community Church. She was the very first employee at the church, and later became a trustee from 2009 to 2011. She is a member of a life group at LJCC and serves on the Benevolence Team.
Barbara has been involved in many volunteer and ministry activities throughout her life. She served as a volunteer and staff member in Youth Ministries, Congregational Life and Caring Ministries, as well as on the Young Life Committee in Washington. She’s participated in numerous mission trips to Tijuana to build houses with high school students.
Most of Barbara’s professional career was in the retail arena where she was a sportswear buyer and general store manager. She currently works as an office manager for Shell Energy.
Barbara and her husband, Mike, have two children, Chad and Cara. They feel blessed to attend church with their daughter and son-in-law, Cara and Kepa Francisco, and three grandchildren. Their son, Chad, and his wife live in Manhattan.
Diane Jemmett is a founding member of La Jolla Community Church and has been involved with several key programs throughout the years. She has facilitated a Wednesday evening Bible Study for the past two years, and helps with Pathways to Faith classes for those interested in having a clearer understanding of Christianity. Diane was part of the Spiritual Growth Committee for the Alive and Growing project, and has been a discussion leader for Community Bible Study and Bible Study Fellowship. She has also mentored women periodically for the last 40 years.
Raised in a main-line church, Diane made a personal decision to follow Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was 14 years old. She began reading the Bible and became a student leader for Campus Crusade for Christ throughout her time in college.
Diane is passionate about helping people grow in their faith through Bible Study, prayer and the encouragement of other believers. She lives in La Jolla, works as an executive recruiter, and is married with two grown sons.
Tom has attended LJCC for the past several years and became a member in 2015. He participated in the Rooted program and then became a facilitator for another Rooted group of married couples the following year. He also attended the Wild at Heart weekend.
Tom’s business background includes 25 years on the commercial side of a major biopharmaceutical company. Blessed with the opportunity to retire early, he transitioned to teaching math and coaching sports and fitness at The Evans School in La Jolla. Tom volunteers his time there and enjoys the opportunity to “go to school” with his youngest daughter.
Tom and his wife, Debbie, married in 1998 and live in Bird Rock with their two daughters, Christie and Janie. They enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, skiing and other adventures. Tom has also been a volunteer teacher for blind skiers and those with spinal cord injuries at the Southern California Adaptive Ski School.
He looks forward to serving the church as a trustee and seeing how God will use him in unique and meaningful ways.
Dave has been an active member of LJCC since its inception. Most recently Dave’s involvement includes supporting the AV staff by running slides for worship services and building houses in Mexico for Project Mercy. He previously served as an usher and led a life group.
Professionally, Dave is a Senior Vice President at NetApp, a storage and data management company in the Bay Area. He holds a BS in Chemistry and an MBA, both from Cal Poly, Pomona.
Dave and Robyn have been happily married for 23 years and have one son together, Charles who is completing his degree in computer science. Dave also has another son, Chris from a previous marriage. Dave and Robyn live in La Jolla and both enjoy exercise including running, spin classes and skiing.
Dave’s passion continues to be helping needy families in Mexico by building housing with Project Mercy. What’s most amazing about the experience is not only the blessing the group is able to provide to the family but the way in which God blesses each group that goes down and helps build a home.
Scott and his wife Betsy are founding members of La Jolla Community Church and Scott was on the first Board of Trustees. He served for 4 years and was Board Chairman for 3 ½ years. He is an active member of a life group and serves on the prayer team. Scott has been head of Generous Giving since before the church started.
He is retired from business after leading several small companies following a 35-year career with Hewlett Packard. Highlights while with HP were establishing the color ink jet printing business in San Diego and founding the company site and business in Barcelona, Spain.
Scott and Betsy have been married for 46 years. They have one child, Philip, married with three grandchildren and now living in Kansas City.
Mark Paulson and his wife, Kerry, have attended LJCC since 2015 and became members in 2016. Mark’s professional career includes eighteen years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, currently working as their national campaign director, and previously serving as an area director and campus staff member in Minnesota. For six years, Mark also worked independently in corporate marketing, residential real estate, and as a leadership development coach.
Mark and Kerry married in 1998 and live in a wonderful University City neighborhood with their two boys, Riley and Logan. Mark and Kerry enjoy hikes, the beach, youth sports and finding good restaurants.
At LJCC, Mark and Kerry lead a life group and Mark also serves as an usher. Their boys are fully plugged into youth groups and enjoy the Surf Shack, beach days, winter retreat and numerous creative activities put on by the church.
Nicole Pearson, her husband Bill and son, Trent, have been actively attending LJCC since 2010. Nicole is active in a women’s life group. She has participated in the building of the Puente de Vida School in Ensenada, Mexico. She also serves on coffee crew, and fills in with Sunday announcements as needed. She was active on the Missions Committee in the Alive and Growing strategic planning process.
Nicole grew up in Arizona and relocated to San Diego 15 years ago after graduating from ASU. Nicole has worked in fund development for various non-profits her entire career. Upon discovering her passion for international Missions work, she joined a small non-profit called Outside the Bowl, located in Oceanside. Nicole is currently working as a Community Engagement Leader at Thrivent Financial.
Nicole and her family feel so blessed to call LJCC their church home. Since joining, they’ve grown tremendously in their faith by acting on the serving opportunities presented to them. They’ve also built lifelong friendships that they’re so grateful for. Nicole, Bill and Trent can often be found at any local surf break, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation with friends.
Richard Sharpe and his wife Carol and have been members of LJCC since its inception in 2005. Throughout the years, Rich has served on the Audit committee, the Church Physicality committee, the Alive and Growing executive committee and currently serves on the Building committee. He has been studying Scripture and Christian literature in life groups for more than ten years.
Rich retired in 2012 after 35 years in the accounting and financial sector. His professional experience includes being president of a life insurance company and chief operating officer for an investment holding company.
He and his wife Carol have four children spread across both coasts and the Midwest. They enjoy visiting them frequently.
Rich grew up in a family of faith, and participated in Christian youth groups throughout his childhood. He passed on that practice to his own kids, and seeing God work in his own family has strengthened his personal relationship with the Lord.
Roger has been attending LJCC since 2015 and along with his wife, Erin, has immersed himself in the LJCC family since then. He has found that he has become thoroughly involved in the church’s mission by his active involvement in the “Raising Modern-Day Knight” group for dads, life groups, trips to Mexico building homes, and fellowship with the many members. Roger has been married to Erin since 2000 and they have two children, Jacob (14) and Arden (11), both of whom truly enjoy the Junior High Ministry led by Kyle. In fact, the Children’s Ministry was the initial attraction for Roger and his family to LJCC—only to find it was the beginning of many wonderful treasures here.
Professionally, Roger is a Retired Navy Officer of 21 years and a Professor of Urology at UC San Diego, directing the Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center and Endourology Fellowship program. He loves the teaching mission there and also finds time to serve as Unit Chairman for Jacob’s Boy Scout Troop and as Arden’s softball coach. Personally, he surfs weekly with many of the church members (and Jacob), as well as mentoring youth who attend LJCC.