BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The primary role and function of the Board 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. Board 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.
Mike began attending LJCC several years before he became a member in 2015. He has been involved in Bible study groups for most of his adult life, and has led Bible studies on and off. He has also been a Board member of Santa Fe Christian Schools.
Mike has been married for 26 years to Christy and has two adult children, Tommy and Kevin.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve LJCC and Steve, and am open to whatever capacity that might be in.”
Mike feels most alive in Christ when he is spending time with other believers.
Dick Chapel and his wife, Penny, have been attending LJCC since 2010. Dick has been an active member of a men’s life group, and has participated in Project Mercy homebuilding projects and the building of the Puente de Vida School in Ensenada, Mexico. He was active on the Leadership Committee in the Alive and Growing strategic planning process and is involved in the implementation phase on the Management and Procedures team.
Dick grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He attended Northern Arizona University on a basketball scholarship. He worked for the YMCA for more than 40 years, starting as program director and retiring as Executive Vice President/COO in 2011.
Both Dick and Penny love their involvement with La Jolla Community Church. It has helped to strengthen their faith and they feel they are blessed to be on a journey to serve Christ. Dick and Penny have a blended family, five adult children and 10 grandchildren. They both enjoy golf, short trips to the desert and family get-togethers.
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.
Michael was raised in a Christian home where he was trained up to love and serve the Lord, and where daily “quiet time” and study of God’s Word was encouraged and modeled by his parents. The family attended an Episcopal church during those exciting years of spiritual renewal beginning in the early 1960s in which thousands in the liturgical denominations were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Holding an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (Boeing 737 type-rating) and an MBA in Financial Management, Michael’s professional background is in the military, aviation and corporate world. His credentials notwithstanding, Michael’s spiritual gifts are clearly in the area of shepherding, pastoring, mercy and encouragement, which are reflected in his involvement in ministry throughout his life to senior citizens and children, pastoral care, as well as Rooted and Life Group facilitation. Michael has transitioned to his “second journey” in which he plans to devote the remainder of his life to working with children. He founded Excelsior Chess, a business that provides “faith-based” extracurricular chess programming at schools throughout San Diego County, where he serves the Lord and community by “pastoring” these children, their families and the chess coaches who work for him.
Michael’s passion is to come alongside others as an encourager, training them up to love and serve the Lord through a personal Spirit-empowered walk with Him, an understanding of their spiritual gifts, the regular study of His Word and an awareness of the world around them and how it relates to prophecy and God’s historic and future dealings with humanity.
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.
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.
Paula Mulford and her husband, Rand, have been active members at LJCC since 2009. Paula has lead a Life Group, delivered two congregational Who’s Who in the Zoo programs, conducted several professional development workshops for the staff and faculty of the preschool, trained Rooted Group Leaders in Facilitation Skills, served on the Leadership Alive and Growing task force and participated in the pilot Rooted program.
Professionally, Paula conducts corporate professional development programs primarily in the areas of communication, leadership, team building, credibility, customer service, role clarity, time management and business etiquette. She is frequently asked to be a keynote speaker.
Paula and Rand have been married 28 years. They count as one of their biggest treasures the close friendships they have made at LJCC and they are most grateful for Pastor Steve Murray’s ministry and leadership in growing their faith.
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 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.