Shawn Mitchell

Senior Pastor

Shawn Mitchell is the Founding and Senior Pastor of New Venture Christian Fellowship and Schools in Oceanside, California, a dynamic church which he began with his wife and five others in 1989. More >

Roger VanDerWerken

Pastor of Discipleship

Roger grew up on a farm in Mohawk Indian country in upstate New York. In the years following High School, he lived for a year in the Netherlands as a Rotary Exchange student…More >

James Schrader

Pastor of Worship & Creative Arts

Thom Fleming

Pastor of Church Ministries

I began attending New Venture Christian Fellowship in the early 90’s. As the Word of God was spoken through Pastor Shawn it just seemed like someone was reading my mail. Since that very first service… More >

Peter Kennedy

Pastor of Small Groups

I grew up in Portland, Connecticut where I regularly attended an Episcopal Church. I joined the choir and later became an acolyte (altar) boy. After high school, I went to… More >

Johnny Martinez

Pastor of Community Outreach/Men’s Ministry

Words cannot express the joy that my wife Bonney and I are experiencing right now! We are honored to be part of New Venture Family. More >

Tony Hook

Young Adult Pastor
Online Pastor

I was born and raised in a loving home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While I was taught basic morals, I was never introduced to the giver of these morals, so I essentially had a non-Christian upbringing. After graduating… More >

Craig Olson

Pastor of Youth Ministries

I am an Orange County boy-born and raised-and grew up in a Christian home with a family who loved God and loved each other. I was at church for every youth event and service, both mid-week and Sunday. But when I … More >

Írineo Torres

Pastor of Spanish Ministry/Facilities

Hello, my name is Írineo Torres. I am married to my wife Elvia Torres, with 4 daughters I consider gifts from God: Anita, Daisy, Areli and Gisella. I want to say…More >

Lurdes “Lulu” Reynoso

Facilities Worker

I like to live every day as it was my last, making every moment count. I have three beautiful children, a very energetic granddaughter, and a husband that God has blessed me with. More >

Maya Brewer


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Kayla Reiling

Church Receptionist

God has opened doors for me here and given me the opportunity to use my gifts and strengths to serve the people at NVCF; I couldn’t be more excited! More >

Jenipher Hernandez-Cruz

Nursery & Early Childhood Director

My journey can be defined by two key words: prayer and faith. I have always prayed that God’s will be done in my life. This is exactly what God did when he moved my husband and I from a comfortable lifestyle in Puerto Rico to California where we …More >

Jessica Dorn

Preschool Director

Hi!!! I am a Mid-West girl at heart, born and raised in Michigan with 3 older brothers and a sister. I also have a 2 year old crazy kitty named Winston. I decided one year after graduation to come to California (my mom decided to tag along) in 2008, fell in love and… More >

Christine Walla

Special Events and Tour Manager

I was blessed to be brought up in a Christian home. My father was the Pastor of a church for 60+ years and retired at the age of 91. I have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. More >

Amy Bartlett

Director of Arts & Advisory Management

I was blessed to join New Venture as the church’s first Director of Communications. I have enjoyed growing in that position through the years, contributing to the development of new ministry under… More >

Rick Dowling

Graphics Associate and Print Production Coordinator

Everyday I thank the Lord for the miracle of His bringing me to New Venture. It is a privilege and a joy to be serving God with the New Venture family. Pastor Shawn is an inspiration and all of my co-workers here are sensational. More >

Taylor Petrich

Taylor Petrich

Graphic Artist

God is awesome. Seeing His mark on humanity has left me full of awe, especially His mark on my life. I would beMore >

Charles Vaughn

Video Producer

My family and I have been immensely blessed with being placed here by God at New Venture Christian Fellowship. My walk with God has mostly been one of ‘self’ till I met my lovely wife Ruth and she introduced me to… More >

Scott Moore

Media Director/Sound Engineer

Dennis Estill


I am constantly amazed at how God opens doors of opportunity and is able to use all things for good. Being a part of New Venture and having an opportunity to work with the amazing people on the staff is further proof that… More >