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 >

Jon Gerlach

Campus Pastor, New Venture City Church
Athletic Director, Expect Amazing Fitness

I was raised on the East Coast, I went to college in the Midwest, and then God sent me to New Venture. No matter where I go, God is faithful to me. I am blessed beyond what I can even…More >

Robert McFaden

Pastor of Partnership & Ministry

I was born and raised in San Diego; the South Bay to be specific. I met my wife in high school in 1991. On Easter 1999, 3 months after the birth of my first child, Kylie, I gave my life to the Lord and have been running non-stop towards him ever since….More >

James Schrader

Pastor of Worship & Creative Arts

“How can I say thanks for all the things You have done for me? Things so undeserved yet You gave to prove Your love for me.” They say there are two important dates in one’s life… More >

Thom Fleming

Pastor of Church Ministries & Facilities

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 >

Johnny Martinez

Pastor of Community Outreach

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 >

Rick Handloser

Pastor of Family Ministries

I was born in Arkansas and I am the 8th child in my family. I got saved in Bolivia, South America. I went from selling… More >

Matt Swisshelm

Pastor of Student Ministries

I grew up in a big, loving, European home. God was always in the center of my family, but He was— in my opinion— just for Grandma… More >

Joey Lopez

Pastor of Student Ministries

I love working for God, I am so passionate for His things! I grew up in a lovely home where you smelled… 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 >

Scott Moore

Media & Technical Director, Sound Engineer

Media production is fascinating to me, especially when it all comes together and can actually have an impact on someone’s life.​ More >

Michaela Diaz

Front Office Assistant

We all have a story to tell…and I’m on a journey with the Lord. More >

Mercy Johnson

Media Ministry Technician

I was born in 1996 and I don’t think there has been a non-sketchy moment since. After that my family grew with…​ More >

Nicole Welty

Pre-School Director

I was born and raised in Orange County and moved to San Diego in 2004. God Immediately called me to Redeemer by the Sea where I taught Kindergarten for 10 Years. During that time I met my husband and… More >

Amy Bartlett

Adjunct Director Marketing and Innovation

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 >

Taylor Petrich

Taylor Petrich

Graphic Artist & Design Project Manager

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 & Videographer

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 >

Rick Dowling

Graphics Associate & Print Production Manager

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 >

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 >