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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 and Small Groups

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 >

Andre Hudson

Pastor of Worship/Music

I have always been passionate about worship. Growing up in a household where my father and mother both were choir directors and musicians. God started preparing me at a very young age in what I would find out later to… More >

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 >

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
Palms Christian Store Manager

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

Director of Student 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 >

Michael Thomas

Director of Children’s Ministry

I am excited to join New Venture as the new Director of Children’s Ministry. My goal is to present the Gospel in a clear, fun and dynamic way, so that children can learn about God and grow in relationship with Him! More >

Hilary Osterberg

Nursery & Early Childhood Director

Some have said “when God closes a door, He opens a window.” What I take from that quote is this: undoubtedly He leads us, but you can bet it will always be an adventure! More >

Candace Cutsinger

Kid’s World Elementary Director

I am so excited for starting a new adventure here at New Venture as the Director of Elementary Students. My passion is to reach and teach children how to love God and how to worship Him. More >

Lorein Brightwell

Human Resource Director

I moved to southern California begrudgingly in 1985, but after three days…what’s not to like?! I truly thank God everyday for the paradise in which I live. More >

Anna McGurk

Church Accountant

Most of my life has been spent in California, the most recent 25 of those, in the uncharacteristic (SoCal) clime of Big Bear at an elevation of 6500’. We moved to Oceanside… More >

Kim Kochergen

Executive Assistant to NVCF Senior Pastor Shawn Mitchell

I was born and raised in a Christian home in Fresno, CA. I fell in love with Southern California while attending college at Azusa Pacific University. After College I got my first job in…More >

Raul Juvera

Operations Manager

I am from Northern California born in San Jose and lived in the Central Valley as well. I moved to San Diego about 10 years ago and have loved everyday since. I spent the early part of my career…More >

Robbin Horn

Administrative Director of Special Events & Assimilation

I have been married to a wonderful man, Jeremy since we were 20 years old, we have been blessed with 4 beautiful children, Daniel, MacKenzie, Michael and Ayden. The Lord has not only…More >

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 >

Autumn Plunk

Administrative Assistant: Pastoral Staff

I was born and raised Southern California. Lived up in Redding for a year where I attended Bethel’ s Ministry School. As much as I love Southern California…More >

Kimberly DeVoy-Rivera

Advancement Manager

Winston Churchill once said, “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give…” I couldn’t agree more especially because God has given me this opportunity as the Operations Manager to… More >

Christine Walla

Café Manager and Special Tours

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 >

Jodi Kirkwood

Jodi Kirkwood

Creative Manager

I am very blessed to serve New Venture as the Creative Manager and finally be able to use my talents and gifts for the Lord! I never thought I would be able to work with a great team creating all types of graphics… 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 >

Dan Elliot

Technical Director

I am so blessed to be afforded the opportunity to use my gifts here at New Venture. It is my call and personal goal to enable and encourage God’s people to experience what He has for them; to give them the closest… More >

Steven Spencer

Venture Sports & Rec Director / NVCS Coach

Steven Spencer has been a proud member of New Venture Christian Fellowship for over twenty-one years. Growing up in Oceanside, CA, Steven has had the honor and privilege of learning under the guidance and spiritual leadership of Senior Pastor, Shawn Mitchell. 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 >