Pastor 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 >

Pastor 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 >

Pastor 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 >

Pastor 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 >

Pastor 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 >

Pastor Tony Hook

Pastor of Young Adult Ministry & Men’s Ministry, Manager of The Palms Christian Store, & Director of Frontlines

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 >

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 >

Pastor 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 >

Brittany Hawk

Administrative Office Assistant

I was born and raised in Sunny San Diego by my two amazing parents. I met Jesus in the winter of 2013… 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 >

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 >

Maya Brewer

Executive Administrative Assistant
Business Office

I have been blessed with 5 beautiful children. Watching them grow and leading them to the Lord has been a great joy. Becoming part of the New Venture family has also been a great blessing. More >

Keith Williams

Kid’s World Director

I was born and raised in southern California. I enlisted in the Marine Corps following graduation in 1976 and served on active duty for 30 years before retiring as a Sergeant Major in… 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 >