Ryan Paulson is a passionate Jesus follower, husband and dad. He is honored to serve Jesus as the Lead Pastor at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, and finds great joy and purpose teaching the scriptures. He loves to creatively communicate the timeless truths of scripture in a relevant and culturally engaging way.
Human Resource Director/Corporate Secretary
Alanna Dunaway has a Liberal Arts Degree with a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Cal State University San Marcos. Before working at Emmanuel Faith she was a Human Resource Manager for defense contractor SAIC and then a stay-at-home mom for 10 years.
Cyndie de Neve
Senior Creative Director
Cyndie Claypool de Neve is the author of “God-Confident Kids: Helping Your Children Find True Purpose, Passion and Peace” and the co-author of “Unshaken,” “Raise Them Up” and the devotional “Start with Praise.” Along with her background in marketing communications, she has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a Lay Counselor at EFCC.
Daniel (D-Rose) was raised in Escondido and at EFCC. He graduated from Biola University in 2016 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Daniel formerly served on the production and youth ministry staffs at Forest Home Christian Camp, and previously served at EFCC as a junior high intern in 2014.
Pastor of Worship
Dave joined the Emmanuel Faith community in 2012 and loves making music, leading people in worship, and, most of all, is passionate about teaching, mentoring and training worship leaders. Dave is married to Luanne and has three wonderful children — who are all married — and the most beautiful granddaughter.
Diane Belnap graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Information Technology, focusing on financial systems and accounting. While working as a financial systems programmer and project manager for a major computer manufacturer, she completed the MBA program at the University of San Diego.
Pastor of Spanish Ministries
Esteban Tapia was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. He has been married to his wife, Jemima, since 1997 and has two daughters, Adaly and Aneth. Esteban joined the EFCC staff in April 2014 as the Pastor of Spanish Ministries.
Pastor of Life Stages
Born and raised in Escondido, Greg went on to study BioMedicine at U.C. Riverside. After a transfer to Westmont College, he graduated with a B.A. in Business/Economics and then received his Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary. He first started working for Emmanuel Faith in 1977.
Hector Morales was born and raised in Escondido, CA, and grew up attending Emmanuel Faith and Iglesia Latina Emanuel, a Spanish-language church plant of EFCC. Hector served in our Junior High Ministry while in college at Cal State San Marcos and joined the Emmanuel Faith staff in 1997.
Pastor of Men’s Ministry & Resonate
Jeremy was born and raised in Escondido and grew up attending EFCC. Following Jesus was an important aspect of his life whether as a child dealing with health issues, as a young adult stuck in a foreign country or as a business consultant while supporting a family.
Jessica grew up in the small town of Columbia in Northern California. She returned to San Diego to attend SDSU and graduated in 2000 with a B.S. degree in Child & Family Development. She continued her education a few years later and obtained an M.A. in Education in 2005.
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
Jim had the pleasure of growing up in states all along the southern border of the United States, finally settling down in Escondido in 1998. He and his wonderful wife, Sundee, met where they attended church in Arizona and married in 1986.
Junior High Pastor
John graduated from Bethel University in 1994 with a B.A. in Organizational Studies and from Liberty Seminary in 2008 with an M.A. in Religion, Church Ministries Emphasis. Married since 1992 to Christy, a teacher and curriculum writer, they have two sons, Luke and Blake.
Director of Communications
An Escondido native, John graduated from San Pasqual High School in 1986. He attended Palomar College and later graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1992 with a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in writing emphasis.
Pastor of Adult Ministries
Husband of Beth and proud father of Caleb, Alli and Josiah, Josh was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. Josh’s spiritual journey began at a young age, but it wasn’t until high school, through the ministry of Young Life, that he made the decision to follow Jesus.
Director of Biblical Counseling Ministries
Kathy was born and raised in Escondido. She trusted Jesus as her Savior at EFCC in 1966, and she began regularly attending EFCC in 1973. She graduated from UCSD in 1983 with a B.A. in psychology and also received her M.S. in Counseling from SDSU in 1989.
Inside Maintenance Director
Kevin is a born and raised San Diego native who met his wonderful wife Kim in 1977 while they were working for Youth for Christ. Kevin and Kim married in 1979 and have attended Emmanuel Faith since 1981 after graduating from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Psychology.
Lori grew up in Chicago and loved the big city, but when it was time for college, off she went to John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. She was involved in several musical groups and graduated with a degree in Music Education.
New Pastor of Outreach Ministries, Luke Bajenski, joined our staff in September of 2020. Luke grew up in Poland, and brings a wealth of ministry experience in global outreach, local outreach and church planting, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Director of Women’s Ministries
Lynette was born and raised in Escondido, and grew up attending Emmanuel Faith. She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Spanish.
Global Outreach Director
Missy grew up in God’s blessed country known as Encinitas, CA. She is pursuing an M.A. from NorthWest University in International Community Development. The Lord called her to a life of ministry in middle school when she learned that over one billion people have never heard Jesus’ name.
Director of Faith Kids
Nicole is a southern California native who moved to Escondido in 1982. During college she spent a year studying at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and later graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in bilingual education.
Director of Outside Maintenance
Ron was born in Newport Beach, CA, and raised in Imperial Valley. Growing up, he worked at his family’s aerial crop spraying business. His dad was the pilot, and the rest of the family assisted in the daily operation.
Young Adults Pastor
Ryan graduated from Biola University in 2014 with a degree in Biblical & Theological Studies. He has worked at EFCC since October 2017. Ryan is passionate about pushing the Christian movement forward in his own generation of 18-29 year olds.
Pastor of Discipleship Ministries
Born and raised in Alta Loma, CA, Scott came to San Diego to attend UCSD. After graduating with a degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science, he entered the work world for ten years before entering vocational ministry.
High School Pastor
Seth was born and raised in Escondido, CA. He came to Escondido at the age of 4 and attended Oak Hill Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Rincon Middle, and graduated from Escondido High in 2006. Afterwards, he attended San Diego State University graduating in 2010.
Since 1996, Tom has served as the Technical Director at EFCC, where he combines his love for music and technology with serving the Lord. Escondido born and raised, his passion for music and providing behind-the-scenes tech started at a young age.