Pastor Search CommitteeThe Lead Pastor Search Team worked closely with Vanderbloemen, an experienced Christian executive search firm specializing in Senior Pastor searches. The Elder Board spent extensive time working with the Search Team and the Vanderbloemen team to ensure they had a complete understanding of the vision and needs of Emmanuel Faith Community Church as
the Search Team conducted the process. Four members of the Search Team were
simultaneously serving on the EFCC Elder Board and provided regular monthly reporting to the Elders. After interviewing the qualified candidates presented by Vanderbloemen and conducting extensive research on the candidates, the Search Team unanimously recommended the candidate to the Elder Board, who prayerfully and unanimously affirmed the recommendation and approved his candidacy as the next Lead Pastor.

(Scroll down for a list of the committee members and their bios. CLICK HERE for information about our Elder Board and a list of our current Elder Board members.)



4/29/18 First Search Team (ST) meeting; received "Search" book; made decision to use a Christian executive search firm.
ST reviewed 4 possible search firms, as well as the job description.
ST identified Vanderbloemen executive search firm as the top choice; entered contract later that month.
ST prepared initial information for Vanderbloemen site visit to EFCC
Vanderbloemen site visit at EFCC to gain a comprehensive understanding of our culture, ministry philosophy, history, and our priorities for the next lead pastor; they met with the ST, Board of Elders and the staff.
ST met; lead pastor job posting went live via Vanderbloemen firm.
ST met twice per month in January & February to stay up to date with Vanderbloemen's work & to provide them with helpful feedback as they vetted ~150 applicants, as well as to discuss timeline and communication plans.
Vanderbloemen presented the top 6 candidates to the ST in person.
Skype interviews with all 6 candidates.
Met to debrief and narrowed list to 4 candidates by: researching current churches’ websites, current churches’ statements of faith, personal social media accounts; reviewing resumes, listed influences, interview notes; listening to various sermons from each candidate; and of course lots of prayer (keeping in mind the key criteria).
Second interviews with 4 candidates via Skype; prayer and debrief.
ST discussed and narrowed to 2 candidates as the best qualified and the best fit for EFCC.
4/6-7, 4/13-14
Hometown visits to the candidates’ churches: had dinner with each candidate and their spouse in person on consecutive weekends, visited the 2 churches to observe the services, their preaching, their relationship with congregation and to get a first-hand feel for the church and their leadership style.
ST debriefed visits and unanimously designated our top candidate.
ST had final interview with top candidate & spouse in person, resulting in unanimous recommendation to the Board of Elders.
ST presented Board of Elders with top candidate's name.
ST gave a process and progress report to the Elders, including information on our top
candidate. Elders submitted questions to candidate.
ST officially presented their recommendation of 1 Lead Pastor candidate to the Board of
Elders. Elders conducted Skype interview with the candidate. After much discussion and prayer, the Elders voted to unanimously recommended the Lead Pastor Candidate to the EFCC congregation. 
Congregation informed that the Search Team has recommended a Lead Pastor
candidate to the Elders, and the Elders unanimously recommended that candidate to the
congregation; announced that the candidate will preach on June 1/2 followed by a vote June 2 at 4 p.m.
Congregation given the name of the recommended candidate.
5/9-6/2 Candidate Ryan Paulson and his family spend time meeting and getting to know our EFCC family with a variety of meetings and town halls.
Ryan preaches, followed by a congregational vote by members on June 2 at 4 p.m. where 95% of voting members affirm the Board of Elder's recommendation to call Ryan Paulson to be our next Lead Pastor.
6/4 Ryan accepts the position! 
8/1 Ryan Paulson will start as EFCC's fifth Lead Pastor in it's 80-year history.


Jaisen Fuson (Committee Chair) 
and his wife, Lynette, have been at EFCC since childhood, but they met while serving as youth interns. Jaisen attended Talbot School of Theology, was a pastor for 8 years, and for the last 16 years has been serving as a Navy Chaplain. He is an Elder and Chair of the
Lead Pastor Search Team. They have 4 sons; the twins recently graduated college and the
younger two are still living at home.

Kalani Jones
 and his wife, Helen, have been married over 37 years. Their family started attending EFCC in 2000. Kalani is currently involved in Faith Kids, The Bridge, Journey of Hope Refugee Ministry, Middle East Collaborative Team, and is privileged to serve on the Elder Board. He and his wife have 4 children and 6 grandkids – with more on the way!

Steve Nelson 
and his wife, Amy, came to EFCC in 1993, while Doc Strauss was preaching for his final Sundays with the church. Steve has been involved in pastoral search teams for EFCC’s church plants, including Faith Community, Mission Hills, Julian, Orchard, and the Spanish-language Ministry at EFCC. They have two college-age sons and two high school daughters.

Anna Nielsen 
started attending EFCC in the 1990s after going to winter camp with the Jr. High Ministry. After college, she moved back to Escondido and later married Austin at EFCC. She has been involved in Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) and MOMSNext, and has served in various roles with Womens’ Ministry. She and Austin currently lead FACES, the Adoption and Foster Care Ministry. They have three children:  Corbin (7), Mila (6), and Leo (5).

Francie Overstreet 
has been married to David for 52 years and began attending EFCC in 1964. She served in children’s ministry for over 50 years as both a former EFCC Children’s Ministry Director and a Global Outreach missionary. She and David have two children and six grandchildren.

Tara Quicke
 has attended EFCC since 1996 in her Jr. High years. She was the High School
Women’s Director at EFCC for 5 years and has also served in high school ministry, musical
worship, and currently in Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) leadership. She and her husband,
Matt, have been married for 10 years and have two children – a 6-year-old son and 3-year-old
daughter, with another on the way.

Zack Swinscoe 
and his wife, Linda, have been at EFCC since 1981. Zack was previously the Director of Ministry to Men and currently serves as an Elder.

Jemima Tapia
hasbeen part of EFCC since 2014. She serves in the Spanish-language Ministry with her husband, Pastor Esteban. They have been married for 21 years and have 2 daughters.

Todd Willer has been attending EFCC since the early 1990s. He has served in the Apologetics ministry, teaching adult Sunday School classes, and is involved in the [email protected] ministry. Todd and his wife Pam have four children: Elliott (13), Evie (9), Daylia (8) and Cyrus (6).

Jason Wright
has been attending EFCC for 18 years. He currently serves as an Elder and is involved with the Global Outreach department. Jason and his wife Karin are part of the Foundation Adult Fellowship and are a host family with the church’s Safe Families for Children ministry. They have two young boys and spend a lot of family time at the ballfields.

Werner Jacobsen served as an ex-officio member of the Search Team, contributing as the Chair of the Board of Elders through the recent end of his term. Werner and his wife Dorothy have been members of EFCC since 1986, and have 3 daughters and 11 grandchildren. Werner will continue to serve as a member of the Transition Team as the church prepares for its historic change in senior leadership.