Lead Pastor

Ryan Paulson

Lead Pastor

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. 

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Pastors & Directors

Alanna Dunaway

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.

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Chip Whitman

Pastor of Care & Counseling

Chip was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Vancouver, Washington, after graduating from LIfe Pacific University to become one of the pastors at New Hope Community Church. He served three years there and then moved to Portland, Oregon, to become the pastor of Parkrose Christian Center.

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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.

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Daniel Rose

Production Director

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. 

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Dave Hook

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. 

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Diane Belnap

Finance Director

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. 

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Esteban Tapia

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.

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Greg Lane

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.

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Hector Morales

Connections Pastor

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.

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Jeremy Johnson

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.

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Jessica Feliciano

Preschool Director

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.

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Jim North

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.

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John Riley

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.

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John Roberts

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.

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Josh Rose

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.

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Kathy Moratto

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.

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Kevin Gavin

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.

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Lori Smith

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.

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Lynette Fuson

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.

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Missy Bell

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.

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Nicole Jiles

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.

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Ron Preston

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.

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Ryan Lunde

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.

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Scott Smith

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.

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Seth Redden

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.

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Tom Wade

Technical Director

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.

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