Rusty Brian - Lead Pastor

Rusty began as Lead Pastor in May 2017. He previously pastored in Washington, Idaho, Kansas City, and Arkansas. He's a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University (2002, B.A. in Bible & Christian Ministries), Nazarene Theological  Seminary (2005, M.Div.), and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (2011, Ph.D. Theology & Ethics). He also spent time at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland during the pursuit of  his Ph.D.

 

Rusty has been married to his wife Lauren for over 16 years. Together the two have three children: Lily (7), Rowan (4), and Daisy (1). As a result, they don't get a lot of sleep. Consequently, they both love coffee!


Rusty also teaches courses in theology at Northwest Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary and has published several books on theology. 


Besides all of this, Rusty loves fly fishing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, lifting weights, sports, reading, music, and traveling (especially with Lauren). 

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Janelle Maher - Pastor of Community & Connectional Ministries

Janelle joined the church staff as Office Manager in August 2015. After discerning a call to vocational ministry she began serving in the role of Associate Pastor in July 2017. She previously taught preschool in Concord and Martinez. She graduated from California State University East Bay (2017, B.A. in Human Development) and is enrolled in her second year at Nazarene Theological Seminary pursuing her Master's of Divinity.


Janelle is very blessed to have a loving and supportive family. She enjoys leading youth ministry alongside her youngest sister Emily, and lives for frequent visits to San Diego to visit her younger sister Rachel, brother-in-law James and niece Annalyn who is absolutely her favorite- and most photographed- human being on the planet. She very much looks forward to visits with her older sister Christina and brother-in-law Giovanni who live in Los Angeles. Janelle likes animals- particularly dogs- and is falling in love with the family's new chocolate lab puppy, Bailey.


When Janelle is not serving in ministerial roles or completing work for her full courseload of classes, she also nannies. Consequently she ALSO adores coffee, so long as it isn't served black! 


Janelle loves art, reading, watching movies (especially at the drive-in), singing karaoke, telling stories around campfires, marveling at the beauty of nature, playing board games, cooking, and roadtrips! Her more adventurous side really has a blast riding ATVs and sailing, but she doesn't do these often since she owns neither. She loves sharing a good conversation, especially over a plate of tacos or a bowl of pho. Although her full and fulfilling schedule doesn't afford much downtime, she tries to make the most of every opportunity to share life with the wonderful people she's blessed to call friends.

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