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Senior Pastor, Rock Church
Pastor Miles McPherson played four years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers from 1982- 1985. During that time he became addicted to cocaine. After his second season in the NFL, he committed his life to Christ and stopped doing drugs in one day. Miles went to work as a Youth Pastor for Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego and enrolled in Azusa Pacific University's School of Theology. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1991. In 1992, McPherson founded Miles Ahead, a non-profit organization that reaches out to youth around the globe with the Gospel. Since its inception, more than 45,000 young people have given their lives to the Lord. In 2000, he started the Rock Church. The Rock has consistently been one of the nation's fastest growing and largest churches, according to Outreach Magazine. Currently more than 12,000 people attend one of the Rock's five weekend services. His newest book, DO Something is designed to equip people to take Christ's love to the streets and make a difference in their community.
Executive Director, Global Frontiers Project
Rick Dunn has two decades of leadership experience in church and Para-Church ministries focusing on discipling, training and deploying leaders to fulfill their calling and advance the Great Commission around the world. Pastor Dunn also served as the Associate Director of "Finishing the Task". This movement seeks to enlist churches to take the responsibility for 631 Unengaged Unreached People Groups throughout the world. Rick and his wife Mary-Beth also founded a small missions agency called Global Frontiers Project with the focus of bringing the Gospel to the corners of the world. Rick and his wife Mary-Beth reside in San Diego, California. They have three sons Tucker, Ty and Joseph (Trey). In his free time Rick enjoys paddle boarding and spending time with his family.
Head Pastor, Beach Chapel
Larry Peltier is the Senior Pastor of Beach Chapel in Encinitas, California starting in 1995. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Graduate School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Larry served twenty years at Horizon Christian Fellowship, including twelve years as both Director of the Horizon School of Evangelism and Director of Missions, and also serving on the International Evangelism team organizing Schools of Evangelism and Festivals of Life in many different foreign countries. Previous to his coming to El Camino, Larry pastored Horizon Park Chapel in downtown San Diego for 2 1/2 years. He has standing ordinations in both Horizon International Ministries and in the Wesleyan Church, where he serves on the Board of Administration for the Pacific Southwest District. Pastor Larry has been the Board Chairman for other ministries such as The Most Excellent Way and Care House Life Ministries. At IMPACT195 School of Ministry, Larry has taught classes on the book of Jonah and also Old & New Testament Survey. He has been married for over forty years to his wife Holly, and has three children and six grandchildren.
East County Pastor, Rock Church
Ricky Page received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Briercrest College. He went on to attend Azusa Pacific University, where he received a Masters of Art in Pastoral Studies. Over the past 22 years, Ricky has been in full time pastoral ministry, with his areas of specialization being in youth and college-aged ministry, as well as evangelism. Since its launch, Ricky has given various guest teachings at IMPACT195 School of Ministry. For Ricky, his favorite thing is spending time with his wife Nova and son Elisha. Together, they love MLB, fishing, the beach, laughing at their pug Tank, playing Farkel at Starbucks, going to the movies, finding the best deals at swap meets, and Frisbee golf. Ricky has been married for 16 years to Nova, they have a son Elisha, 11 years old.
Founder, Far Reaching Ministries
Wes Bentley, a former Marine, first traveled to Africa in 1996. Crossing crocodile infested rivers and wadding barefoot through swamps he delivered food, medicine, clothing and hope to predominantly Christian native people in South Sudan, where rebel soldiers continue to fight the Islamic government for greater autonomy. After much prayer, he was convinced that God gave him a vision to reach the continent of Africa and he established Far Reaching Ministries. The first step was to start a Biblical training center for chaplains in the SPLA which raised up men for the spiritual needs of an army that was fighting for freedom from forced Islamization. The second was to begin a child sponsorship program for the thousands of Sudanese refugees in Uganda. The third was the Children of War program. Far Reaching Ministries (FRM) opened all three projects in 1999. In 2000, Far Reaching Ministries constructed two Bible schools in Uganda and began working alongside two orphanages started by Kenyan nationals. FRM has been actively planting churches with both American and national pastors. Wes was also instrumental in getting American and national pastors on the radio daily in Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda to bring sound biblical teaching to the airwaves of Africa. In 2004 the Lord opened the door for Wes to begin a new work with the Night Commuter Children in Northern Uganda. His vision is to disciple and protect 40,000 to 50,000 women and children from the Lordâs Resistance Army (LRA).
Professor of Ministry & Chaplain, APU
Kevin W. Mannoia is Professor of Ministry and serves as Chaplain at Azusa Pacific University. In that capacity he developed and oversees the chaplaincy and spiritual care ministry of the faculty, staff, and graduate students. Prior to developing this new role, he served as Dean of Haggard School of Theology at APU, coming from his role as President of the National Association of Evangelicals. From his experience as a pastor, superintendent, bishop of the Free Methodist Church and President of the NAE, Mannoia brings his understanding of the church at a congregational, organizational, denominational, and national level to his ministry. As Founder and Chair of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, he brings expression of his call to leadership within the Church to the priority on transformation, unity, and leadership. While Mannoiaâs career has taken him around the nation and the world, he calls southern California home. He and Kathleen, his wife, live near Los Angeles. They have three children, Kristyn, Christopher and Corey.
Pastoral Director Interaction & Comm, Rock Church
Nathan Elson is a Christ follower, relentlessly obsessed with “better” and on a mission to see everyone around him be the best version of themselves possible. He serves as Pastoral Director of Interaction+Communication at Rock Church in San Diego. He thrives at leading creatives, stewarding communications, and striving to help Rock Church's congregation experience God in new ways every week. Over the past fifteen years Nathan has faithfully pursued his calling as a pastor and has shared life with his amazing wife Cheryl and two children Emaleena and Roman Xavier.