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Miles McPherson

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.

Rick Dunn

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.

Mickey Stonier

Pastoral Care & LIFE Pastor, Rock Church

Mickey Stonier’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Child Development form San Diego State University, a Master of Divinity degree from Azusa Pacific University, and a PhD in Marriage & Family Studies from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Mickey serves as Chaplain for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office, San Diego Harbor Police Department, Office of Emergency Services as well as Chaplain for the Spiritual Care Response Team as a member of the National Critical Response Team. Mickey also serves as part of The Rock’s pastoral team, overseeing the Save-Equip-Send ministry. The classes that Mickey has taught at IMPACT195 School of Ministry include the book of Proverbs, Biblical Relationships, and Doctrines. Since the launch of the School of Ministry, Mickey has and continues to serve through guest teachings for a variety of its events. Mickey and his wife Karen live in San Diego and have four children, Shiloh Caffrey, Michael, Julia, Madi, and three grandchildren.

Larry Peltier

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.

Scott Wessell

IMPACT195 School of Ministry Director

At five years old, Scott knew that God had called him into ministry. He followed that call to become a third generation pastor in his family. His passion is to teach Gods Word, see it transform people’s lives and have them step out in faith to impact the lives of others. He helped launch IMPACT195 School of Ministry in 2010 and now serves as Director of the program. Scott has his Masters in Religion from Liberty Theological Seminary. He is married to Dina Wessell and they have two wonderful children, Aiden and Callen.

Dave Brown

IMPACT195 Assistant Director

David Brown doubled majored in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of New Mexico and recently earned his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. David worked as a successful Mortgage Broker & Real Estate Investor for 5 years. As the twists and turns of the markets left David bankrupt in the world, God gave him an opportunity to grow rich in Christ. Months later he applied to study at a year long discipleship school where God bound up his heart and called him into full time ministry. David helped launch IMPACT195 School of Ministry in 2010 and has served in the outreach, academics, and mentoring departments, and currently serves in the role as IMPACT195 Assistant Director. He is part of the Pastoral Support Team at the Rock Church and has a passion for missions having led and co-led teams to the Sudan, Haiti (x2), Asia (x3), the Philippines, and India (x2). Dave is married and blessed to serve alongside his wife Melissa at IMPACT195.

Ricky Page

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.

Wes Bentley

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 Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Shawn Wagner

LIFE Pastor, Rock Church

Shawn graduated form Horizon School of Evangelism in 1999. He then moved to Utah as a missionary to the Mormons for five years. Currently, Shawn is studying at Horizon College San Diego for a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies. Serving at the Rock Church, Shawn is a Pastoral Care Pastor overseeing Altar Call, Care & Concern. He serves on the Pastoral Support Team, as well as New Believers Classes and Baptisms. He has taught classes on Hermeneutics, Biblical Apologetics, Mormonism, Book Study on Hebrews, Book Study on 123John, and BCF. Shawn has been married for thirteen years this February to his beautiful wife Adeena. Together, they have two children, Jeremiah who is three & Naomi who is ten. Shawn also has a 16-year-old daughter Lanai and they love watching movies together, going on vacation, and just being together. In his free time, Shawn also enjoys working on cars.

Arthur Benjamin

Pastoral Support Team, Rock Church

Arthur serves as a Pastoral Support team member. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary, while also working towards a Master of Divinity from Azusa Pacific University. He has been a licensed minister since March 2003. He has served as a small group leader. Arthur is a former Rock University instructor for classes on Galatians, Ephesians, James, & Luke. For IMPACT195 School of Ministry, he has taught classes on Hermeneutics: Biblical Interpretation, Homiletics: Art of Preaching, & the Book of Acts, while also giving various guest teachings. He enjoys teaching classes on books of the Bible as well as on Spiritual Disciplines, Leadership, Hermeneutics, Theology & Homiletics. Concerning hobbies, He enjoys spending time with his brothers in Christ either at the movies, out to eat, or just bowling. He loves going salsa dancing. He loves doing ministry. He has a huge heart for missions and for pastoral ministry.

Kevin Mannoia

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 Mannoia’s 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.

Sarah Pollard

IMPACT195 Academics Lead

Sarah's career began in pharmacy at the age of fifteen. After starting as a pharmacy clerk at an independent pharmacy during high school, she entered a pre-admission program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles which enabled her to complete minimal undergraduate requirements and receive her Doctorate of Pharmacy in just six years. Despite her success, after years of pursuing all the world had to offer, Sarah found her life to be empty and meaningless. After graduating from HSE in December 2009, she joined the team that founded IMPACT195 School of Ministry and served the last three and half years serving in the mentoring department. Recently, she joined the academics department where she serves as the Day Team Lead as well as overseer of the Ministry Track. Sarah has been married to fellow IMPACT195 Intern, Kalani Pollard, for close to two years. 

Mingo Palacios

Microsite Pastor, Rock Church

Mingo Palacios has a heart for people on the fringes of mainline society. He grew up in San Diego, and majored in Communications and Biblical Studies at San Diego Christian College. Mingo has been a part of Rock Church since it launched in 2000. He and his team focus on those who consider themselves no longer worthy of the church, or disqualified by their past experiences to belong to a community in pursuit of Jesus. Organizing nonconventional events and transforming unsuspecting spaces to establish community and a new concept of church, engaging individuals who are hesitant to be found within the traditional walls of a church. He currently is pioneering a project within Rock Church that marries outreach ministries with the Sunday worship experience via streaming technologies. The mission is to bring the Gospel to people far from the church, both physically and spiritually. Mingo also speaks throughout the year to students and young adults about the relentless love of Jesus and the hope of the Gospel. He and his wife, Fallon, who also works for Rock Church, were married in 2007, and have a young son named Bravery. 

Nathan Elson

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.

Estreanda Yates


Estreanda Yates received her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Estreanda has served in various functions of ministry at Rock Church over the last seven years— overseeing Rock Church Homeless Ministry, teaching at IMPACT195 School of Ministry and serving on the Rock Pastoral Care Ministry. Estreanda has worked in social services for the last eight years, overseeing and developing programs to teach people how to live, work and thrive within their community and has owned her own company. In 2007, God called her into a life of ministry and since then, she has devoted her time to learning the word of God & serving others. Estreanda enjoys spending quality time with her husband and family, reading books, teaching, and outdoor leisure activities.

Terri Spencer

IMPACT195 Outreach Coordinator, Marketplace Lead

Terri Spencer owns her own company where she manages several commercial real estate properties around San Diego. For the past five years Terri has been serving the Lord through discipling others, managing facilities and overseeing outreach and impact international short-term trips. She helped launch IMPACT195 School of Ministry and is currently serving as the Outreach Coordinator

Melissa Brown

i195 Mentoring Lead, Night Time Overseer

Melissa has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Hope College. She studied one semester aboard at the University of Wollongong in Australia and graduated from a yearlong discipleship program shortly after. She is currently serving on the Pastoral Support Team at Rock Church and mentors, teaches, co-leads international impact trips and serves with missions equipping at IMPACT195 School of Ministry. Melissa was the first ever Rock Ambassador of Rock Church, living her first six months in an orphanage with Haitian children. Her additional year in Haiti laid groundwork for the first ever Rock Church orphanage and future super food kitchen. Melissa is married to David Brown, Assistant Director of IMPACT195 and loves to serve along side her husband on a daily basis.

Janice Freeman

IMPACT195 Prayer Coordinator

Janice Freeman is co-founder of a 17 year old local printing company and resident of San Diego for nearly 30 years. In 2004 she started ReignWater, a bottled water ministry with Scripture on the label that is used in street evangelism and Christian outreach. Janice serves at IMPACT195 School of Ministry as the Prayer Coordinator. She champions prayer at the ministry by mobilizing, facilitating, and discipling various prayer teams at the school, home prayer meetings and special events. These prayer groups worship the Lord and pray for the IMPACT195 ministry, Rock Ambassadors, the nations, and those requesting prayer. Janice and her husband Grant have 2 children.

Jeff Doria

IMPACT195 Academics Coordinator

Jeff has an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business Administration from New Mexico Military Institute. He gained a BS in Political Science and International studies at University of California, Irvine. Jeff has also owned an international sales and marketing organization in the wellness industry for the last nine years. In addition to graduating from IMPACT195 School of Ministry, Jeff has also successfully completed a yearlong men’s discipleship program (Men of the Rock, Ironman) and is currently in his third year of study for his Masters of Divinity at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. Jeff currently serves as the Academics Coordinator for IMPACT195 where he coordinates and oversees the development and establishment of curriculum. Some of his favorite classes to teach include studies from the book of Mark, Stewardship and curriculum for DESIGN week.