Rev. Steve Murray, Senior Pastor
Steve was born in Wales, started school in Liverpool but has lived most of his life in the United States. The oldest of five children, Steve’s dad was an Irish Catholic and his mom an English protestant. Steve became a Christian in high school through the ministry of Young Life. Meeting Jesus and marrying Janet are the two most significant turning points in his life!
Steve received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University with a minor in Linguistics and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Fuller from 1989-1996. From 1981 to 1995, Steve served as Associate Pastor of Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. He then served as Senior Pastor of La Jolla Presbyterian Church in La Jolla, California from 1995 to 2005. Since 2005 Steve has never had more fun being a pastor!
His greatest honor: Being married to Janet, being a father to Lauren and Megan, and being a pastor.
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Michelle Le Beau, Director of Community Life
Michelle grew up in Los Angeles, right across the street from the Presbyterian church where her father served as Senior Pastor for 28 years. Although Michelle grew up in a loving, Christian family, it wasn’t until after she was married and had children that her relationship with God became real to her.
A graduate of Whitworth College (Spokane, WA) with a degree in Communications and Marketing, Michelle’s professional career was in Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events. She worked for the 1992 America’s Cup Organizing Committee and ran her own Marketing Communications firm for eight years prior to joining an Internet start-up as the Director of Marketing. With two young children at the time, the corporate world was wearing her down and the perfect balance came when she accepted a position as Communications Manager for La Jolla Presbyterian Church. After working there for four years, Michelle joined LJCC in the same capacity. Recently she moved into the position of Director of Community Life, responsible for helping people get connected into the life of the church in ways that will support and strengthen their faith in Christ. Michelle believes God has been preparing her for this role her entire life and feels extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve Him in this way.
Michelle and her husband Jim live in La Jolla with their two college-aged boys, Jimmy and Jake. She enjoys house and yard projects, long walks and core classes, going to the beach with family and friends, and traveling.
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Family Life Team
Ryana King, Director of Children’s & Family Ministries
Ryana grew up in Oceanside, California. Since she came on staff in 2012, she has completed a degree in International Business, Sustainability, and International Development Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University. Ryana has also traveled with several international organizations and missions teams working with children all over the world.
Now Ryana is working on a Master’s in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She accepted Christ as a child but didn’t understand what a relationship with God meant until high school, so her passion is engaging children in a relationship with Christ and helping them experience God in a transformational way.
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Natalie Breyer, Director of Youth Ministries
Natalie grew up in Cypress, California along with her older sister and amazing parents. She spent two years at Long Beach State University before transferring to Point Loma Nazarene to finish her undergraduate degree in Sociology. She was raised in the Episcopal Church with her family but began participating in an amazing non-denominational youth group in seventh grade and stayed there through high school. As a young adult she was shaped by her youth leaders through things like mission experiences in Ecuador, which have given her a love for working with youth and for cross cultural experiences. In the past year with the Jr. High group she has loved building relationships and seeing the students grow as individuals and as a family. She is constantly amazed at these students and their growing hearts towards Jesus. This past year has been full of camps, soup kitchens, summer breakfast clubs and even a few stitches. Her highlights with our LJCC Jr. High, while incredibly difficult to choose, were summer camp and beach camp. Both were days full of games, worship, surfing and getting to know the students on a new level.
Natalie is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology at Fuller Seminary and is excited to see where God takes her through this. She is equally as excited to spend more time with the Jr. High group, continuing to learn and grow alongside each other! She loves all things outdoors and is a proud LA Kings fan.
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Kyle Krumsick, Director of Junior High Youth Ministries
Kyle grew up in Porterville, California, as the youngest of three children. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries and an emphasis in Youth Ministry. Kyle was active on the Junior High team since September 2016 before taking on the role of Director of Junior High Ministries.
In eighth grade, Kyle felt called to be a youth pastor. In his sophomore year of college, he declared his major under Christian Ministries. He is excited to be present in the lives of our students at LJCC.
On the weekends, you can find Kyle surfing at one of the many great beaches in San Diego. He also enjoys fishing, free diving, body surfing, and golfing.
Mark Bunnell, Assistant Director of High School Youth Ministries
Mark grew up in San Diego and graduated from University of California San Diego in 2016 with a degree in Pharmacological Chemistry. He joined LJCC’s High School Ministries team in June 2016, and has spent the last year listening for God’s calling on his life before taking on the role of Assistant Director of High School Ministries.
Throughout high school, Mark served in a youth group, led worship services and played electric guitar for many of those services. He has served abroad in Mexico and Peru.
Mark loves spending time with students, going on adventures and helping teenagers learn about following Jesus. He has a heart for seeing young people take hold of the life that Jesus has in store for them. Mark says he is “beyond stoked” to have the opportunity to spend more time with students.
In his free time, Mark enjoys all outdoor activities and loves to eat spicy foods.
Mary Vattimo Rugg, Executive Director /CFO
Mary was born and raised in San Diego along with her six siblings. She received a BA in Economics from UCSD and an MBA from SDSU. She started her career as a Financial Analyst and Economist and worked at the City of San Diego for 18 years, eventually becoming the Treasurer. She also helps run her husband’s business which markets his patented product.
Mary was raised a Catholic but was a member of Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church for 25 years, attended Faith Community Church, and now attends La Jolla Community Church with her family. She and her husband, Scott, were married in 1990 and have two boys, Collin and Keenan. She enjoys attending her boys’ sporting events, jogging, and collecting sea shells.
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Mike Hedman, Caring Ministries Coordinator
Michael was raised in a Christian home where he was trained up to love and serve the Lord, and where daily “quiet time” and study of God’s Word was encouraged and modeled by his parents. The family attended an Episcopal church during those exciting years of spiritual renewal beginning in the early 1960s in which thousands in the liturgical denominations were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Holding an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (Boeing 737 type-rating) and an MBA in Financial Management, Michael’s professional background is in the military, aviation and corporate world. His credentials notwithstanding, Michael’s spiritual gifts are clearly in the area of shepherding, pastoring, mercy and encouragement, which are reflected in his involvement in ministry throughout his life to senior citizens and children, pastoral care, as well as Rooted and Life Group facilitation. Michael has transitioned to his “second journey” in which he plans to devote the remainder of his life to working with children. He founded Excelsior Chess, a business that provides “faith-based” extracurricular chess programming at schools throughout San Diego County, where he serves the Lord and community by “pastoring” these children, their families and the chess coaches who work for him.
Michael’s passion is to come alongside others as an encourager, training them up to love and serve the Lord through a personal Spirit-empowered walk with Him, an understanding of their spiritual gifts, the regular study of His Word and an awareness of the world around them and how it relates to prophecy and God’s historic and future dealings with humanity.
Drake Oswald, Facilities Director
Drake grew up in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. He was raised in the church, and the youth group he attended was pivotal in his relationship with Christ. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Latin American Studies. Drake and his wife, Angela, grew up in the same church. They were married in 2011, and moved to Nicaragua to serve as missionaries. They came to San Diego to fix up a relative’s house and couldn’t leave the sun and beaches. Drake has been helping out in various ways in the LJCC office since June of 2014.
Drake enjoys reading, walks, gardening, and house-projects. He loves fixing all things broken or in need of improvement.
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Ariane Herwig, Director of Art and Communications
Ariane grew up in Silver Spring, MD. At age 15 she was confirmed in the Catholic faith. After high school she attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned her Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design in 2002. After graduation she moved up to Ithaca, NY to work in Prepress at Wilcox Press (now Vanguard Printing).
In 2004 Ariane moved to San Diego where she established herself as a Freelance Graphic Designer and created Thorne Design as her business. She currently offers Graphic Design services such as magazine and publication design, advertising, logos, business cards, letterhead, and brochures, when she’s not working for LJCC.
Ariane is happily married to her husband, Tim. She enjoys riding her bicycle, going on walks, gardening, decorating, and taking photos.
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Heidi Nguyen, Communications Assistant
Born and raised in San Diego, Heidi was drawn to the Catholic faith with the help of her family. With a degree in Management Information Systems from SDSU and an Interactive Media Certificate from SDCE, she is pursuing her passion for design while also working for a greater cause. In the past, she volunteered for The Catholic Diocese of San Diego and is also currently interning for the Media Arts Center San Diego with their upcoming events. Recently, she has joined the LJCC staff in August 2016, opening new doors for herself and others to the path of faith.
In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for animal organizations (especially Pug Rescue of San Diego), dabbling into art of different mediums, and writing short stories.
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Barbara Imamoto, Office Administrator
Barbara Imamoto joined the LJCC staff at the end of August 2015. Barbara has been blessed to serve and volunteer at LJCC for the past five years in Children’s Ministry and as a member of the Alive and Growing Leadership Team. She has also blessed us by volunteering her time and talent on a variety of Human Resources/office projects. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom of 7-year-old twins (Samantha and Nathan), Barbara was a Human Resources professional with 16 years of progressive HR experience. Barbara is excited to join the LJCC team to continue to serve and be part of God’s work at LJCC. She received Christ as her Savior as a young adult and was baptized at La Jolla Shores.
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Janet Griffin, Office Administrator
Janet Griffin grew up in Orange County and though she attended church all her life, it was as a young adult that she asked Jesus into her heart. In 2013 she moved to San Diego to marry her husband Chris. They visited LJCC on Palm Sunday of 2015 and became members in November. Janet’s past roles include Music Assistant for a School District in San Juan Capistrano, an Administrative Assistant for the IT department with the Orange County Register, an Office Manager for Webster University, a Seamstress and a mom to two boys (the best job).
The opportunity to work with the staff at LJCC is an answer to much prayer and she looks forward to how God will use her to support the work of LJCC.
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