Lead Pastor / Congregational Pastor - South
Steve is the last of four children and was taken to the Philippines when he was 4 months old by his missionary parents. His pre-school and grade school years were spent in the Visayas region of the Philippines. For high school Steve attended Faith Academy, a school for children of missionaries outside of Manila in Cainta. Rizal.
Steve returned to the States and went to Biola University in La Mirada where he graduated with a degree in Intercultural Studies. His Master of Divinity was granted by Fuller Seminary in Pasadena California.
Steve and Leslie married in 1989 and continued the Houston legacy by serving as missionaries in Leyte and Samar from 1992 to 2003. After returning to the States, they served among the Somali Bantu population of San Diego for five years. Steve has been with our church family since July 1, 2010. Steve and Leslie have two active and adventurous children, Havilah and Jameson.
Congregational Pastor - North
Matt was born and raised in a military family, and spent much of his life living abroad at different duty stations. He was born in Okinawa Japan, and bounced back and forth between San Diego and Japan until high school, when his parents felt the Lord calling them back to the Philippines to serve in ministy. Matt lived in the Philippines for 7 years, attending high school at International Christian Academy and earning a BA in Organizational Communication at the University of the Philippines in Manila.
Upon returning to San Diego in 2002, Matt began serving at San Diego Christian Fellowship - then known as Filipino-American Christian Fellowship - in the areas of worship and youth ministry. Matt attended Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, graduating with a BA in Biblical Studies in 2005. Matt began working in the financial services field, progressing over a 7 year span in his firm to the role of operations manager. He continued to serve in SDCF as worship leader, youth and young adults leader and elder.
Matt was called to be the full time congregational pastor of SDCF North in September 2013. He and his wife Heather have an action packed little boy named Caleb and just welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Madeline. Matt is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity at Bethel Seminary, San Diego.