pastors and staff
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mike studied engineering at Purdue University and worked as a management consultant with Accenture for eight years before deciding to become a pastor. After his training at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Mike and his wife Mandy moved to San Diego with the hope of planting a church with a rich mixture of generations and cultural backgrounds.
Mike enjoys camping, hiking and rock climbing with his family, coaching Little League, and getting in an occasional round of golf or game of basketball. He and Mandy both enjoy a good murder mystery or classic novel. Mike and Mandy love living in South Park with their four kids: Olivia, Joseph, Greta and Henry.
Stephen is in his final year of seminary at Westminster in Escondido. Another Midwesterner in Southern California (we are not partial to Midwesterners!), Stephen brings helpful experience in youth and children's ministry experience to the staff of Parkside. Stephen teaches our older elementary kids and serves in a number of other roles at Parkside. He and his wife Madison, along with their two young kids, enjoy camping, hiking, spending time at the beach, road trips (especially if it involves a stop at a National Park!), and the occasional trip to Disneyland.
Sara is a San Diego native with an amazing love for teaching kids the truths of the Bible. Our kid's curriculum is designed to take kids through all of God's redemptive history (in other words, the whole Bible) every three years. Sara teaches one of our classes, and coordinates the other two ages as they each study the same Bible story each week at an accessible level for each age. She seems to know of a helpful kids' song for every lesson!
As a kid, Sara grew in faith from teaching from her church and with her siblings from their parents' active teaching. She and husband Chris love teaching their own three little ones, and helping Parkside parents pass on their faith to the next generation.
Born in Mexico, David spent the first decade of his life near Cabo San Lucas before moving with his family to Chula Vista. There he met up with Johnny Ciccolella at Harbor Chula Vista. They've been playing together for almost 10 years now - bringing just a hint of latin sound to a rich mix of older hymns and newer songs at Parkside.