Get to know the Bethel Baptist Church staff.

Pastor Todd 

Senior Pastor

Pastor Todd was born in Columbus, Ohio. He lived there until, at the age of five, his father was transferred to Orange County, California. He was raised in a loving and supportive Christian home. He has also lived in Kansas and Texas, although he loves San Diego as much as anywhere else.

At the age of four, Todd placed his faith in Jesus Christ during a morning Sunday School class. He was baptized at age eight. During the summer between his ninth and tenth grade years, he accepted God’s call to full time ministry. He continued his pursuit through Whittier Christian High School and Biola University, and received his masters at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He served for 11 years in full time youth ministry. His past 15 years have been as a Senior Pastor. Todd came to Bethel in 2008, where he currently serves as the Senior Pastor.

Todd is married to Dina, and they have four children. Todd is an avid reader, enjoys woodworking and computers. He enjoys athletic activities and loves to geek out on his favorite comic book and sci-fi characters.

Pastor Tommy

Youth Pastor

Tommy has served as a director and pastor of youth ministry for nearly all of his adult life. He even grew up in a family of youth workers in Colorado. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute Chicago and Westminster Seminary California. He has served in Non-denominational, Baptist, and Presbyterian churches leading youth and music ministries. Tommy and his family have lived in Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Virginia, Georgia, and of course, California. 

Tommy is the thankful father of 5 and husband for more than 15 years. His passion as a youth pastor is to take difficult but important truth and communicate it with clarity, demonstrating its powerful relevance. The gospel and its savior are the center and heart of everything Tommy teaches. 

He also works as a driving instructor for Alliance Defensive Driving School. He enjoys time with his family, reading, visiting SoCal amusement parks, playing guitar, downhill snow-skiing, biking, and thought-provoking movies.

Jim & Patty

Custodian & Children's Director

Jim and Patty have been members of Bethel since their childhood and started dating in High School. They were married in 1974. They have two daughters and seven grandchildren.

Jim began working as the full-time custodian in 1987 at Bethel and considers it a great blessing to serve the Lord in this way.

Patty has always enjoyed children and realized her gift of working with them while on a mission trip in High School. She had a full-time childcare business in her home for ten years while raising their daughters and also worked in a public school for ten years teaching art and assisting as an instructional aide. During all this time she served in Bethel’s children’s ministry and was licensed as a minister.

In their free time, Jim likes watching reruns of old TV shows, and Patty loves time with the grandkids, cooking and gardening. Together, they dedicate themselves to serving God and sharing their home with others.


Church Administrator

Debbie is our church administrator and event manager and has been with Bethel for three years now. She loves serving God in her role as the administrator as well as discipling women in God's Word and helping others in various ministries. In Debbie's time off, she enjoys horses, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and grand kids. Debbie is newly married to Bethel's drummer, JP, who first invited her to Bethel.