Chris came to Las Flores Church in May 2017. He and his family moved here from Tempe, Arizona, where Chris was the Lead Pastor at Tempe Nazarene Church. He graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in Religion. He also played football for the MNU Pioneers. He is married to Lisa and they have 5 children; Gracie, Grant, Samuel, Sophia, and Maxwell.
Janis grew up in Pleasanton, California, 40 miles east of San Francisco. She came to San Diego for college and graduated from the Design Institute of San Diego with a BFA in Interior Design. She responded to God’s call to pastoral ministry in 2006 and was ordained as a deacon in the Church of the Nazarene in 2013. She’s passionate about spiritual coaching and is committed to helping people come to know and grow in their relationships with Christ. She and her husband Chris have one daughter, Elise, married to Jack Thompson. Besides spending time with family, Janis enjoys reading, being out in nature and catching up with friends over a great cup of coffee.
AJ has served as Pastor to Youth at Las Flores since 2015. Growing up in a military family, he learned to love traveling, meeting new people, and referring to things by acronyms. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA in Philosophy and Theology. He loves backpacking, ultimate frisbee, and watching movies with his lovely wife Dakota.
Stephanie grew up in Carlsbad and started attending Las Flores Church when she was four years old. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA in Liberal Studies and went on to earn an MA & Administrative Credential in Teaching, Learning & Technology. She has taught K-5 in Carlsbad Unified for 16 years and currently teaches Kindergarten at Pacific Rim Elementary. She and her husband, Ryan, a middle school teacher, have 2 young kids.
Suzette is a San Diego native. She attended Spring Valley Church of the Nazarene where she gave her life to the Lord as a young girl of 8. She has 3 great kids and married a wonderful man with 3 kids of his own. She moved with her husband Omar to Oceanside in 2014. Suzette has a heart for young children and with 6 kids raised and out of the house, she has felt called to serve in the nursery/preschool. She enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with family.
Dakota has been a part of Las Flores Church since 2015 and volunteers with the youth group. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a philosophy degree, and though she expects to continue her education one day, for now, she is enjoying the break! Dakota is a doula and is passionate about supporting and empowering women in labor. She is currently volunteering with UCSD's Hearts and Hands Doula Program. Dakota loves the mountains and being immersed in nature but is more commonly found playing board games, drinking tea, and watching movies!