Chris came to Las Flores Church in May 2017. He and his family moved here from Tempe AZ, 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.
After a 28 year career as a controller and chief financial officer in the savings and loan industry, in 1994 God invited Larry to leave "the nets" and follow Him into full time ministry. So, he went to Bethel Seminary, completed 3 years of study, and earned a masters of divinity, summa cum laude. Half way through seminary, in 1995, Larry and his wife Carol joined Las Flores Church. Currently, he leads the Life Groups and Missions at Las Flores. Occasionally, he gets the opportunity to pick up "the nets" and literally go fishing in Alaska with his son and grandson.
Janis grew up in the small town of Pleasanton, California which is located about 40 miles east of San Francisco. She came to San Diego for college and ended up staying. She graduated from the Design Institute of San Diego with a BFA in Interior Design. She felt the call to ministry in 2006 and was ordained in 2013 as a Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene with an emphasis in Christian Education and Administration. She has attended Las Flores since 1995 and is supported in ministry by her husband, Chris and adult daughter, Elise. Her favorite pastimes are being out in nature, especially the mountains, enjoying time with family, reading, having great conversation and specialty coffee with friends, playing board games and eating pizza with lots of cheese!
George was born in Scotland and moved to the US when he was 19 for what, in his head, was only to be one year. He came to have fun - playing soccer and studying music - but also to find a community to walk with him as he struggled to surrender his life to God. That community was found at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, a place he now works as Director of Worship Arts, and it was there that God began stirring his heart towards ministry. As a junior there he began attending Las Flores Church, playing keys on the worship team, before the pastor asked him if he'd be willing to step a little deeper in commitment and service. It felt right in his spirit, and God has used this church family for many years to deepen his passion and skill for leading people in honest and sincere worship, helping them to pour out surrendered hearts in praise, thanksgiving, and trust. George and his wife Tanya, along with their three young kids, Naomi, George, and Thomas, love beach days and all that place affords for surf, soccer, and laughter together.
AJ Wolf 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.
Karisa May has served in children's ministry for over twenty years and has been on staff since 2005. She was ordained in 2010 as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene, she holds a Master of Ministry from Point Loma Nazarene University, and works bi-vocationally as an elementary school teacher. Karisa also serves as District Children's Director and District Camp Director and is supported in ministry by her husband, Paul and her adult children, Dean and Bonnie. If you're looking for Karisa, go somewhere with good iced tea and a decent place to skate - she's probably there.
Summer Johnson has over 10 years of experience in project management in the aerospace defense industry. While this may not seem to qualify her to work with our littlest members, she has a passion to teach children about the love of Christ. She grew up in a Baptist church that was filled with amazing kids songs, Bible stories, flannel graphs and McGee & Me. She has been married to her firefighter husband since 2007. While her most important job right now is a mother to two small children, in the future, she feels the Lord might be leading her to take the next step in her journey towards serving the church as an ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.