Staff Team

Our staff team is here to serve and equip the local church.  It is our desire to see lives transformed in the name of Jesus.  Let us know how we can best serve you. Click on the picture to email the staff member

  • Senior Pastor, Dave Johnson

    Pastor Dave Johnson has been serving at NCF since 2003.  He started working as an intern in the youth ministry and quickly became the Youth Pastor, then young adults pastor and has served as Senior Pastor since January 1st, 2012.  Pastor Dave has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Christian Education from APU.  He has a beautiful wife and three children.  He is passionate about knowing God and spiritual formation.  In his spare time you can find Pastor Dave at a local skate park or taking his family on an adventure.  

  • Worship Director, Jon Krimmel

    Jon joined the NCF team in July 2013. He and his wife Laura have two beautiful daughters, Lucy and Isla. Jon enjoys cooking, playing music, fishing, and spending time with his lovely wife after the kids have gone to bed. He has a B.A. in History from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently working on an MBA from Azusa Pacific University. He also currently works at APU.

    Jon is passionate about leading others in worship. It is his joy to lead and join in the praises and song of the church body every Sunday. Jon loves the music of the church, old and new. He sees worship as a time where the NCF community has the great privilege of joining with the Church, across time and place, in praise to the redeemer.

  • Children's Director, Desiree Johnson

    Desiree Johnson has been serving in the capacity as Children's Director since 2002. She believes that every child deserves to be loved. It is her desire to make a positive impact on every child who walks through the doors of our classrooms. She believes that every moment spent with the children is a chance to shape their relationship with Christ, teach them His word, and show them how he wants us to live. God has instilled in her, a passion to love, care for and teach each child.


    Gabriela graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development and Spanish. She is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with those she encounters and desires to encourage others to be the hands and feet of Jesus within the community. One of her favorite things to do with people is to grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks and talk about this little thing called life with them. She began attending Neighborhood Christian Fellowship with her family in July 2013 and joined the staff in October 2014 as the Student Ministries Pastor. She also co-leads Merge, the college ministry at NCF.  

  • Christian Education, Pastor Earl Gotts

    Earl Gotts serves the church as Pastor of Discipleship. He teaches a Sunday School class and coordinates a home group. Earl has a particular concern for Christian Education and discipleship. Earl has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Bachelors in Theology (Warner Pacific College), a Masters in School Administration, and a Ph.D. in Ministries. He provides staff support and encouragement as well as providing training as requested. Earl is available for pastoral counseling. Earl has been married to Beverly for 52 years, has 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. His hobbies include reading, teaching, and fishing. He also enjoys travel with his wife and when possible other members of his family.

  • Community Life, Pastor Paul Swanson

    Paul Swanson was born in Indiana and is the youngest of nine children. He married his high school sweetheart, Beth, in 1994. He served as Fairmount Wesleyan Church's Youth Pastor in 1996. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1997 with a double major in Christian Ministries and History. In 1997, he moved to Houghton, New York where he was a Youth Pastor. He was ordained in the Wesleyan Church in 1999. While in Houghton, they had two children who currently attend NCF's youth ministry. In 2002, the family moved to Marion, Indiana, where Paul was chaplain at a therapeutic boarding school. The Swanson family has been in California since 2006 and immediately began attending NCF. Paul joined the Staff in 2011.

  • Office Manager, Aniko Sebestyen

    Aniko has been serving on the NCF team since 2002. She loves working for the Lord and in service with and for people she meets on a daily basis. Aniko is very involved with the many groups partnering with NCF. She serves on the Boards of Love Inc and Compassion in Action and helps distribute food, clothing and bus passes to families in need. It has been one of the greatest blessings of her life to learn, grow, help, and laugh with such a remarkable group of pastors and friends. Aniko and her son Josh work with students who are on probation and are assigned to work off community service hours. NCF is her family and she's here to help you in any way possiable.