Our Staff

PASTORS AND ELDERS

David Fandey

Lead Pastor/Elder

David Martinelli

Pastor/Elder

Forrest Weiland

Pastor/Elder

John Duarte

Connections Pastor/Elder

Bret Theis

Music & Student Ministries Pastor/Elder

Jeremy King

Pastor/Elder

Brian Kinley

Pastor/Elder

Bill Krehbiel

Bill Krehbiel

Pastor/Elder

DIRECTORS

Megan Everhart

Children’s Ministry Director

Ryan Ketterl

Operations Director

ADDITIONAL STAFF

Kostya and Bella Tustanovskyi

Kostya & Bella Tustanovskyi

Church Planting Residents

Emily Schnarr

Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor/Elder

David Fandey

Where did you grow up?

The South Bay.

How did the Lord save you?

I am very thankful to have been born into and raised in a godly Christian family. When I was about five, I responded to the message of the gospel and made a decision to receive Christ as my savior. Although I did not fully understand all of the theological ramifications of what this meant and what I was doing, even at that young age I knew I had sin and needed forgiveness. I believe God honored that child like faith and kept a hold of me. When I was sixteen a series of events led me to a crossroads where I felt God was calling me to turn my future completely over to Him. I followed and I am still following.

Your education

BS Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mdiv. Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, ThM Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Tell us about your spouse and kids

It’s really true that my wife is my best friend! We love spending time together doing almost anything. We are lifelong partners together in the gospel. We have six kids who also love Jesus. We are a loud family with lots of activity continuously swirling around our household. We love travel, the outdoors, the oceans and surfing and just being together. It gets pretty cray around our household, but life is good. I love being with my family as wild and chaotic as it is!

Ministry / work experience

I worked in aerospace as an engineer right out of college for five years while attending seminary and dating my wife. After we got married I worked as a Jr. High Pastor for two years. After graduating from Talbot, we move to Santa Cruz to work at a Christian camp. Then we moved to New Zealand to work at Christian camps there. 28 years ago we moved to North County where I took a job as a pastor where I led the Young Adults ministry, the Small Groups ministry and preached regularly. 19 1/2 years ago we left that church to plant The Fields and have been there ever since. I also teach at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. We also started the Acts 29 Network in Australia and New Zealand where I served as the director for many years. After raising up a local director, we continue to serve the churches there, many of which we have helped to plant.

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

19 1/2 years. Lead Pastor.

What is your passion in ministry?

Seeing people grow in knowing, loving, following and serving Jesus. Love teaching teaching the Bible. Love seeing people come to faith. Love dreaming about what we could do. Love starting new things!

What do you love to do in your free time?

Family, travel, surfing, spending time with good friends, dating my wife, coaching (soccer and surfing), anything outdoors.

David Martinelli

Where did you grow up?

Chicago Area.

How did the Lord save you?

I heard the gospel at a young age but had some confusion about the gospel.  It wasn’t  till college when I met some college students involved with Cru that I began to understand the depth of the Gospel. Through connecting with some men in a small group the Gospel took root!  

Your education

I have my bachelor and master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois. In addition I have a Master’s of Biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. 

Tell us about your spouse and kids

I have a fantastic wife, Diane, who is my greatest partner in ministry! We have 5 awesome kids that range in age from 12-22. They have been the hugest blessing of my life!

Ministry / work experience

I have worked for 32 years in campus ministry with Cru. I am currently the Managing Executive Director of the US Campus Ministry.

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

I have been a part of The Fields church family for 20 years! I was in person for the first 10 years of the church’s life. Then have lived at a distance, in Florida, but remained connected through frequent visits and opportunities to teach and I serve as Elder emeritus. 

What is your passion in ministry?

I love seeing men and women live lives of surrender as well as Godly marriages and families!

What do you love to do in your free time?

I love to play the piano and sing, home improvement projects, and almost any activity that gets me outside!

Forrest Weiland

Where did you grow up?

Redding, California.

How did the Lord save you?

Through reading a book on fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy.

Your education

PhD. Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM DTS, BA in English, Chico State University.

Tell us about your spouse and kids

I’ve been married for 46 years. My wife Sue was the CFO at a window and door business for 13 years. She loves cooking, reading, interior decorating, skiing, playing piano, hosting people for meals, watching English detective stories and football. We have one son, Ben who is a cold water surfing videographer and film maker.

Ministry / work experience

– Pastored at Neighbourhood Church Chico, CA;
– Die Christusgemeinde, and Die Freie Evangelische Gemeinde, Mainz, Germany;
– The Fields Church, Carlsbad, CA;
– Professor at the German Bible Institute, German Theological Seminary, Christian Heritage College;
– Biola University;
– Bethel Seminary West;
– Zaporozhye Bible Seminary, Ukraine;
– Veritas International University, Orange County.

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

I have been a part of The Fields for 14 years and I serve as a Lay Elder/Pastor.

What is your passion in ministry?

Teaching and Preaching the Bible, and sharing the Gospel one on one.

What do you love to do in your free time?

Read, play guitar, ski, watch football, work in the yard.

John Duarte

Where did you grow up?

Newhall, CA.

How did the Lord save you?

I wasn’t raised in the church and wasn’t taught much about Jesus growing up. During my high school years, several friends had invited me to bible studies and shared the good news of the Gospel with me. While there wasn’t any particular crisis in life that led me to Him, other than God’s grace helping me to see my desperate need for His grace. I was 16 years old when I came to faith by God’s grace and the work of His Spirit. 

Your education

Bachelor of Science, Control Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy (1996 – 2000); Master of Divinity, Talbot Theological Seminary, BIOLA University (2010-2015).

Tell us about your spouse and kids

I met my bride, Bethany, in Jacksonville, FL in 2004 and we tied the knot in 2006. We have three amazing kids (Faith, Josiah (JJ) and Reagan) that continue to blow us away with their unique gifting and passions. Obviously, I think they’re all brilliant. Faith puts her head down and charges at the challenges in front of her, JJ enjoys the many friendships that he has developed within our various communities, and Reagan love to throw a party or put on a show. All of us have so many unique gifting and passions, strengths and weaknesses, and with that come ample opportunities to bring the Gospel to bear on how we walk in those things redemptively.

Ministry / work experience

– United States Navy, Pilot and Operational/Strategic Planner, 2000-2020;
– Volunteer Ministry Staff at The Fields (2010 – 2020);
– Pastor of Connections at The Fields (2020 – Present)

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

Since 2009. Connections and Community Groups, Pastoral Ministry.

What is your passion in ministry?

God has given me a deep love for His Church, and a desire to see His people grow together in light of the Gospel. Because of this, I’m compelled to help build and help others build meaningful relationships and connection within the church.

What do you love to do in your free time?

Camping, golf, tacos, games with friends.

Bret Theis

Where did you grow up?

Yucca Valley, CA.

How did the Lord save you?

Through amazing grace poured out to me after a long season of rebellion and disobedience.

Your education

BIOLA Undergrad // Master of Theology at Talbot School of Theology.

Tell us about your spouse and kids

My beautiful wife Sarah and our three kiddos (Deacon, Annabeth, and Canon) are some of God’s greatest blessings to me and bring me some of the deepest joys in my life.

Ministry / work experience

– North Coast Calvary Chapel (1998-2011);
– The Fields (2011-today!)

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

We have been at The Fields for 11 awesome years! I am pastor over the Music Ministry and the Middle School Ministry.

What is your passion in ministry?

My passion in ministry is teaching the Word of God so that the people of God can grow in their knowledge and love of God to the glory of God. I am also passionate about biblical worship through singing!

What do you love to do in your free time?

I like to get in the gym to get strong. I’m also a bit of a gamer; video games, board games, card games – I love it all!

Jeremy King

Where did you grow up?

San Clemente, CA.

How did the Lord save you?

By the life, death and resurrection of Christ and work of the Spirit.

Your education

Hard knocks, wise and caring community and Westminster Theological Seminary.

Tell us about your spouse and kids

They’re full of grace and challenge and I’m honored and humbled to be her husband and their dad.

Ministry / work experience

Served as youth pastor at a Calvary Chapel, a high school educator at private school, stock boy at Michael’s and shipping and receiving at Longboard Magazine.

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

Since the fall of 2010. Pastoral Care / Biblical Counseling 

What is your passion in ministry?

Having a front row seat in seeing our Lord work.

What do you love to do in your free time?

Spending time with the family at the beach, cheering and cringing at the Lakers, reading and discussing theology and life and looking for new surfboards.

Brian Kinley

Where did you grow up?

North San Diego County.

How did the Lord save you?

The Lord saved me out of a life of militant atheism 17 years ago. I was blinded to my sin and need for a savior until the Lord gave me a new heart after sitting in church and hearing the gospel message for over a year!

Your education

Bachelors of Science in Biology from San Diego State University, Masters of Arts in Biblical counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Tell us about your spouse and kids

Susan and I have been married since 2010. We have 4 kids (Collin, Abigail, Asher, and Aaron).

Ministry / work experience

Biblical Counseling, leading a community group, shepherding community group leaders, serving on the Central Leadership Team, Teaching theology and counseling courses.

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

We have been a part of The Fields for 4 years. Elder on the Central Leadership team, community group leader, DNA group leader, Biblical Counselor, Teacher

What is your passion in ministry?

Helping people apply deep biblical and theological truth to everyday life!

What do you love to do in your free time?

Spending time with friends ands family, reading old theology books, riding mountain bikes.

Megan Everhart

Where did you grow up?

Vista.

How did the Lord save you?

Through the teaching and loving care of the church that I grew up in here in North County.

Your education

BA in Psychology from Whitworth University; Masters in Special Education from Azusa Pacific University.

Tell us about your spouse and kids

After graduating from College, I moved back to North County where I soon met my husband Mike. He bravely moved from Michigan to California to take his first post college job. He found The Fields and instantly built community with the people he met through Band of Brothers. When we met, I had the bonus of joining The Fields as well. Now we have been married for quite some time and are blessed to be raising 3 sons.

Ministry / work experience

I’ve worked in ministry off and on since I was in High School. I helped lead youth and children’s ministry when I was in High School and college. Post college I became a special education teacher. I taught students with moderate to severe disabilities for 7 years before having my first son. Now I’m a stay at home/homeschooling mom to 3 boys.

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

13 Years I have been a part of The Fields. I have worked at The Fields for almost 2 years as a Children’s Director.

What is your passion in ministry?

Encouraging parents as they seek to disciple their children at home and training equipping our volunteers to make the gospel accessible to our children on a weekly basis. 

What do you love to do in your free time?

I love to take hikes/walks and just be outside. I love to draw, paint, and be creative.

Ryan Ketterl

Where did you grow up?

Redmond, WA.

How did the Lord save you?

By grace through faith in Jesus Christ! But seriously – I began a relationship with Jesus as my savior in high school, through the loving leadership of the student ministry at our local church.

Your education

Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from Western Washington University.

Tell us about your spouse and kids

Married to Katie, three beautiful kids.

Ministry / work experience

I have been involved in various ministry leadership roles, beginning in high school and college. After college Katie and I got married, and I began working for a church in Seattle. This led to an amazing opportunity to be a part of a new church plant in Gold Coast, Australia. For nearly 5 years, I served by managing operations, volunteer teams, and building projects. Our family moved to Carlsbad in July 2019 to be part of The Fields.

What is your role and ministry?

Operations director.

What is your passion in ministry?

Creating opportunities for spiritual development and relationships to flourish, and finding ways to make things run smoothly!

What do you love to do in your free time?

Woodworking, movies, biking, grilling, eating.

Emily Schnarr

Where did you grow up?

Oceanside and Fallbrook, CA.

How did the Lord save you?

I had been raised in a Christian home.  But, my personal relationship with the Lord didn’t begin until High School. I attended a winter camp my freshman year and heard the Lord ask me, “Will it be their faith or YOUR faith.” I knew I wanted a personal connection with my Savior.

Your education

Bachelor Degree in Business Management from SDSU and a Masters in Business Analytics from University of Notre Dame.

Ministry / work experience

I have worked in Manufacturing Operations in a variety of roles, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Customer Service. I am excited to share my skills at The Fields as David’s Executive Assistant.

How long have you been part of The Fields and what is your role and ministry?

First Time from the Green House (not sure on the year) until 2010.  Then I lived out of state until I returned in March 2020 (at the same time as COVID – but I PROMISE I’m not too blame for that!).
Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor. Lead Teacher for the 4th and 5th Graders

What is your passion in ministry?

Coming alongside others and providing support and encouragement.

What do you love to do in your free time?

Craft my own line of greeting cards. Spending time with family and friends. Reading and learning new things.