Church Staff

Facilities Manager

Mike Burgner

I am a Southern California native currently living in Murrieta. My beautiful wife and I have been married for over 13 years, and we have six kids and seven grandkids (and counting ... ). We love spending our free time in Cabo. So much so that we are building our dream vacation home there. I love music, sports, and the ocean.

I look forward to serving God at Sunridge Church and using my years of experience and giftedness to further the kingdom.

Facilites Tech

Ed Catlett

I was born and raised in the Whittier area, where my family was very involved in our local church. Kelly, my wife of 42 years, and I moved to Murrieta in 2013. We are blessed to live close to our two adult married children and three grandchildren.

I recently retired after 22 years as a Final Test Supervisor for a company that manufactures systems that test magnetic properties of materials. Because I feel closer to God when serving, it is a blessing to use my gifts to serve God at Sunridge.

Children’s Pastor

Haley Falcioni

We are so thrilled to be living out our ministry calling here in the Temecula Valley! Anthony and I are passionate about serving, giving, hosting, and being a part of a Christ-centered community.

Before beginning my time here at Sunridge, I had the opportunity to be the High School Ministries Associate at Friends Church in Yorba Linda where I grew up. I served in Youth Ministry, and was able to gain valuable ministry experience under my mentors at Friends. God used my time volunteering – prior to going on staff – to create in me a love for teamwork, creativity, organization, and interestingly enough, MAKING MESSES (the bigger the mess, the bigger the fun)!

Working in Children’s Ministry has been exciting, stretching, and so much fun. I have loved getting to watch the kids in our ministry get to know and love Jesus as they learn about Him! I am extremely honored to be able to share my love of Christ with our children and volunteers, as well as walk alongside the sweet, awesome families we have here!

Connections Pastor

Heather Fretz

It has been such an honor to join the staff at Sunridge and to work alongside this amazing family! I find joy in watching God’s people thrive in relationship with Him, growing in an understanding of who He is and who we are in Him. As the Connections Pastor, the vision for my role is to help cultivate meaningful connections and authentic community among the people of Sunridge, resulting in compelling Christ-like transformation.

I am a San Diego native, so the beach is my happy place! I love to read, organize, and hang out with friends and family, but my passion is being a wife and mama to my two growing kids.

Women's Ministry Director

Courtney Hall

For over 30 years, I have called Sunridge my home church, and I am so excited to be on staff as the Women's Ministry Director! I am passionate about helping women grow in their relationship with Jesus and connect with other women. In my ten years serving in MOPS ministry, I've realized just how important it is for women to serve alongside one another. I'm blessed to see how God can display his unique design for each woman as they play their part in the body of Christ through selfless service. I am thrilled to be a part of encouraging women to experience His joy for us in the journey.

I was born and raised here in the Temecula Valley and met my husband at Sunridge during my high school years. I graduated from California Baptist University and received my bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. My husband and I have two elementary school-aged children and are blessed to do life with our large extended family.

I love to fellowship over a cup of coffee, so reach out soon and often!

Operations Coordinator

Lynda Lindow

My darling husband, Scott, and I are high school sweethearts and married and moved to Temecula in 1988. For many years I would think to myself what a wonderful blessing it would be to join the Sunridge team. Imagine my immense gratitude and excitement when I was offered my position. It is a privilege to grow alongside genuine believers and serve my Sunridge family of 20+ years.

My greatest joys in life include our 7 children and 5 precious granddaughters. In my free time, you can find me in the kitchen! I cherish cooking for my loved ones and gathering around the dinner table. In addition, I love to craft, bake, read and entertain family & friends.

Executive Pastor of Ministry

Jedley Manimtim

When I was a kid, one of my cousins moved from our hometown of San Diego, 60 miles north, to a place called Temecula. I was incredibly sad because I was losing my childhood partner in crime. I was even more sad, however, when I came to visit during the next summer and experienced the terrible heat. I told my parents that I couldn’t understand why anyone would choose to live here, making a vow that I would never make that move.

Yet after graduating in Orange County from Hope International University, meeting and marrying my beautiful wife, Mallary, and working for nearly five years at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, I did the previously and personally unfathomable. In 2013, prompted by the advice from Dr. John Webb (a beloved college professor), Mal and I packed our bags with our 10-month-old son in faith that a church called Sunridge, founded to “Help people find and follow Jesus”, would be an integral part of our own lifelong journeys. I’m so glad that firmly-held perspectives can change. I love this valley (even the summer), I love our church, and I love that in these places, our family gets to learn alongside other ordinary people how to daily find and follow Jesus.

Facilities Tech

Jun Manimtim

Care and Help Pastor

Marla Pitzek

Sunridge has been our family’s church home since 2001. I have had the privilege of playing a part in starting the Church Counseling Ministry at Sunridge and teaching and supervising our wonderful team members. I have degrees in psychology from UCLA, Biblical Counseling and Biblical Studies from International School of Theology, and Counseling Psychology from Cal Baptist. After 20 years as a licensed therapist, I am grateful for God’s grace to bring me back to my first passion. Other activities I enjoy are hanging out with my husband watching college sports or going to plays. I also love to be active playing tennis or volleyball or hiking.

Bookkeeper

Genie Sandoval

It’s such a joy to be part of the Sunridge team where people have a drive and purpose to serve Jesus and impact His people by bringing God’s hope to our communities.

I was born and raised in the Inland Empire and was one of eight children. Most of my influence comes from my Dad who taught me to be strong and independent at a young age. I’ve worked in insurance and new home sales.

Will and I have been married for 26 years, and I have been privileged to stay home and raise our two sons who now attend college. I love spending time with my family and spoiling them. We enjoy cold nights by the fire pit playing games; watching the sun come up on early morning runs; helping young people with their finances; and visiting the elderly. I look forward to traveling with my husband and seeing the world.

Executive Pastor of Operations

Bob Santy

A native Californian, I grew up in Escondido where I eventually met the love of my life, Diane. We married in 1989 and made the big move all the way to Temecula in 1992, where we raised our two daughters. Tired of commuting to Escondido to attend church, we found Sunridge in 1996, and we knew we were hooked. So much so, that in 2006, I left my career at Callaway Golf to come on staff. I am still in shock that I get to use the practical gifts God gave me to forward the mission of Jesus at Sunridge. As the Executive Pastor of Operations, it is my desire to use the resources God gives us to share the Good News of Jesus throughout this Valley and beyond.

When time permits, I like to unwind by hiking, playing basketball, and an occasional round of golf.

Lead Pastor

Britt Sipe

We moved from Huntington Beach to this Valley in 1989. Like most people at that time, we were in search of affordable housing and good schools. That move turned out to be so much more than we ever imagined. Our family built a life here. This community became “our home town,” and Sunridge our “home church.” We’ve been at Sunridge since 1992, serving in a variety of capacities – everything from middle school volunteer to Executive Pastor. In 2014, I made a life altering decision to leave a fire service career and accept the lead pastor position at Sunridge. I have never looked back. We love this community, and we love being part of a team that is helping people find and follow Jesus.

When I’m not on campus, you’re likely to find me surfing, mountain biking, or just hanging out with friends and family. On days when all of these can happen simultaneously, I am a very happy man! Cindy and I have been married for 40 years and are fortunate to have our kids and grand kids close by.

Sunridge Chaplain

Lisa Stewart

Stew and I moved our family of five from the suburbs of Chicago to the beautiful Temecula Valley in 1991 and embraced Sunridge as our church family soon after. After serving the church in many capacities, the Lord called me into short-term missions. For twenty years, I led teams on trips to countries all around the world for the purpose of helping people find and follow Jesus. I have witnessed the width, depth, and breadth of God’s immeasurable love for everyone. Today, I serve as an ordained chaplain offering hope to those needing emotional, physical, and spiritual care in our church and the local community – especially those in crisis.

While Stew and I love serving our local and global communities, we also enjoy the most sacred privilege of having our children and grandchildren close by. We’re now a family of fourteen who absolutely love barbecuing, playing, exploring, taking walks, and vacationing together – no matter how loud and crazy it may get!

Middle School Pastor

Danny Sugimoto

I grew up in Sacramento, CA, and I moved out to Temecula in 2013 after completing a degree in Biblical Studies at Hope International University. I have a passion for serving students and helping them engage with the communities surrounding them. When I’m not at the office you can typically find me at home spending time with my wife, Nicole, and our son, Theo.

High School Pastor

Teddi Thyfault

I am beyond excited to be a part of this team! I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University (go Sea Lions!) with a Degree in Communications. I always was involved in Children’s Ministry growing up and LOVED it. I spent the last few summers working at a Christian camp with lower elementary, middle schoolers and high schoolers. It was there that I realized the love and passion that the Lord had placed in my heart for ministry and decided to move back to Temecula to pursue youth ministry.

I am thrilled to be a part of this awesome team and church. I cannot wait to see how the Lord continues to use this ministry to grow me as well as how he uses me as I get to walk alongside the students and parents in our youth ministry.

In my free time, you can usually find me doing anything outside, but most likely chilling on the beach. I also enjoy Corgis and surfing and coffee, in no particular order.

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