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.

Ministry Administrator

Erin Griffin

Hello there! I'm Erin Griffin and I joined the Sunridge team in 2023 as the Ministry Administrator. My family found Sunridge in 2018 after relocating to Temecula. We quickly found in Sunridge a church family who is genuine, caring and loves to serve one another. I am passionate about helping others and using my gifts to do God's work.

My husband, Brett, and I were married in 2002 and lived in different areas of San Diego before relocating here and starting our family. We have three great kids, Aubrey, Nathan, and Julia. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and watching my kids participate in activities that bring them joy. I also love watching action movies and eating all the popcorn I can get my hands on!

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.

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.


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.

Facilities Tech

Greg Santos

I was born and grew up in the Los Angeles area, where I met and married my wife 45 years ago at Lakewood Community Church. God blessed us with three amazing boys which we raised here in Temecula Valley. Now that they are grown and are raising families of their own, including two granddaughters, a grandson, and another on the way, we love spending time together at our local beaches. I love those special occasions when I get to play a round of golf with our boys.

I'm retired from 50 years in the Retail Grocery business, most recently as an Albertsons Store Director here in the valley. I'm excited to join the Sunridge Community Church's Team, "Helping People Find & Follow Jesus."

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!

Children's Pastor

Tara Thomas

Greg and I are SoCal kids who moved to Temecula when we started having kids of our own 20 years ago. We thought we’d make some money on our house and move back down to San Diego County, but we quickly fell in love with Temecula and our church family here at Sunridge.

Now our kids are launching, and I am back on staff as the Children’s Pastor after about six years off. During that time, I served as the Global Outreach Coordinator for a Mission Organization that focuses on ministry to children, Every Generation Ministries. I was able to connect with many churches here in the valley as well as churches around the world. By the grace of God, I’ve been able to take teams of children’s workers to Nepal, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Uganda, Romania, and Hungary for leadership development and holiday Bible clubs. I was blessed to receive specialized training in Children’s Ministry I couldn’t have found anywhere else in the world.

I am so pleased to be back serving the families of Sunridge Community Church and leading our awesome volunteer team in ministry to children from 0-5th grade.

Middle School Directors

Craig & Juliann Winger

Craig and I have made Temecula home since it was called Rancho California. We both graduated from Chaparral High School and trained to be history teachers. Even with so much in common, we were barely acquaintances until we met again at a dance lesson in 2008. I was looking for a new church, and Craig suggested Sunridge since he had been going there for five years already. I showed up the next week and soon joined him, volunteering with the Kindergarteners until we married at the church in 2009.

Since then, we have added six kids to the crew. Craig enjoys watching and coaching our kid's sports as well as playing basketball at Sunridge and Dungeons and Dragons with family. Juliann learns along with the kids she homeschools and would love to have a food forest in her backyard and her house full of all things handmade. Together we enjoy reading books, paddle boarding on Canyon Lake, bike riding at the beach, and planning camping trips so we can see all the US National Parks.

Craig and I are excited to create experiences for Quest to give them fun ways to connect with each other and with Jesus. We want to walk alongside students as well as their parents to better navigate the journey, because life is better together.

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