Pastor: Rev. James Lee
Pastor James grew up in Korea in a Buddhist family. He was converted at the age of 16, shortly after he came to the States. Not too long after his conversion, he felt the sense of call to pastoral ministry. He received his BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley (1987) and his M.Div. (Master of Divinity) from Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California (1991). He has been serving our church since its inception--as a church planter from 1994 - 2008 and as its senior pastor after its particularization in 2008. He is happily married to Cassie and has three children--Audrey, Connor, and Averey.
Ruling Elder: Rich Carlson
Ruling Elder: Bill Honaker
Bill grew up in San Diego enjoying the southern California lifestyle. During a severe illness in high school, the Lord graciously converted him. Since then he has sought to live his life to the glory of God. Bill has degrees in Classics and Information Systems, and has worked as an IT manager in a large urban school district for almost 40 years. He and Bertha have been married for almost 30 years and have four grown children and two grandsons. Bill is honored and thankful to be called by God to serve as an elder at New Life. Bill also enjoys carpentry, gardening, weight lifting, ham radio, and reading the puritans.
Ruling Elder: Joel Norris
Joel was born and raised in Southern California. He grew up in a very nominal Christian family but came to a full faith while an undergraduate at Caltech. After receiving a B.S. in Geophysics (1990), he went on to complete a Ph.D in Atmospheric Science at Univ. of Washington (1997). Joel has been a professor at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and a member of our church since 2000, and he was ordained as a ruling elder in 2008. He is the husband of Brittany and father of three daughters, Lydia, Adelaide, and Margaret, and two sons, Henry and James.
Deacon: Paul Han
Paul was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. Although he grew up in a loving and committed Christian home, it was his time as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University where he came to a fuller understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ through his introduction to reformed theology. After completing his undergraduate studies in Neuroscience, he went on to receive his medical degree at Drexel University. He moved to San Diego in 2009 to complete his medical training at Scripps Mercy Hospital where he now remains as faculty. He has been a member at our church since 2009 and was ordained as a deacon in 2014. He is happily married to Esther and a father to one daughter, Evelyn.
Deacon: Lynn Roberts
Lynn was born during the war years at his grandmother’s home in Olean, New York. Like most men at the time, his dad was serving in the Armed Forces. In 1947 his family moved to their newest and their last home in San Diego California. After high school, he joined the army and served in Germany for three years. Then he joined the Fire Department of San Diego and served for 33 years. During this time, he became a Christian and attended an OPC Church and served as a deacon for 19 years. Lynn and his wife Elizabeth became members of New Life La Jolla 17 years ago and have two grown children; Sarah and Nathan.