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our leadership

The Team includes you! New Life Community Church is made up of volunteers, partners, and staff. We want you to join us!

Ministry Team

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Marttell Sánchez

Lead Pastor

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Sandra Sánchez

Kids Ministry Director

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Jerry Irwin

Care Pastor

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Emily Hewitt

Kids Ministry Aide

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Bob Mahaffey

Student Ministry Leader

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Gretchen Hargreaves

Office Administrator

Executive Board

Paul Otto

Chairman of the Board

Debbie Mitchell


John Lattimore

Board Representative

Cindi Sagan

Board Representative

Marttell Sánchez

Lead Pastor

Randy Dietze

Board Representative

Robin Otto

Board Representative

Gary Akerstrom


Shane Garroutte

Board Representative

April Rosales

Board Representative

Our Pastor

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Marttell was born and raised in San Diego, California. He and his wife, Sandra, have two elementary-age boys and two German Shepherd Dogs. As a family, they enjoy movie nights, training at their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy, and going on adventures with their dogs. Marttell also loves books, plain vanilla ice cream, and pour-over coffee. You can usually catch him at Black Oak Coffee Roasters, his favorite coffee shop in town!

Licensing & Education

  • M.A., Christian Ministry, Southern California Seminary, 2017

  • B.A., Biblical Studies, Southern California Seminary, 2012

  • Certificate, C.P.E., College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, 2022

  • License for Ministry, Evangelical Free Church of America, 2018