MEET THE TEAM
Immanuel Baptist Church is honored to have Chris Morgan, PhD., as Lead Pastor. In addition to being our Pastor, Chris serves as the Dean for the School of Christian Ministries and Professor of Theology at California Baptist University. He has served in pastoral ministry for more than twenty-four years.
Chris and his wife Shelley have one daughter Chelsey. He enjoys walking, reading, baseball, golf, and especially time with his family at the ocean. They have been a part of the Immanuel family for more than ten years.
He is the author or editor of over 20 books, including Christian Theology: The Biblical Story and Our Faith, A Concise Dictionary of Theological Terms, Baptists and the Christian Tradition, and Biblical Spirituality. He also serves as the editor of the Theology in Community series (8+ volumes, Crossway), a general editor of the Systematic Theology Study Bible (ESV, Crossway), and a general editor of the new Theology for the People of God series (15 volumes, B&H).
My name is Tracy, I am a San Bernardino lifer and love this valley. Immanuel is my home Church and I returned here about 15 years ago and came on staff over 12 years ago. My wife and partner in ministry is Cheryl, we have 4 adult children and 5 grandkids. Our heart is to see Immanuel glorify God and be a leader for Him in the Inland Valley and beyond.
Hi, my name is Stephen, and I’m the Associate Pastor of Ministry Leadership. My wife Natalie and I met in college and have been happily married for 21 years. We have three kids age 15, 13, and 10. Before joining Immanuel, I was Senior Pastor at Crossview Bible Church in Yucca Valley and an Adjunct Professor at California Baptist University. In my free time, I love hiking, gardening, golfing, and stargazing. Pretty much anything that involves fresh air and God’s beautiful creation. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Minister of Church Administration
My name is Gary Pounds, and I am the Minister of Church Administration. I have been a member of IBC since 1976. I was saved at IBC summer camp when I was 14. I have been married to my wonderful wife Mary for 37 years. I have four adult children, three of whom are married and have 4.75 grandchildren so far. I spent 30 years in executive level management in the private sector prior to being asked to serve IBC in my current capacity. Prior to coming on staff, I served in many lay positions at IBC including chairman of the trustees, chairman of the deacons, Sunday school director and teacher as well many other areas of ministry. I love IBC, its people and staff and consider it a blessing to serve here.
Director of Preschool
My name is Kim Alford I am married to Johnney, we have 4 kids Sage (Married to Karoline), Elizabeth, Julianne and Caleb. After graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary I moved back to Southern California were I have served in Preschool and Children’s Ministries for over 30 years. The thing I most enjoy is being able to tell boys and girls and their mom’s and dad’s too, about God’s great love and plan for them….and I have an excuse to listen to kid’s praise songs in my car.
Hello! I’m Teresa Barrett. I’m married to Bob and together we have 5 children. We enjoy the outdoors, music and art. I have the pleasure of serving IBC as the Office Manager.
Over the past 20 years, Joseph Bolin’s career has spanned a broad cross-section of performance, music education, professional conducting, and church worship ministry. After pursuing an early career in opera, in which he studied and performed throughout the United States and abroad, Joseph embraced the Lord’s leading into full time worship ministry, a vocation he has actively pursued for the past 20 years. As a full-time worship pastor, Joseph has lead worship ministries of hundreds in several influential churches spanning a variety of worship styles and cultures dynamics. In addition to his vocation as a worship pastor, Joseph received his DMA in choral conducting in 2013. That same year, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas Butler School of Music, serving as Associate Director of Choral Studies where he taught voice and conducted the University of Texas Concert Chorale. In 2016, Dr. Bolin accepted the position of Dean of the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University where he leads a school of over 400 music students and 60 faculty. With undergraduate and graduate programs in performance, composition, music education, and worship studies, the School of Music at CBU features 22 major vocal and instrumental ensembles, performing more than 200 concerts annually throughout the US. In January of 2019, Dr. Bolin became the Worship Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church where he leads a team of gifted artists in the mission of facilitating authentic, passionate, and excellent worship during weekend services.
Director of Missions and Outreach
Hello! My name is Ashley Culpepper. I was born and raised in the south (I’m a Georgia peach at heart), but I’ve lived all across the globe. In my free time I enjoy spending time in local coffee shops, reading, drawing, traveling, and experiencing any new adventure. God gave me a heart for missions at a young age, and I’m blessed to be able to serve as the Director of Missions & Outreach to help spread the Gospel locally and to the nations.
Minister of Young Adults
My name is Joe Cosato, and I am passionate about teaching and discipling young adults, cultivating a community of passionate followers of Jesus. I have been in ministry since 2016 , serving in youth, young adults, and young marrieds. I have been married to my wife, Brianna, since 2018. She is the best part of my life! In my free time I enjoy reading, soccer, drinking coffee, cooking new recipes, and playing with my Australian Shepherd, Hunter.
Minister of Senior Adults
Al Lebrun, Minister of senior adults is married to Jeannie coming up to 49 years this July. I like to cook to relax, walk and ride a bike to exercise. I like all kinds of hats especially Cowboy hats and fedoras. The one continent I would love to visit over any other is Africa because I love to see animals in the wild the way God created them. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Minister of Worship Production
My Name is Justin McWhorter and this summer I will have been married to my wife, Jaime for 20 years! We have three super talented kids, Kameron (19), Logan (16) and Kyleigh (14). I have been in full-time ministry since 2004. I have heart for worship and love to be involved in all the details that come together to usher our church family into the presence of the Almighty. I like to golf and love to fish. When I’m not at work or with my family, you’ll find me sipping a Dr. Pepper on a vessel out in the Pacific.
Director of Children’s Ministries
My Name is Jaime McWhorter and I have been serving in Children’s Ministry at Immanuel since 2012. My husband, Justin and I have been in ministry together since we met at California Baptist University in 2000. We have three children.; Kameron (19), Logan (16) and Kyleigh (14). I love music, reading, crafting and shopping. Mexican food is always my first choice and I think cold drinks should be served over ice. My favorite thing about Kid’s Ministry is seeing kids make the connection between the truth of God’s Word and its application in their own lives.
Minister of Students and Families
My name is Mike McCassey and before anything else, I am a “work in progress” follower of Christ. I have been married to my amazing wife Kristy for 21 years now and we have 4 crazy but awesome children. I love music, playing guitar, golf, grilling, movies, and anything else that involves hanging out with my family. God has given me the great privilege of being a pastor and it’s my desire and hope to serve Him in this capacity for the rest of my life.
Minister of Immanuel Bangladesh
William has served in ministry to the people of Bangladesh for several years and is currently serving as the pastor of IBC Bangladesh. In California there is no Bangla (Bangladesh native language) speaking church where they can worship in their mother language. They are working with the Bangladesh community in Loma Linda, Redlands, Highland and San Bernardino.
Director of Discipleship & Men’s Ministries
Hi! I’m Scott Stevenson, and I’ve been happily married for the past thirty years to my lovely wife, Maria. I’m better known as Maria Stevenson’s husband at Immanuel. We have four boys, Marco, Blake, and the twins Michael and Matthew. The Lord called me out of Law Enforcement to ministry in 2007, and I have been serving ever since. If you haven’t figured it out, you will learn soon that I love Discipleship! Discipleship gave me my focus in my Christian walk. I want everyone to have this tremendous advantage, especially at the beginning of their walk with the Lord. I hope to continue to share my love of the Lord’s command for many years to come.
Associate Worship Director
I’m David Toledo and I’ve been married to Lindsey since 2004, and we have four kids: Will, Ellery, Ethan, and Kate. In addition to serving at Immanuel in the Worship Ministry, I’m the Associate Dean of the School of Music at CBU. I grew up in Louisiana, spent the first twenty years of my adult life in Texas, and now I’m happy to live here in Southern California. I love my Lord, my family, my church, and my school. I’m so excited about what God is doing in our church and can’t to see what happens in the future!
Minister of Middle School Ministries
My name is Tyler Perry, and I l express my love for Theology through teaching and discipling students. I have been at Immanuel since I was in 1st grade, saved, discipled, and called to ministry here working over 5 years in MS ministry at Immanuel, with 10 years of youth ministry experience (volunteer, part time, full time). My wife Kailey is the better of us two, and we enjoy anything outside (hiking, camping, travel, etc). Glad Peter had a dream (Acts 10:9-16).
Ambassador of North American Missions Ministries
Ministry Assistant, Missions & Discipleship
Senior Communications Coordinator
Safety & Facilities Manager
Ministry Assistant, Education Ministries