MEET THE TEAM
Immanuel Baptist Church is honored to have Dr. Chris Morgan as Interim Pastor. In addition to being our Interim 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).
Dr. Tracy Johnson
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.
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.
Executive Assistant to the Pastor’s Office
My name is Julie and I serve as the Executive Assistant to the Pastor’s office here at Immanuel. I am a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and have served in church work for more than 25 years. I enjoy writing, speaking and hanging out at the beach.
Missions & Outreach
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 Iglesia Comunidad Emanuel
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.
Communications & Connections
Minister of Connections & Communications
My name is Daniel Choi and I am newly wed to Lauren! I grew up in Sydney Australia, watching kangaroos fight on the streets. My favourite meal is a steak over the camp fire, and my favourite drink is Coca Cola Original taste. God has called me to be a pastor, and I am so happy to be serving his kingdom.
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.
Dr. Joseph Bolin
Minister of Worship Production
Dr. David Toledo
Associate Worship Director
Director of Preschool
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.