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Rev. Mario Morales - Interim Pastor

Dr. Morales was born and raised in Guatemala, and immigrated to the United States to join his parents in his early twenties. He holds a BS in Philosophy and Religion from the University of Le Verne, a Master of Arts and Theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Carey Theological College in Vancouver, Canada.He then joined the ABC USA International Ministries, serving as a missionary in Bolivia.

He has since spent much of his career as Chaplain and Bereavement Service Director for Unity Hospice.  For the last several years, he has also held an Adjunct Professor position in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at his alma mater, La Verne University. 

Jessica Mireles - pianist

Jessica received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California. She currently teaches a piano studio of forty students and is President of the Santa Barbara Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California. Jessica is a published writer and is currently working on a novel. You can read her blog at

Nancy Johnson - treasurer

Nancy has been Treasurer since 2010. A southern California native, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from U.C.R. and originally worked as a software developer. She and her husband Greg moved to Goleta in 1979. As their three children grew older, Nancy returned to college and earned a Business Accounting Certificate through U.C.S.B. Extension. Aside from her work, Nancy enjoys playing synthesizer in the church worship band and likes to play clarinet in small ensembles.

Michele Tappeiner - director, Goleta Valley Nursery School

Michele’s passion for teaching began many years ago while she was a young girl providing child care at her family’s church. In 1984, Michele began working at a local preschool and by 1986 she was a pre-kindergarten teacher for a private school in town. Over the next 20 years, Michele worked with children in various capacities, including working in an infant care center with high risk infants and running a children’s center at the YMCA. In 2006, she joined Goleta Valley Nursery School (GVNS) as a teacher and was the Assistant Director for several years. In 2013 she became the Director.