OUR ElderS / pastors

Elders "pastor" (or "shepherd") God's people as they lead, teach and care with God's word. 
They do this as mere under-shepherds of the Chief Shepherd!

  • Dan arthur: Non-staff elder

    Dan and his wife Melanie were married in 1997, and they have three daughters and two sons. A retired Naval officer, Dan now works for the Navy as a contractor. Dan uses his teaching gifts in equipping classes and for our Sunday services on a regular basis.  He can often be found serving in a variety of ways, including in the leadership of our youth ministry.

  • Steve Farrington: Non-STAFF Elder / Treasurer     

    Steve is an accountant and financial planner who serves as one of our elders. He and his wife Sharon are long-time San Diego residents and have 4 adult children. Steve serves the church not only as treasurer, but as a source of wise, grace-filled counsel. Steve & Sharon lead a home group in La Mesa, and care for many who desire counsel. 

  • Marshall Narveson: non-staff Elder

    Marshall and his wife Janice have been married over 30 years and have six adult children. Originally from Wisconsin, Marshall enjoyed a first career with the U.S. Navy and is now employed as a government contractor. Marshall uses his gifts to help facilitate community through the men's ministry.

  • Rick padelford: Non-Staff elder

    Rick and his wife Margie were married in 1983. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. Rick works as a health care executive. He holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an M.B.A. in Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Rick preaches regularly on Sundays, and oversees our music ministry.

  • Tab Trainor: Staff PASTOR / ELDEr

    Tab has been married to his best friend, Sung, since 1997. In 1998 they were sent out to plant a church in the suburbs of Chicago. In 2012 Tab, Sung, and their four children were sent from that church to start Grace Church. He is a Guacho of UCSB, and holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. Tab is the primary preaching and vision pastor, in conjunction with the elders. Tab & Sung also lead a home group.

Deacons & Staff

OUR Deacons

The word "deacon" just means minister or servant.
So our deacons are "lead servants" who organize ministry in this body.

  • Sharon Farrington

    deacon of women’s care

    Sharon leads our women's ministry team, overseeing all women's ministry meetings and Bible studies. She also assists the elders by providing counsel to women in Grace Church.



    Eric serves the members in their personal evangelism by suggesting ideas or resources, and he oversees and leads our outreach courses:  Life Explored and Christianity Explored

  • Jane Richards


    Jane leads our hospitality team by overseeing Sunday refreshments and facilitating church fellowship contexts like our semi-regular potlucks.

  • Carmine Wood


    Carmine ensures that many of the administrative aspects of our Sunday services are running smoothly. She also helps to support a number of our ministry teams.



    Dustin oversees the sound portion of our Sunday services allowing our church to worship together and benefit from the preaching of God's Word.

Administrative Staff

  • Lindsay hellmers

    AdministraTIve assistant

    Lindsay provides organizational and administrative support for the various ministry leaders within our church. 



    Trudi oversees our children's ministry. She loves kids and would be happy to help you with any questions regarding our ministry to kids.