Lead Pastor Candidate: Jim Marian

The Pastoral Search Team is pleased to announce that after several months of diligent seeking and prayer, we now have a candidate. His name is Jim Marian. Pastor Jim is married to Harriet who is a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. They have one daughter still at home, Sophia, who is 13 years old. Plans are underway for a week long candidating period with Pastor Jim preaching on Sunday, June 30 (with member voting to follow). The following is a glimpse at who he is and his passion for ministry.


Educational Training

Masters of Divinity
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California

Bachelor of Arts in Church Growth,
Biblical Studies, and Preaching

Pacific Christian College
Fullerton, California

Ministry Experience

Grace of Christ Church (ECO)
Lead Pastor
Yakima, Washington

Mira Mesa Pres. Church
Lead Pastor (Interim)
San Diego, California

Rancho Bernardo Community Church
Pastor of Students & Young Adults
San Diego, California

New Hope Church (CBA)
Lead Pastor
San Marcos, California

Azusa Pacific University
Adjunct Professor of Religion
Azusa, California

Lake Avenue Church
Pastor to High School Students
Pasadena, California

Church of the Open Door
Pastor of Student Ministries
Glendora, California

First Evangelical Free Church
Assistant High School Minister
Fullerton, California


“I am an evangelical, Bible-based preacher/teacher who is committed to reaching the lost and growing believers to maturity in Christ. I have lived and ministered in Southern California and have come to appreciate agricultural communities from ministering in Central Washington the past two years. I was trained in ministry for five years as I served at First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton under Chuck Swindoll’s leadership and have a Master’s of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. I am currently in transition: even though there has been much productive ministry in my last church, the “fit” was not the best and the distance from our family has proven too much. We sense God calling us back to California to serve Him, even though it’s only been several years since we left.

Calvary Community Church emphasizes what I do: multi-generational, multi-cultural, reaching the lost, strong bible-teaching, small groups, and equipping people to share their faith and use their gifts to serve others.

I am gifted to preach and share God’s Word with others in biblical, relevant and practical ways. I use humor and stories to connect with people and God uses it to help people grow! I am a leader of leaders and have helped disciple many people who are now in full-time ministry. I am passionate about people growing relationships through authentic Christian community and building disciples that are equipped and committed to growing in God’s love, sharing God’s love and serving others.

I am a committed follower of Jesus Christ—growing as a disciple, building relationships with others and serving those in need. I am dedicated to my family and love spending time with them. I strive to be a person of godly character and model my faith in word and deed. I see the potential in others and love encouraging them spiritually and developing them for ministry. I enjoy learning, studying and communicating God’s Word. I love the outdoors and like being active – biking, hiking, golfing, working out, etc… I enjoy connecting with God through music and love playing worship songs with my guitar.

I am married to my beautiful wife, Harriet who served as a nurse at Children’s Hospitals in Los Angeles and San Diego, Ca. and is now the school nurse at a local high school. She loves ministry and encouraging moms with their families. We have four children (three pursuing their education and careers in Los Angeles and a 13-year-old daughter who keeps us busy!”

Pastor Marian’s Sermons

You can stream several of Pastor Jim’s sermons by visiting vimeo.com/jimmarian.



Our Lead Pastor Search Team is excited to announce the Pastor Referral process! This process allows Calvary members and attenders to submit information to the Lead Pastor Search Team about potential candidates whom they think would be a good fit for Calvary. It also answers questions about our church and the transition process!

Candidate Referral Form

The Candidate Referral Form is designed to receive your suggestions for a potential candidate for Calvary Community Church. If you believe your referral is a good fit, please fill out this online form, which will be forwarded to our Lead Pastor Search Team. All referrals will be treated with confidentiality

Lead Pastor Profile

Our Lead Pastor profile is a document outlining the qualifications and requirements of Calvary’s new Lead Pastor including, but not limited to education, experience and Spiritual temperament. In addition, this document outlines the basic responsibilities our new Lead Pastor will assume.

Calvary Community Church Profile

Our Church Profile attempts to provide an honest, accurate, and transparent representation of Calvary Community Church. Various ministries are highlighted, and some relevant statistics are provided, all with the goal of giving a potential Lead Pastor an initial insight into Calvary Community Church.

Pastoral Search Team Members

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Mark Belokonny
Transitional Consultant


Josh Bowers
Member at Large


Tom Coyan
Member at Large

Steve Souza
Deacon Board Chair


Cathy Moretto
Member at Large


Warren “Brick” Taylor


Dave Basehore


Bruce Hunter


Steve Karim
Member at Large


Dan Brannon

*Please view the Church Profile to see Search Team biographies.

Lead Pastor Candidate Inquiry

Are you a Lead Pastor curious about a ministry opportunity at Calvary Community Church? If so, please send an email to our Lead Pastor Search Team Chairman Steve Souza at steve.souza@calvarymanteca.org. Please include your current church name and website (if currently serving in a church), your experience with leading large (800 or larger) churches, and any other information you may think pertinent. Please know that all correspondence will be held in the highest of confidentiality.

Pastoral Search Team

The Pastoral Search Team has been formed. The team is being resourced by our Transitional Consultant, Mark Belokonny and the Executive Director of Next Gen Churches, David Whitaker. They are: Steve Souza, Bruce Hunter, Brick Taylor, Dave Basehore, Dan Brannon, Josh Bowers, Tom Coyan, Cathy Moretto, and Steve Karim.