Staff & Leaders

Troy Martin

Lead Pastor Troy grew up in Illinois. He and his wife Jessica met at college in Springfield, MO where Troy was an All American basketball player at Central Bible College and Jessica was an education major at Evangel University. They were married in the summer of 1995 and began several years of student and associate pastor ministry. In over 20 years of ministry, Troy and Jessica have been blessed to be on staff at some amazing churches from the midwest…

Alika Polanco

Creative Arts Pastor Alika grew up in San Diego and has served all over the county in music, Christian camping, youth, and pastoral leadership for over 15 years. He graduated with a bachelor’s in biblical studies from San Diego Christian College in 2007 and was married to his wife Samantha shortly after. They served in Oceanside, California at Generation Church for almost 8 years as youth pastor, worship leader, and interim lead pastor. Samantha and Alika have been at Venture…

Matt Sakauye

Next Steps Director Matt grew up in Manhattan Beach and graduated from UC Santa Barbara. After being radically transformed by Jesus in college, he decided that his life goal was to one day become a great husband and father, so he set off on a journey to prepare for those things at 19 years old. Less than two years later, he was engaged and got married in 2001 to his amazing wife, Jessica. Their ventures together landed them in Hawaii…

Eric Knoblock

Digital Church Director Eric was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He grew up in Vista, and moved to Encinitas in the 4th grade. He enjoys collecting vinyl records, the smell when it first starts to rain, and playing the guitar and piano.  He lives alone with his dog, Avery, along the coast and loves the salty air. An introvert (with extroverted tendencies), but praises God with his heart wide opened, unashamed of his love for Christ, and the…

James Parker

James was raised in Prescott, Arizona, where he met his wife, Maren. He and Maren have two little boys: Henley and Benson (who are young enough to still think his dad jokes are funny). Studying music in college, James finished an internship and got connected to Cornerstone Church, where he served nine years as the full-time worship pastor. He is also the San Diego area director for Likewise Worship. Likewise is a nonprofit ministry that develops healthy and humble worship…

Garrett Lawley

Youth Director Garrett was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He moved to San Diego to attend San Diego Christian College. While there, Garrett earned a degree in communication studies. He found a passion for ministry as a Young Life leader. Garrett has served in many roles with Young Life and local churches. He also loves to surf, spend time with friends, and enjoy all things active in his free time.

Kathie Bloom

Office Administrator Kathie Bloom has been the Office Administrator since 2019. Kathie has worked for organizations such as Microsoft, Hall Kinion and M Travel. She grew up in Sacramento, CA and became a Christian as a Jr. High girl attending church camp. Kathie is active with herVenture and leads the hospitality team each Sunday. She attended Vanguard University and while there she met her husband Bobby. Bobby, Kathie and their son Branden live in La Costa and have attended Venture…

Brooke Bell

Kids Director Brooke grew up in Indiana. She and her husband Michael met during college in Evansville, IN freshman year at Student Christian Fellowship. They married right after college and lived in the Indianapolis, IN prior to transferring to Memphis, TN area before finally landing in San Diego in 2015. They have two fun kids, Jackson and Harper, who keep them busy with all kind of activities. Brooke has been working in Kid Venture since 2018 and is currently in…

Ed Shinoda

Venture Coffee Lead Ed was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California.  Ed worked for the same worldwide logistics company for 38 years and retired as a Senior Executive. During his time he had many job rotations as well as advancement and relocation opportunities. Shortly after marrying his wife, Patti, they relocated to Hawaii where they were able to raise their family before retiring. Ed and his family began attending Venture Church two years ago when he accidently took the…