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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…

Jessica Martin

Jessica is the wife of Troy and mom to Reiley, Reygan, and Trevan. She was born and raised in CA and met Troy while attending college in MO. Since their marriage in 1995, she and Troy have been involved in full-time church ministry. Jessica has had a love for kids and teaching for as long as she can remember. She has a BA in Education with a Child Development minor, a CA teaching credential, and a Master’s degree in Educational…

Matt Sakauye

Executive Pastor Matt grew up in Manhattan Beach and graduated college 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…

Alika Polanco

Teaching + Young Adults 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…

Garrett Lawley

Youth Pastor 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.

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…

Andres Perez

Andres grew up in Glendale, Arizona, but moved to California when he was twelve. He grew up in Church and was blessed to grow under his father’s pastorate in his early years. Andres has served in various ministries throughout his life. He has spent most of his life in Encinitas and loves utilizing his professional training, skills, and gifts to serve his community, especially the Hispanic community. Andres has a bachelor’s in theology and a master’s in social (MSW). He…

Eric Knoblock

Creative 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 enjoys all things nature, and is always planning his next adventure. An introvert (with extroverted tendencies), but praises God with his heart wide opened, unashamed of his love for Christ, and the amazing blessing it has…

Yasmine Alatriste

Yasmine was born and raised in San Diego, California. Her degree is in Business Communication from Arizona State University. She loves the beach, going on walks, traveling, and game nights with her friends. She enjoys leading musical worship and serving alongside the people at Venture. Yasmine chooses to serve and follow God not because it will give her a perfect life, but an eternal and abundant life. She has experienced the Lord’s redemption and unconditional love which has inspired in her…

Becca Adkinson

Becca grew up in Long Beach, California. She received her degree from Cal State Long Beach. She recently retired from a 25 year career in retail. Becca and her family, Steve along with their 3 daughters have been attending Venture since 2021. Becca has jumped in to serve in KidVenture. She loves being the face kids recognize to feel welcome and safe. When Becca is not working, you can find her serving at her daughters school, hosting bible studies, reading…

Lily Martin

KidVenture Associate Director Lily was born and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where she met her husband, Ricky. She has attended Venture Church and served in KidVenture since 2014 and has loved watching all God has done. In her pursuit of ministry, Lily draws on the values of community, connection, and understanding. Guided by a deep sense of purpose, she is committed to spreading love, hope, and the good news of…

Jessica Sakauye

Jessica grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California. She received her degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. During her journey in college she developed a passion for full-time ministry wherever the Lord led her. Jessica and her family have been attending Venture since 2017.  She enjoys warm sunshiny days, creating or learning something new, making special memories with her family, and sharing her aloha spirit.
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