Don Axe grew up in Normal Heights and graduated from San Diego High School. At 15 years of age, he became a chef apprentice and earned the Apprentice Chef of the Year award. He worked at some of the best restaurants including the Hotel del Coronado and the Disneyland Hotel.
In 1972, Don came to faith in Jesus at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa. Later Don married and began a career in construction. He has two sons from that marriage which ended in divorce. He lived in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Alaska before returning to San Diego, designing and constructing alternative material homes, and building custom furniture and cabinets.
Don met his wife, Sharon, in 1999, and they were married in 2000. Sharon is a principal at Trinity Christian School, a ministry of Trinity Church. Don and Sharon have been attending Trinity Church for about six years. As well as being our Facilities Maintenance person, he works on his urban farm and is a “fromager” or cheese maker.
Bill Coe was born in Tulsa but grew up in Chula Vista. He met his wife, Kathy, at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church and they were married in 1978.
Bill graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Music Composition. He began graduate school at the University of Idaho after he and Kathy moved there to work, finishing a Master of Music degree in 1989. Finally, in 1999, he earned a Master of Arts in Theology at Bethel Seminary.
Since 1985 Bill has worked as a freelance composer, audio producer, and engineer, writing music for many companies including McDonald’s, Travelodge, the Padres, Sharp HealthCare, Cisco Computers, Sharp Business Machines, Dodge Dealers. He has been Director of Music at Trinity Church since 2012.
Krista Young was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been living in San Diego since 2001. She first came to be a part of the Trinity family through Trinity Christian School in 2012. When she is not working, she devotes her time to raising her daughter, Olivia, to be strong, beautiful and, above all, to trust in the Lord.
Krista is now embracing her opportunity to serve God in this amazing way by sharing His word with the children.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Rebecca Casey has been our Financial Administrator since June 2013. She works with the Finance Committee and the Pastor to support Trinity Church in accounting, payroll, budget, and contract issues.
Rebecca and her husband, Roger, have been married since 2002, Rebecca left work to become a stay-at-home mom to their two daughters, Riley and Reese. They came to Trinity Church in 2008 when Riley started pre-school at Trinity Christian School. Rebecca and her family value the love and support they receive from their Trinity Church and Trinity Christian School faith family. Rebecca is grateful to work for Trinity Church, where she can still be an involved parent for her two daughters during these formative years.
Patty Mason was born in Ventura, California and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona most of her life. She came to know the Lord as a teenager and became involved in Young Life through her high school years. She moved to San Diego in 1988 to enjoy the beach and further her career as a legal secretary. She has had several opportunities to work as a secretary receptionist in legal and healthcare fields throughout the years
Patty met her husband, Bob, in 1988 and they were married in 1990. Bob is originally from Michigan, and is a chiropractor in La Mesa. She became familiar with Trinity Church after her son, Wes attended TCS from first through third grade. She loved the sweet atmosphere of the campus and met many wonderful parents and staff.
She is most blessed while serving, greeting, and helping others at work or as a volunteer.
Jim Rauch started serving as Interim Pastor of Trinity Church in April, 2019. He served as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Escondido California from 1996-2017. He served as Associate Pastor in youth ministry at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church for 10 years. Jim received a B.A. in Economics from UCSD, and an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary and was ordained in 1986.
Jim and his wife Elizabeth have a son, Samuel, who graduated from Cal Poly SLO and now lives in Tucson, AZ. They have a daughter, Jesse, and son-in-law Tyler who are graduates of Azusa Pacific University. They have two grandchildren, Nora and Everett who live nearby in Escondido.
Jim grew up on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with five younger sisters. Jim’s main recreational pursuits are music, running, rowing, walking the dog, and home improvement projects. He and Elizabeth also help care for their parents.
His favorite Bible verse is John 8:12 – “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
Rebecca DeBreau came to faith in Jesus as a young child. Born and raised in La Mesa and El Cajon, she graduated from Grossmont High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art from Humboldt State University, and was a graphic designer for 30 years until she joined staff at Trinity Church.
As a young adult, Rebecca believed she would be a missionary. This didn’t happen, but God’s hand has been on her life in amazing ways. She feels privileged to serve Him at Trinity Church. This position brings all her passions for service – discipleship, missions, and design – together.
Her husband, Mike, is in the choir and on the worship team. They have been members of Trinity since 2004.
Coming from a musical family, Shirley Woodson started piano at age six, organ as a teenager, and majored in organ performance. Burned out from music and leaving the church while living in Hawaii, she quit playing for more than ten years.
Coming home to San Diego, through God’s intervention, Shirley took an organ job at Northminster Presbyterian Church when her cousin retired. During her 10 years playing there, God took hold of her life. She left Northminster for a two-year break from music. God again intervened, bringing her to Trinity Church when her boss’s wife wanted to retire to follow her son’s baseball career.
She began playing on January 1, 1997, and continues to be an active member of Trinity Church.
Victoria Browne has attended Trinity Church since a young child. Her love of music, especially the rhythm instruments, led her to get her Bachelors Degree in Music at San Jose State University, and her Masters and Teaching Credential at Point Loma Nazerene University. She is a full-time music teacher in San Diego County, and is married to Brian.
Joe Burke was born in Long Beach, California and lived there for most of his life. He was blessed with a family who loves Jesus. He has attended church his whole life and in middle school was baptized on a youth camp retreat in a Jacuzzi while thunder and lightning were roaring off in the distance. He considers sports his favorite hobby and was active in High School leading other students to Christ in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization.
Joe always grew up an avid Padres, Chargers, and Aztecs fan because several of his family members attended SDSU in the late 70’s through early 80’s. He was delighted when he was admitted to SDSU to follow those footsteps. While at SDSU, he furthered his calling by joining the Christian fraternity Alpha Gamma Omega. As a brother, he served as Chaplain, secretary, and house manager. Here he also met his fiancé Emily Kutch, who was in the sister sorority Alpha Delta Chi. He originally studied to be a physical therapist but after several opportunities to volunteer in youth ministries and sports camps, he came to love teaching. He currently teaches Physical Education for kindergarten through eighth at Trinity Christian School. Emily is also a teacher and works at a Montessori school in Lemon Grove. Emily and Joe are excited to take this journey together, inspiring middle and high schooler’s about Jesus and God’s word.
Joe’s favorite Bible verse is Psalms 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”