“So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.” Colossians 1:28 NLT

God has given us a dedicated and unified team committed to serving the body of Christ. We all have different strengths and different backgrounds. We believe this is a plus.  We invite you to read our stories.

Nathan Hogan (Senior Pastor)

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For more information about our Senior Pastor visit the “Our Pastor” page.

Bob Benthin (Pastoral Care Pastor)

Bob 1Bob has been our pastoral care pastor since 2002, when he was licensed by our church. With the loving shepherd’s heart God has gifted him with, he desires to reach out to the needy, the hurting, and the less fortunate in our community to offer comfort and encouragement. He also oversees our ministry to the elderly, faithfully serving our senior citizens with the grace of God. Bob enjoys spending time with his wife, Annette, going on walks, and taking care of his grandchildren. Here at Lake Murray, you’ll always find Bob greeting you as you walk through our foyer; he’s usually the first smiling face you see on Sunday mornings!

Marttell Sánchez (Pastor of Students & Outreach)

Marttell (also known as “Marty”) has been on pastoral staff since September of 2013. Originally, he oversaw the launch of our Hispanic ministry, but ever since January of 2015, Marttell has been overseeing our youth, young adults, and outreach ministries. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (2012) and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (2017), both from Southern California Seminary. He has also been licensed for ministry by our denomination, the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). He is married to Sandra, his wife of 12 years. Together, Marttell and Sandra have been blessed by the Lord with two boys (one in first grade and the other in kindergarten). Marttell enjoys going on dates with his wife, training with his kids at their soccer practices and their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy, having movie nights with his family, eating Mexican and Italian food, and drinking good coffee. You can frequently find him at Kaffee Meister in Santee (where he lives) or Brew Coffee Spot here in La Mesa. Feel free to track him down when you visit; he’d love to connect with you and get to know you in person!

Edwardo Silva (Associate Pastor of Spanish Ministries)

Edwardo and his wife, Gloria—along with their two beautiful children—joined the Lake Murray family in October of 2013, when our ministry to the Hispanic community was born. From the start, Edwardo has been a pillar in our Hispanic ministry. He is gifted with musical abilities, and he also has a passion and strong reverence for the Word of God, making him a great teacher and expositor of God’s Word. He graduated in May of 2014 from San Diego Christian College with a B.A. in Christian Ministries, and in June of 2016 he officially became our Associate Pastor of Spanish Ministries. We are excited to see how the Lord will continue to use him in our ministry to our Hispanic friends. Edwardo enjoys watching football and grilling out. He also loves inviting people over to his home for carne asada and pollo asado, and you’ll often find him manning the grill at church-wide events.

Sue Waugh (Administrator and Children’s Ministry Director)

Sue 1Sue has been faithfully and lovingly directing our children’s ministry since 2001. On top of this, she’s also been managing the church office and supporting our pastors with her administrative gifts for many years. If you’ve ever called our church office by phone, you would have been greeted by her sweet voice! She and her husband, Mike, have been blessed with four adult children (all of whom were raised in this church). She enjoys spending time with her family, having picnics at the beach with her husband, and drinking tea.

Brian Neynaber (Music Director)


Brian has been leading the worship ministry of our church since July of 2013. He has a degree in business management from San Diego State University, a major which helps him in his role of leading and developing the music ministry team.  Brian and his wife, Bethany, are local San Diegans, too, so when he’s not playing music, you’ll frequently find him and Bethany hiking through San Diego’s beautiful trails, playing tennis, or riding their mountain bikes. He is passionate about worship, and every week he looks forward to joining with the church in the worship of our Lord in spirit and in truth.