Riding the wave of life and growing in grace, together.

PIPELINE is the junior high and senior high school ministry of Lake Murray Community Church.

You’ll find our leaders to be individuals who genuinely love Jesus and His sheep, our students to be people who desire godly community and lifelong friendships, and our teaching to be centered on Christ and the gospel. We have lots of fun, too! Every Friday night we enjoy fun activities as part of our time in fellowship, and every month we have a special event to connect our youth more and more with one another (more details below). There’s always something fun to look forward to!

At Pipeline, you won’t be overlooked as just another number; you will be sincerely valued, cared about, and even challenged in your faith. We invite you to hang out with us—come and hop on the wave of life with us as we grow in grace, together!

Our Pastor

Marttell Sánchez

Marttell (also known as Marty) is a local San Diegan who grew up in the area of Chula Vista. After graduating from Bonita Vista High School (2001), he served a four-year enlistment as a communications journeyman in the Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he was awarded the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal (for his service in Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom). He then returned to San Diego in 2005 after honorably fulfilling his enlistment. It was at that point when he met Sandra, the woman who would become his wife. They have now been married for 12 years and have been blessed by the Lord with two very rambunctious boys: a 6-year-old named Kaleo and a 5-year-old named Christian (both of whom love soccer and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).

For formal theological training, Marttell attended Southern California Seminary here in San Diego, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (2012) and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (2017). He has also been licensed for ministry by our denomination, the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). He has a great love for God’s Word and a passion for teaching it, but most of all, he has a passion for Jesus and a desire for people of all ages and backgrounds to know Him intimately and to love Him deeply.

Marttell enjoys sports—especially soccer, football, and jiu jitsu—and he loves going on dates with his wife, playing with his kids, having family movie nights, eating plain vanilla ice cream, and drinking good coffee. Sorry Starbucks, he prefers local coffee shops. You can usually catch him at Brew Coffee Spot here in La Mesa or at Kaffee Meister in Santee, where he lives.

Our Volunteer Leaders

 Manny Perez

Manny is originally from Miami, Florida. He came to San Diego for an internship at Sharp Grossmont Hospital during his final semester at Florida International University as he was completing his Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy. He loved San Diego so much, though, that he decided to stay! Today, he’s a recreational therapist at a local correctional facility, helping men with broken pasts and building relationships with them. Here at Lake Murray, Manny has been an integral part of our youth ministry ever since he started volunteering. He has a love for people and a passion for sharing Christ with everyone he meets. He enjoys sports, doing outreach, working out, pouring hot sauce on everything he eats, drinking coffee, and eating burritos from Chipotle. If it was up to him, he’d probably live at our local Chipotle!

 Autumn Park

Autumn—along with her six siblings—practically grew up in this church. Through the years, she’s served in children’s ministry, homeless outreach, and Alzheimer’s care; now, she’s a beloved leader among our young ladies. She’s a graduate from Heritage Christian High School and has attended Grossmont College, and she lovingly works with children in daycare. As a true local San Diegan, she absolutely loves the beach. If you ask her, she’ll quickly let you know La Jolla Shores is her favorite spot (except for the parking). She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, pilates workouts, and all things unicorns! Oh, and she likes coffee too (especially vanilla lattes). Yep, drinking coffee is definitely a trend among all our leaders!

Sandra Sanchez

Sandra is originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, but she immigrated to San Diego after marrying Pastor Marttell over 12 years ago. The two met at a small Hispanic church in the City Heights area of San Diego, where they became best friends and fell in love. Pastor Marttell is a very fortunate man! Together, they are the joyful parents of two high-energy boys (one in first grade and the other in kindergarten). Prior to marriage, she worked on her bachelor’s degree in graphic design at Universidad de Tijuana. Today, she enjoys being a stay-at-home mom. She loves spending time with her family, eating good tacos, drinking Mexican mochas or caramel lattes, watching food and travel shows, and dreaming about her husband getting over his fear of flying so they could one day travel to Europe and Hawaii! (yes, he was in the Air Force; no, no one understands why he has a fear of flying!)

Our Values

  • EXALTING THE LORD: Since worship is not just done through music—although songs of praise are certainly a part of worship (Col 3:16)—and since worship is also not limited to Sunday services, we aim to live daily lives of worship in all that we do (Rom 12:1; 1 Cor 10:31), that the Lord might be magnified and glorified through us.
  • EXPOSITING THE LIVING WORD: Since the Scriptures are foundational to all that we do and imperative for our walks with Christ (Ps 119:105), it is important to us to spend time each week learning from the Bible and applying its truths to our hearts, that our lives might better reflect Christ.
  • EQUIPPING FOR LAY MINISTRY: Since we’ve been called to edify and equip one another for the Lord’s purposes in our lives (2 Tim 2:2; 1 Pet 3:15), we desire to build each other up for ministry and service.
  • ENCOURAGING IN LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES: Since we’ve been tasked to love and encourage one another (Jn 13:34-45; Gal 6:1-2; 1 Thess 5:11), we aim to come alongside each other in order to point one another back to the gospel as we walk through the various circumstances we face in life.
  • ENDURING IN LINK: Since Christ gave His life as a ransom for one Body, we want to persevere in loving unity (Ps 133:1; Jn 17:23; 1 Cor 1:10), linked together as one family in Christ (Eph 4:15-16).
  • EXTENDING IN LOVE: Since the two great commandments in Scripture are to love God and to love our neighbors (Deut 6:5; Lev 19:18; Matt 22:37-40), and since Jesus then deepened the command to love our neighbors by instructing us to love one another within the church sacrificially, in the same way as He loved us (Jn 13:34-35; Gal 6:10), we desire to live out the gospel by extending the love of Christ to all those around us—in our church, in our community, and the world beyond.

Our Mission

To mentor and disciple middle school and high school students toward maturity-in-Christ in a healthy, gospel-centered environment (Matt. 28:19-20).

Our Vision

We envision an interlinked family of youth (1 Cor. 12:12; 1 Pet. 3:8) who are lovingly committed to each other and the Lord (Col. 3:14; Heb. 12:1-2), unashamed of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16; 2 Tim. 2:15), firm-footed in their faith (1 Pet. 3:15), and multiplying in Christ (Jn. 17:23; 2 Tim. 2:2)—young people equipped to be all they are called to be and do all they are called to do in the local church, the local community, and the world abroad (Acts 1:8).

Weekly Events

  • YOUTH CLASS: Sundays, 9:00-10:15 AM. We gather in the main auditorium to worship through song with the entire church, then move to the youth room for our lesson (for the duration of the worship service). We also participate in communion each Sunday, keeping the gospel front and center in every lesson we have, and we provide an opportunity to our young people to worship through giving, as well (a basket is available for all students who wish to give a joyful offering).
  • YOUTH GATHERING: Fridays, 7:30-9:00 PM in the youth room. Doors open at 7:00 PM; our program for the evening begins at 7:30 PM. Our Friday night program typically consists of a time for worship through song, a time for a gospel-centered message from our youth pastor, a time for a group activity, and a time for connecting in fellowship with one another.

Special Events

Each month, we have a fun event to further connect our youth with one another (beach bonfires, movie nights, theme park trips, bowling nights, San Diego Padres games, laser tag nights, summer camps, etc.). There are also opportunities for our youth to reach out to the local community and abroad with the love of Christ (homeless outreach, orphanage outreach, short term missions trips, etc.).

Summer Camp

Our summer camp this year will be at Pine Valley Bible Conference Center, July 8-13. The all-inclusive cost is $270 per camper. Registration packets and $75 deposits are due Sunday, June 3. If you need a registration packet, or if you have a question about camp, don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Marttell at marttell@lakemurraystaff.org.

For more information, or to subscribe to text and/or email updates, please contact Pastor Marttell at (619) 460-6566 or marttell@lakemurraystaff.org.

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