PIPELINE is the junior high & 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 play games 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!

If you’re looking for a place where you won’t be overlooked as just another number—where 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 Leaders

Marttell Sanchez, Youth Pastor

Marttell originally came on staff in 2013 to help launch our ministry to Spanish speakers. After a year of serving as our Hispanic Ministry Pastor, he transitioned to serve as our Pastor of Students & Outreach, and he’s been serving in this role ever since. He’s a local San Diegan who grew up in the Chula Vista area and graduated from Bonita Vista High School. After high school, he served a four-year active duty enlistment in the Air Force. After fulfilling his enlistment and being honorably discharged, he returned to San Diego and met his wife, Sandra. It was during this time that Marttell felt led to ministry, so he began attending Southern California Seminary, where he eventually completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (2012) and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (2017). 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 to know Him. Marttell enjoys sports—especially soccer and football—and he loves going on dates with his wife, having family movie nights with his little ones, eating plain vanilla ice cream, and drinking good coffee. Sorry, Starbucks; he prefers local coffee shops!

 Manny Perez, Volunteer Leader

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’s degree in recreational therapy. He loved San Diego so much, though, that he decided to stay! 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. Yes, everyone! Once, as someone was test-driving his car which was up for sale, he spent over two hours just talking about life and Jesus, and they had just met. He enjoys sports, doing outreach, working out, pouring hot sauce on everything he eats, drinking coffee, and eating burritos from Chipotle. In fact, if it was up to him, he’d live at our local Chipotle. So, if you’re someone who loves Chipotle, you’ll love Manny, too!

 Autumn Park, Volunteer Leader

Autumn—along with her six siblings—practically grew up in this church. Through the years, she’s served in children’s ministry and homeless outreach; now, she’s a beloved leader among our young ladies. She’s a graduate of Heritage Christian High School and currently a student at Grossmont College. 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, and making coffee runs. Ask her what her favorite drink is; she’ll probably offer to treat you to your very own cup!

Sandra Sanchez, Volunteer Leader

Sandra is originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, but she emigrated to San Diego after marrying Pastor Marttell over 10 years ago. The two met at a small Hispanic church in the City Heights area, quickly becoming best friends, falling in love, and desiring to spend the rest of their lives together. Pastor Marttell is a very fortunate man! Together, they are the joyful parents of two rambunctious boys (one in preschool and the other in kindergarten) whom everyone in the youth group have adopted as their little brothers. So, in a way, Sandra is also everyone’s 2nd mom! Prior to marriage, she worked on her bachelor’s degree in graphic design at Universidad de Tijuana. Today, she also serves as one of our Teacher’s Aids here at Lake Murray Christian Preschool. She enjoys spending time with her family, eating good tacos, watching food and travel television 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: Worship is not just done through music, although songs of praise are certainly a part of worship (Col. 3:16). At our core, though, we want to live daily lives of worship in all that we do (Rom. 12:1), that the Lord might be magnified and glorified through us.
  • EXPOSITING THE LIVING WORD: The Scriptures are foundational to all that we do and imperative for our walks with Christ (Ps. 119:105). Therefore, it’s important to us to spend time each week learning from the Bible.
  • EQUIPPING FOR LIFE: 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). Thus, we want to build each other up for life and ministry to one another.
  • ENDURING IN LINK: We want to persevere in unity (Ps. 133:1; Jn. 17:23), linked together as one family in Christ (Eph. 4:15-16).
  • EXTENDING IN LOVE: We believe we’ve been called to live out the gospel and the love of Christ to all those around us (Matt. 22:37-40). As such, we desire to extend the love of Christ to others in our community and 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 Gatherings

  • Growth Class: Sundays, 9:15 – 10:15 AM, in the Youth Room (during the worship service).
  • Youth Group: Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, in the Youth Room (doors open at 6:00 PM).

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.).

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