Say hello to the leadership team at Christ Lutheran Church. You can e-mail any person by clicking on their photo. If you would prefer to call, our number is 619-462-5211.
Rev. Dr. Richard Burkey - Senior Pastor
Pastor Richard Burkey has served Christ Lutheran Church Ministries since February of 1997. Previously, he served at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Camden, Arkansas and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bartow, Florida. Pastor Burkey also serves as Secretary on the Pacific Southwest District Board of Directors and is a former ambassador for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts! He holds an Associate of Arts from, Concordia University – Austin, TX, a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Concordia University - Chicago, IL, a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary – St. Louis, MO, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary - Pasadena, CA.
Rev. Travis Ferguson - Pastor
Pastor Travis Ferguson has served Christ Lutheran Church Ministries since January of 2019. Previously he served as Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, TN. Pastor Travis has served as a police and fire chaplain for various agencies in Missouri and Tennessee, and has also been a Chaplain in the United States Air Force since 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Behavioral Science from Concordia University-Seward, NE and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary- St. Louis, MO.
Xavria Schwarz - Christ Lutheran School Principal
Ms. Xavria Schwarz has served as the principal at Christ Lutheran School since 2000. Before becoming a principal, Ms. Schwarz taught 4thgrade at Bethlehem Lutheran School in Kennewick, WA. Ms. Schwarz was named the Pacific Southwest District’s Administrator of the Year in 2009 and Concordia University’s Outstanding Alumna of the Year in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Child Development and a Teaching Credential from Concordia University – Irvine, CA and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Heritage University – Toppenish, WA.
Robyn Richison - Financial Administrator
Robyn Richison has served at Christ Lutheran Church Ministries since September of 2016. Robyn’s family have been members of Christ Lutheran Church for more than 45 years. Robyn has almost 20 years of accounting and finance experience in non-profit, government, and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from San Diego State University- San Diego, CA.
Kathy Garces - Administrative Accountant
Kathy Garces has served at Christ Lutheran Church Ministries since September 2007. She has been a church member since her daughter started kindergarten at Christ Lutheran School in 2001. Kathy has over 30 years of accounting experience in non-profit, government and small business sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Cheri Selander - Coordinator of Youth Ministries
Cheri Selander has served as a Director of Christian Education at Christ Lutheran Church since May of 1989 as Coordinator of Youth Ministry. Previously, she served at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, CA. Cheri also serves the Pacific Southwest District and Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in Youth Ministry, and also in supporting and advocating for the ministry of Directors of Christian Education in our church body. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Director of Christian Education Certification from Concordia University- Seward, Nebraska.
Brandon Heath - Minister to Youth
Brandon Heath began serving at Christ Lutheran in 1999 as a Director of Christ Education (DCE) intern. He has served as a DCE, with the title of Minister of Youth, since July 2000. Brandon has also worked with Young Adults in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod as part of "Orange Nation" and serves the Pacific Southwest District in a variety of ways. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Director of Christian Education Certification from Concordia University-Seward, Nebraska.
Roger Howard - Minister of Worship and Music
Roger Howard has served as Minister of Music and Worship at CLCM since July of 2006. He has served previous congregations in Ohio, California, and Missouri as music and/or youth minister for the past 34 years. Roger is married to Jeanmarie. They have two sons, Ryan and Michael, both of whom are pursuing full-time ministry vocations in the Lutheran Church. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Parish Music and Director of Christian Education Ministry from Concordia College - Portland, OR and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH.
Kathy Barkett - Minister of Contemporary Worship
Kathy Barkett has served Christ Lutheran Church Ministries part-time as Praise Band Worship Leader since 1999, and is now full-time, having added the responsibility of Christ Lutheran School Music Teacher. Kathy grew up in a musical family, enjoyed band in middle school, choir in high school, taught private lessons, worked as Musical Director at Valhalla High School, accompanied CYT and CCT, and plays several instruments. She has a passion for kids, especially with regards to raising up young worship leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego.
Kim Voss - Administrative Assistant
Kim Voss has served at Christ Lutheran Church since 2019. Previously, she has served as School Program Supervisor and Children’s leader for San Diego East Bible Study Fellowship. Kim is an alumnus of our own Christ Lutheran School and has been a member of our church community since 1984.
Stuart Gardner - Community & Communications Coordinator
Stuart Gardner has served at Christ Lutheran Church Ministries since 2019. Previously, Stuart worked in the photography and design industry for nearly 20 years. He has been a member at CLCM since 2014 and has enjoyed being involved with Life Groups, youth ministry, and the weekend worship volunteer team. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography - Santa Barbara, CA. If you see him around the church or school be sure to give him a High 5.
Craig Barkett - Facilities Director
Craig Barkett has served Christ Lutheran Church Ministries as the facilities manager since February of 2003. Previously he worked for Cal Fire, taught science at Lutheran High school and was a ceramic tile contractor, all in the San Diego area. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Point Loma Nazarene College- San Diego, CA.
Sarah Barkett - Community and Communications Specialist
Sarah Barkett has served at Christ Lutheran Church Ministries since August of 2018. Sarah and her family have been members of Christ Lutheran Church for almost 50 years. She is currently in college to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design.