• "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction." 2 Tim 4:2

Chris Quinn - Minister

Chris Quinn was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Soon after graduating from college, he became a Christian through obedience of the Gospel.  In 1976, Chris began occasional preaching and has since served churches in Pennsylvania, Texas, and California, as well as in Honduras and Colombia.   His fluency in Spanish has helped him to work closely with the churches of Christ in Medellin, Colombia for over 35 years, including 3½ years residing there.  Over the years, Chris has also worked in accounting and education, completing 18 years in public education as a teacher and school principal. In 1997 he earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California and served as a professor at Azusa Pacific University for ten years before he began preaching the Gospel at the Johnson Avenue.  He and his wife Betsy, a retired educator, live in La Mesa, California.

Oscar Velasquez - Spanish Minister

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve God and His Church in Johnson Avenue for the past ten years, where my wife Jessica and I have been raising our three daughters with the good examples of the brethren here, the great love and care of our Shepherds and also the loving service of our Deacons. Language is not a barrier but an opportunity to serve God in Johnson Avenue. Oscar Velazquez begun serving as our Spanish Evangelist in August 2004. Prior to beginning his work with Johnson Avenue, Oscar served for three years helping Carlos Peres, the Evangelist for Chula Vista Iglesia De Cristo on L Street, and also worked with Jose Luis Torres the Evangelist for Palomar Iglesia De Cristo in Chula Vista. Oscar is a Certified Marriage Seminar Facilitator for the Family Dynamics Institute. He has studied Spanish correspondence courses with Wichita Falls Texas Spanish Literature Ministry from the Church of Christ, correspondence courses with Bayamon Puerto Rico Church of Christ, and correspondence courses with Truth for Today Arkansas, correspondence courses with CBPOC materials by Larry Withe Farmerville Louisiana Church of Christ. He also had the honor and privilege to study at the feet of Agustin Garcia Figueroa Lara, after Brother Agustin retired from directing The Latin American Christian Institute in Tijuana B.C. Mexico. Agustin also worked with Oscar at Johnson Avenue from February 2006 until he went to be with the Lord, for almost three years blessing him with his knowledge. Oscar was invited by Dillard Harwell and his fellow Elders to start the Spanish work teaching three Hispanic members at the time in 2004 and God increased the work and the members to 75 today.

Andrew Lemus - Family and Youth Minister

Andrew Lemus was born and raised in the Inland Empire of Southern California. In his pursuit of truth, he was taught the gospel through an internet chat room in 2003. After obeying the gospel in July of 2003, he met and married Aimee Biffle. Soon after their marriage the two of them decided to attend the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver where both of them graduated and received a bachelor’s degree. Aimee received a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Andrew in Bible. Since graduating from Bear Valley in 2007 Andrew and Aimee have been serving the Lord full time through teaching, evangelizing, ministering, and preaching.

Andrew first served as an intern for six months with the Broken Arrow Church of Christ in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma as a domestic missionary. Following those six months of service he led in planting a church in Conifer Colorado where he served for three years. From Colorado he went back to his hometown of Norco California where he served as an evangelist, preacher, and teacher for three years.

Aimee Lemus has written for various blogs, spoken at various ladies days, taught numerous Bible classes, and has served her household of three, soon to be four, children. Having been the daughter of a minister, Aimee effectively serves as a minister’s wife. Aimee, who was part of the Oklahoma Christian singing group New Reign in 2001, loves leading the ladies in worship at ladies days and studies.

Andrew and Aimee now reside in Santee, CA and are serving God through the Johnson Avenue Church of Christ. Andrew serves as a preacher, evangelist, and minister of the Johnson Avenue Church of Christ with an emphasis on serving the youth and families.

Others we support

The Johnson Avenue church supports various men who preach the gospel in other parts of the world.  This is the current list of those men. Words of encouragement to them are welcomed.

Name Location Contact Work Report
Yera Surender Mumbai, India Contact Yera October 2015
Zane Perkins Santiago, Chile Contact Zane January 2015
Derrick Victor Oxnard, CA Contact Derrick August 2015
Dan DeGarmo Chilicothe, OH Contact Dan June 2015
Ariel Villa Tijuana, Mexico Contact Ariel September 2014

If there are questions about the works which we support, please contact our elders.

Past Ministers

The following men have served as ministers at the El Cajon Church of Christ

2014 – Present Chris Quinn
2013 – Present Andrew Lemus
2010 - 2013 Brent Hunter
2007 – 2010 Adam Wilson
2004 - Present Oscar Velazquez
2000 – 2010 John Mulligan
1998 – 2000 Steven Harper
1993 – 2000 Olin Hudson
1980 – 1997 Berry Kercheville
1977 – 1979 R. J. Stevens
1969 – 1977 Wayne Timmons
1962 Tommy McClure
1961 L. L. Weaver
1958 – 1960 Walt Hudson
1957 – 1958 Allen Robertson
1955 – 1957 Wallace Thompson
1952 – 1955 Claude Truex
1951 – 1952 James Middleton
1950 – 1951 Jay Durbin
1949 – 1950 Robert Bell
1948 – 1949 Mr. Bazzard