• "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

Derrick Victor - Minister

Derrick is 31-years-old and has a lovely wife and three daughters. He has worked in a full-time capacity as a preacher for four years. He spent two years in Ohio working closely and training with Daniel DeGarmo and another two years as the pulpit preacher in Oxnard, California. Derrick has also completed a five-year apprenticeship and holds a card as a Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker for San Diego Local 206. We are blessed and thankful to have Derrick and his family now working with us. He is currently part-time and working on his Bachelors in English with a focus on Communication. He loves reading and writing and thoroughly enjoys the time he spends preaching God’s Word. In his free time, Derrick enjoys beach trips with his family, surfing, golfing, hiking, and camping. He is also an avid Long boarder.

Derrick’s wife, Amy, has succeeded in many endeavors. She has served in the United States Navy for over 13 years, and is currently a nurse on a progressive care trauma unit in San Diego. Prior to nursing school, she had completed the Police Academy and served in the San Diego Police Department for one year.

Derrick and Amy are dedicated servants of Christ and seek to fulfill the second greatest command: “love your neighbor as yourself” with humility, patience, and kindness. We greatly appreciate their example in this manner and hope you will gain much from their effort.

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 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 La Mesa, 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
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

2017 – Present Derrick Victor
2014 – 2017 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