Ministry Leadership Team


Assad Saif - 

If I can do anything, my hope is to do things that help people find and follow Jesus.  We started the Orchard so people can find hope, and experience love through faith in Christ.

Favorite verse: Rom. 5:8 "but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."


Dan Vandewarker -
Youth and Family Pastor

It is my greatest joy to help children and students come to know who Jesus is and commit their life to Him.  I am responsible for leading our student and college ministries and work closely with staff and volunteers that work with children from birth through elementary.  I also get to work with different ministry teams at Orchard from our tear down and setup teams, welcome, hospitality and a few others.  It is truly a gift to serve at the Orchard.   

Favorite verse: (It tends to vary) John 1:12 - Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

Tonya Pinkerton -
Children's Ministry Director (Elementary Age)

Jesus made it a point to tell the disciples that he wanted the children to come and know Him. Our desire at the Orchard is to help kids know who Jesus is by reading His word, to show them God's amazing love and to encourage a lifelong relationship with Him in a fun and safe environment. 

Favorite verse: Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the Hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.

Pete Turner –
First Impressions

The First Impressions Ministry seeks to help people experience the love of Jesus by making them feel at home at Orchard Community Church (OCC) from the moment they enter our campus to the moment they leave. This ministry focuses on finding volunteers to join The Orchard in creating a welcoming and helpful experience each Sunday! If interested in being involved in this ministry, please contact Pete Turner.

Orchard Community Church,, 2200 Glenridge Rd, Escondido, CA 92027 (760) 781-2184

Jan Bittner -
Congregational Care

Believing that every person and family attending The Orchard is a vital part of The Body, we will do our best to offer love, care and support for those in need. In these last days, The Church must do its part to not only fulfill The Great Commission, love the hurting and lost in the local community, but also strive to care for those within our own body. After all, we are a family in the truest sense with God as our Father!

1 Timothy 5:3-16

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Carlos Maldonado -
Church Administrator

Responsible to the Pastor for administering the business affairs of the Orchard Community Church (OCC) and working with OCC volunteers and staff to achieve the objectives and vision of OCC.

Favorite Verse: Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.  May your good spirit lead me on level ground.  Psalm 143:10

Orchard Community Church,, 2200 Glenridge Rd, Escondido, CA 92027 (760) 781-2184

Dan Martinez - 

Because of the imperfect world we live in OCC Security is here to help provide a safe and welcoming place of worship for the congregation and children's ministries through vigilant observation, wisdom and Christ-likeness for any danger that may present itself on a Sunday morning.

Kirk Miller -
Setup Team

Setup Team Leader (setup/teardown).  I help unload the truck for the nursery/Children's ministry and outside hospitality on Sunday mornings.  I love being a part of setting the environment for our church to worship God. 

Favorite verse: Psalm 139:23 because allowing God to see our hearts and intentions makes a huge difference in how we live.