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San Diego First Church

Our Staff

Selden Dee Kelley III

Lead Pastor

Education: B.S. in Psychology, M.A. in Religion, M.S. in Psychology, M.B.A. in Business Administration, Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Favorite Music Choice: Vocal jazz

Favorite Conversation Topic: My wife and two daughters

Random Fact About Yourself: "I make a great M&M/Butterfinger Blizzard"

Hobbies/Special Interests: Sailing, croquet, dreams

Melissa Tucker

Associate Pastor

Education: BA Liberal Studies, Minor in Spanish – PLNU, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - SDSU, MA Theology – PLNU, MA Nonprofit Leadership & Management - USD

Favorite Music Choice: (In order of importance…) Funk, Folk, Salsa

Hobbies: story-telling, border issues, cooking without recipes, planning and hosting ridiculous theme parties, long conversations (preferably with coffee nearby), thrift-store shopping

Quote: “It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most; it’s making a great deal out of the little ones.” – Jean Webster

Matt Wilson

Pastor - Sr. high Youth

Shelle James

Director of Children's Ministries

Education: B.A. in Liberal Studies from PLNU.

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16

Music of Choice: Children's music...that is what my family would say because that's ALL I LISTEN TO!

Hobbies: Walking, theater, Padres, vollyball, cooking and more!

Kelsey Hougen

Children's Ministries Assistant

Education: B.S.N. in Nursing from PLNU '13

Hometown: Murrieta, CA

Favorite bible verse: "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

Hobbies: Soccer, Swimming, Biking, Walking with Shelle, Crafting, Watching Baseball Games, and Holding Babies.

Mid-High Youth Pastor

Justin Denney

Director of Worship - New Celebration Service


Victor Labenske

Director of Worship - Classic Service

Education: B.A. in Music at PLNU, M. Mus. in Piano Performance at University of Missouri Conservatory of Music, D.M.A. in Piano Performance at USC.

Favorite Movie: Star Wars

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:8

Favorite Music Choice: "non-country"

Random Fact About Yourself: "I have a talent for gargling"

Jann Nelson

Receptionist and Office Manager

Education: B.A./Elementary Ed – MNU – Olathe, KS

MS/Curriculum & Supervision – Emporia State University – Emporia, KS

Motto: Live in Joy (Isaiah 55:11-12 NLT)

Music: Jazz….and new Country

Interests: walking Yorkies/crafting jewelry/reading

Fave Quote: “Breathe blue skies in…and grey skies out.”

--Sierra Erickson, age 6

Heather Hills

Bookkeeper & Wedding Coordinator

Education: B.A. in Liberal Studies, Certificate in Computer Science from PLNC

Hometown: grew up in Bend, OR

Favorite movie: "Ground Hog Day"

Favorite Bible verse: "The Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior." Zeph. 3:17

Favorite quote: (on parenting) "You don't have to want to--to get to." -hp hills

Favorite music choice: The ColdSuns, featuring Haplin and Dakota Hills

Favorite conversation topic: marriage and parenting

Random fact about yourself: I did a loop and barrel roll in a Navy T-34 plane one time.

Hobbies/Special Interest: I love to Aunt-Nanny!

George Arce

Facility Manager

Wyatt Ehrlich

Assistant in Administration

Education: B.A. Christian Ministry, Youth Ministry Minor, PLNU

Hometown: Dodge City, KS

Favorite Food: BJ's Pazookie

Favorite Music: Anything sung by Kristi Ehrlich

Most Memorable Place Traveled: Santorini, Greece

Paige Milgrom

Assistant in Administration

Education: Bachelors of Art in International Studies, PLNU

Hobbies: Card games, Reading, Cooking, and Friendship-Bracelet Making

Secret Talent: Lip Synching Master

Favorite Place I've Traveled: Morocco

Favorite Book: I Like You Because

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