Ministry Staff

Rev. Tom Cook - Senior Adult Ministries

Rev. Tom Cook was born and raised right here in La Mesa and attended CCC as a child. After a stint in the Navy as a chaplain, and short time at General Dynamics, Rev. Tom went on to obtain a Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary. After a serving as an associate and senior pastor at a couple of churches, Rev. Tom sought further education and eventually became a Clinical Chaplain and Nurse's Assistant, serving in the Scripps organization for 25 years. In addition to caring for our Senior Adults, Rev. Tom leads a weekly Bible study and, along with his wife, Judy, is an important part of our church choir. Tom and Judy have two adult children and live in Alpine. Rev. Tom is also a racecar driver, and when he's not on the track, you might see Judy and him motoring around in their red, Mazda Miata. You can reach Rev. Tom directly at

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Steve Duff - Worship Leader

Steve is a lifetime resident of La Mesa, attending Lemon Ave. Elementary, La Mesa Middle School and graduating as valedictorian of Helix High School, where he also was an excellent soccer player. Steve is a very talented musician and composer, having produced several musical projects over the years. Steve does an excellent job conducting our worship team and leading the congregation in worship. Steve, along with his teenaged daughter, now resides in Lemon Grove. Steve's day job is overseeing the campus Audio Visual department at Point Loma Nazarene University. You can contact Steve directly at

Kara Dirks - Youth Ministries

Kara is originally from Claremont, CA, and has a BA in Social Work for Cal State San Bernardino. After working in the San Bernadino area for a time, Kara along with her husband, Dave, decided it was time for a change of location. So, in the summer of 2016, they packed their bags and moved to La Mesa, right around the corner from the church. Shortly thereafter, Kara and Dave begin attending CCC, and several months later Kara joined our ministry team as our Director of Student Ministries. Kara and Dave also both play on our worship team. Kara loves music, hiking, horseback riding and taking their one-eyed dog, Stevie, for walks. Kara, along with Dave, leads a Sunday morning youth discussion-oriented Bible study as well as other youth events throughout the year. You can contact Kara directly at

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Jaycie Hall - Children's Ministries

Jaycie is from a Navy family and was fortunate to spend the majority of her life right here in San Diego. Jaycie's parents and her younger sister are all actively involved at CCC. Jaycie has BA in English, and is working toward a teaching credential. During the day, Jaycie works as a pre-school teacher, and in the evenings and on weekends loves to be out and about with friends enjoying the various attractions of San Diego. Jaycie loves photography, her cat named Keeper, and music, especially vinyl records! Jaycie oversees our Children's Ministries which includes providing Sunday morning classes for the kids, and occasional events at other times. You can contact Jaycie directly at

Joan Rollins - Organist

Born in Massachusetts, Joan recently discovered that two of her eleventh great-grandfathers were on the Mayflower. When she was six, the family moved to Vermont where her mother was organist at a Congregational church. After college, followed by a year of organ study in Vienna, Joan visited a friend in La Jolla and decided to settle in this beautiful area. Joan has served as organist for the Methodist church in Escondido, as well as organist/choir director for Episcopal churches in San Diego, Lemon Grove and El Cajon. Now Joan has returned to her roots as organist at Central Congregational Church in La Mesa. You can contact Joan directly at

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