Meet Our Pastor, Elders, and Deacons

Our pastor, elders, and deacons are a group of men wholeheartedly committed to Christ and to carrying His life-changing message to the world. We are devoted to serving our members and our community. Everyone on our staff is warmly approachable and eager to help. You may contact any of us by e-mail: We will get in touch with you within 24 hours.

Eric Lewis



Eric was born in Belfast, North Ireland, Oct 22, 1956. His  parents, Eric and Miriam, were both believers and members of an Irish Baptist  church. His father had a successful business career but desired full time  Christian service. After seminary he was called as Pastor to Ojai Valley  Baptist Church in Ojai California, a Southern Baptist church. His family  emigrated in the summer of 1968. His father served in Southern Baptist churches  until he retired in 1995.


Eric accepted the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior in 1972.


Eric graduated from Portland State University in 1985 with a  B.S. in both Business Management and Economics. Eric moved back to California  in 1986 and began a 20 year career in banking. 

Eric married in 1986 and has three children. He and his  wife, Claudia, began attending a local Southern Baptist Church in 1994. Eric  served in various positions within this church; Sunday school teacher, Chairman  of the Administrative Committee, Treasurer and Elder/Trustee. Eric strongly  believed he was called to full time Christian service and in August 2006 Eric  accepted a position of Associate Pastor. His duties included Minister of  Education, Administrator, and Facilities manager.


In October the decision was made to plant a new church. This  church, known as Victory Life Christian Fellowship, is affiliated with the  Southern Baptist Convention and Eric accepted a bi-vocational position as Teaching Pastor. We seek God’s blessing and guidance as we seek victory in Him.


Neil Eaton

Neil was born in 1962 in Long Beach, CA. He served four years in the Air Force. He is married and has two boys. He surrendered his life to the ministry in 1996 and has served as youth pastor, Sunday school teacher, and Elder.

Tim Farr

Tim graduated from The Master's College in 1983 with a degree in business. He is married to Tiffany and they have two boys, Joshua and Jeremy. Tim is currently a sales manager for a large corporation. Tim and Tiffany have been very involved in various ministry opportunities such as the AWANA program. When not working, Tim enjoys attending his boy's athletic events, playing soccer, softball and camping whenever possible.

Richard L. Ritchie

Richard was born in Fresno, California in 1938. He moved to El Monte where he lived until he graduated from El Monte high school. After graduating high school, Richard joined the United States Navy and served two years on the USS Hornet where he spent most of his tour in Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Richard accepted Christ in 1957 while in the Navy. After being discharged from the Navy, he got married and joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He served for 18 years and retired with the rank of Engineer. Richard has 3 children, 7 grand children and 4 great grandchildren. He lives in Murrieta with his wife Ginny where they attend Victory Life Christian Fellowship Church and he serves as an Elder.

Gary Trimble

Gary was born in 1963 in San Francisco, CA. He served 22 years in the Marine Corps. He is married and has two grown children, one serving in the Army. He surrendered his life to the ministry in 1994 and has served as youth leader, children’s church leader, youth and adult Sunday school teacher, and Elder. Gary works as a technical trainer for an avionics company. In his spare time, Gary enjoys reading, listening to music, movies, hiking, and motorcycle riding.


Paul Pfunder

Ron Bates