PASTORS & STAFF
Derrick Miller // Lead Pastor
Derrick is both a full-time San Diego firefighter and full-time pastor. Before moving to San Diego, he and his wife Laurel served for a number years at MOSAIC LA. Their passion to create a community like MOSAIC LA compelled them to move to San Diego and bring MOSAIC this city.
His daily duties as a firefighter gives Derrick an interesting perspective on life and a unique storytelling and preaching style. When he’s not at work or leading Mosaic, he can be found exploring the world, surfing, and spending time with his wife and son Blake. Derrick also holds a degree in Biblical Studies from Fresno Pacific University.
Marc Wallis // Pastor
Originally from Northern California, Marc has lived in San Diego since 2007 and has been a part of MosaicSD from the beginning. Marc oversees our MarCom, Production and Outreach Teams, which includes ministries which exists to live out Christ’s command to love our neighbors and communicate His hope, grace and new life.
Outside of Mosaic, Marc works as a Web Designer / Developer / CRO Strategist and is Director of Strategy at YOUME Clothing, a nonprofit which empowers communities in need through collaborative, repurposing projects. A lover of stories that change the way we see the world, Marc enjoys TV, film and books – especially works by Steinbeck, McCarthy, Dostoyevsky, Woolf and C.S. Lewis. He also enjoys sports, plays drums, keys and bass in the worship band and loves travel. So far, New Zealand, where he and his wife Lauren honeymooned, is his favorite destination.
Chalese Dunton // Connections
Chalese has been a part of Mosaic since day one and has never looked back. In addition to being the worship leader, she also serves as a small group leader, a mentor, the production team coordinator, and guest speaker on Sundays.
If Chalese is not at Mosaic, chances are you can find her at some local hangout with a group of friends, half of whom she probably met last week! To Chalese, no one is a stranger and that is why she loves calling Mosaic her “home”. Chalese always says that Mosaic is her “Monday through Saturday” church and enjoys being a part of a community of people who love living life together.
In addition to her work at Mosaic, Chalese also teaches high school English full-time and coaches varsity softball, keeping her very busy. She has lived in Golden Hill for the past five years and is excited to see God move in downtown San Diego in new and exciting ways!
Cori Dunton // Children’s Ministry // Admin
Cori has the exciting task of building up the next generation and teaching them the Word of God on a weekly basis. Her passion for children and social justice has led her all over the globe. Her latest adventures took her to New York City, where she spent four years working with inner city families and youth.
In addition to being a wedding photographer, Cori is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Social Work. When she’s studying, shooting photos or serving at Mosaic, you can probably find her in coffee shop, on a run, or in a thrift store.
Jayme Fancher // MarCom & Creative
Jayme serves MosaicSD as the Creative Director. The creative team meets monthly to plan external communications, marketing, graphic design, web design, event calendar management, photography, video, and interactive art elements for Sunday gatherings.
Jayme first moved to San Diego, in 2008, to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. After falling in love with the beautiful weather and the view, Jayme and her husband Danny decided to make the city home.
Prior to working as MosaicSD’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Jayme has been on a number of committees, teams and planning boards. She has worked in hospitality and local businesses, and for the San Diego Padres. Jayme is also a certified yoga teacher and stay-at-home mom to her daughters Penelope & Melody.
Kristen Jones // Admin & Finance
Kristen is MosaicSD Finance and Administrative Director. She takes care of making sure the bills are paid to shorting out our tax church status – a huge undertaking. Originally from Boulder Colorado, Kristen move to San Diego in 2003 – right out of college.
She worked in the corporate finance world until 2003, when she decided to pursue a MA in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. She first found out about MosaicSD through a few friends around 2011. Once she started to attend, she helped out with SERVE SD, the care and the connections team. As an aspiring school counsellor, she currently works as a high school teacher.
Jason Poynter-Lausch // Logistics
Jason heads up Logistics at Mosaic. The team’s purpose is to help make the space welcoming, clean and prepared for our services and events. While he’s not working with Mosaic, Jason teaches English to international students, a job that has allowed him to live in Japan and Dubai.
He is currently pursuing his English teaching credential. Outside of work, Jason loves to travel and enjoys beach volleyball.