Jay Egenes - pastor Email
Jay Egenes (pronounced Egg’-uh-ness) is a musician, a lawyer, and, now, a pastor. Several years ago, people in a Bible study he was leading starting asking him “Why aren’t you a pastor?” After spending time in prayer and discussion with his family, Pastor Jay left his law practice and took a part time position at a church in Riverside while preparing for full-time ministry.
His preaching/teaching style focuses on understanding a biblical text, to see how it reveals the love of Jesus for us—for you. This in turn, inspires us to love Jesus and to love reading the Bible so that we can get to know Jesus better, experiencing and reflecting His love in our lives. Jay is currently teaching through the Good News According to John.
Pastor Jay studied political science and philosophy at Luther College and got his law degree at University of Iowa. He has lived in southern California since 1988, and practiced law in Riverside and San Bernardino before entering full-time ministry. He studied theology at Fuller Theological Seminary (a large non-denominational seminary that also trains missionaries) and at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.
Before practicing law, Jay worked as a professional musician. He has played blues, jazz, rock, folk, country and gospel—and also received classical voice training. Before he entered the ministry, you may have seen Jay playing harmonica at a local club, at Court Street Square in downtown San Bernardino, or even at House of Blues or B.B King’s. His musical background has been instrumental in designing an upbeat worship service incorporating both new and old songs that tell of Jesus’ love for us.
Pastor Jay is very lucky to be married to Gail Egenes, who puts up with him no matter what. They have three daughters, Anna, Kirsten, and Erica.
Anna Hightower - Worship Leader
Wilson Franklin - caretaker
Barbara Frey - music director
Marianne Casalman - office administrator Email
After Graduating from RCC with an AS and North-West MA she worked for 5 years with an Oncologist, nursing is one of her passions. She went back to school for LVN graduating in 1999. She went to work at MCH on the med/surg floor floating to the ER often. While at MCH she recieved her ACLS, PALS, L1 trauma, Cert instuctor for Alzheimers and Dementia. She also became a Red Cross volunteer which included her trauma experience and rescue swimmer for the Red Cross and Coast Gaurd. After leaving MCH she went to work at Braswell's as a Charge Nurse acute/subacute for many years. Her goal is to bridge the gap in this community with Health and Wellness resources and to continue in her volunteer efforts.