Meet The Team

Mario was born and raised in Reseda CA. After 41 years of US Naval and Civil Service, and living in various locations, he now lives in Temecula, CA. Mario earned a Masters in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Pastoral Ministries from Grand Canyon University, served in various ministries throughout the years and was the Director of the Crosspoint in the Vines location.

Mario is married to Diane and together they have a blended family with a son, Daniel, and two daughters, Maria and Rachael. Mario enjoys golfing and building cajons.

Ryan Martinez
Ryan MartinezAssociate Pastor
Ryan was born and raised in Escondido, CA. He currently lives in Temecula with his wife, Tara and two children (Madelynne and Kristopher). Things he loves: Jesus, family, Nintendo, Disneyland, making people laugh/smile. Things he dislikes: cantaloupe, avocado, using the word “hate” and Tim Burton movies.

He has worked in ministry with students as young as kindergartners up to High Schoolers. He has worked as a Middle School ministry’s director for 4 years and currently is a Team Lead at Target while also working as a Campus Supervisor (security) at Linfield Christian School

STEVE HODGEWorship Leader
Steve is a San Diego native who grew up in the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area. A lifelong surfer, Steve continues his weekly “dawn patrols” to the beach where he sometimes finds good waves, but always finds God.

Both Steve, and his wife Rena, are retired teachers who moved to Temecula in 2004. They can often be found kayaking at Lake Skinner or stand up paddling at Lake Perris. Steve and Rena have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Steve has had the opportunity to lead worship for many years with adults and children.

Mikki has lived in Southern California since 1947. At 11 years old, God took hold of her heart in a little Baptist church in Long Beach, CA and she remembers every detail of becoming a Christian.

Mikki is married to Dennis, her High School sweetheart. Together, Mikki and Dennis have made their home in Temecula upon retirement in 2009. They have a beautiful, blended family comprised of four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mikki likes to garden, scrapbook and travel. She also enjoys being involved with Vines Christian Fellowship and studying God’s word.

Renee currently handles finances for Vines Christian Fellowship. She has been in the Accounting field for 30 years. She has found her home serving and utilizing God’s gifts at Vines Christian Fellowship. She is originally from Ohio and is a huge Ohio State fan.

Renee has lived in Southern California for 22 years, and currently resides in Temecula. She loves all animals, and currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats. Renee’s golden retriever, Autumn, attends Church with her at Vines Christian Fellowship. Stop by and say “Hi” to both Renee and Autumn, at any service.