Brian Howard


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Brian Howard


Brian has 22 years of leadership experience as a ministry coach, nonprofit executive, church planter, and lead pastor. He spent two years serving on the board of Acts 29 network, where he directed church planter training, coaching, and networking for three west coast states. Brian planted a CB Church in Valencia, California in 2004, Copperhill Community Church, which grew from 12 people to over 600 in 6 years. Most recently, Brian served on the preaching and teaching team of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky and co-founded and led Sojourn Network,church planting network.

 Brian holds a Master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology, has been married to the love of his life, Chandra, and has four children. He loves hanging out with his family and enjoys running, cycling, watching college basketball, live music, and good sushi! 

Jim Smith


Jim Smith


Dr. Jim Smith has been the Executive Director since 2006.  Jim and his wife Vicki have four married children. They also eight grand children.

Jim graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in 1977; Trinity University '79; Masters of Theology (ThM) International Seminary '90;Doctor of Ministry (DMin) International Seminary, '10.

Jim has been in active pastoral ministry since 1979, serving as a youth pastor in Beloit, Wisconsin; and Canton, Michigan; and then 11 years as the Senior Pastor at the Apple Valley Baptist Church in Apple Valley, CA. His ministry has also taken him to many countries around the world on short-term mission endeavors.

 

Vicki Smith


Vicki Smith


Vicki grew up in Illinois and graduated from Moody Bible Institute where she also met her husband, Jim. They have four married children, as well as eight grandchildren. 

As a pastor's wife for many years in Wisconsin, Michigan and California, Vicki has served in different ministries throughout the local church.

A gifted and dynamic speaker, Vicki has been privileged to minister and speak at numerous events throughout the country including Marriage Conferences, Women's Retreats and Women's Ministry Events.

Vicki has written a Bible Study on the book of Titus and co-authored a book with Jim: Friends Forever: A "He Said" "She Said" Dating Story

Laura Harder


Laura Harder


Laura is a native Southern Californian who joined the CB staff in 1998. Previously she served 11 years at the Los Angeles Mission, a Skid Row Rescue Mission in downtown L.A. Laura has been happily married to husband, Dave, since 1990.  Although they don’t have children of their own, Laura and Dave are blessed with a large family in Southern California and also in Canada. “I love being able to serve the Lord and His church on a daily basis through Pacific Church Network. Thank you for the privilege!” 

 

Emilio Nunez


Emilio Nunez


Since July 2014, Emilio serves as the Spanish Ministries Director of Pacific Church Network (PCN), an association of over 70 churches in Southern California. Prior to becoming a Director he served on the PCN board. Pastor Emilio A. Núñez M. is very active in Christian ministry in Southern California.  Since 1984, he has been the pastor of the Spanish-speaking congregation at Bell Gardens Baptist Church.  He was an Associate Professor at Biola University until 2012, and is currently an adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Fuller Seminary.    Emilio was a contributing editor to La Biblia de Estudio de la Biblia de las Américas, a study Bible in Spanish published by the Lockman Foundation in May of 2000, and now published by Broadman and Holman.  He contributed a chapter in Vivir y Servir en Exilio (Living and Serving in Exile) published in 2008 by the Los Angeles chapter of the Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana (FTL).  He is the administrator of Pacific Church Network's  Seminario de las Américas (Seminary of the Américas).   Born in Guatemale, Emillio moved to Dallas where his father completed a ThM and ThD at Dallas Theological Semiarry. Emilio and his wife, Dunia, have been married since their wedding at the historic Open Door church in 1979.  They have two married adult sons.