Our Staff


Our Staff

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JC Cooper

Lead Pastor

Office: (760) 730-9135
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.cooper.7

 As a follower of Jesus Christ, JC has been blessed to serve and worship with God’s people at RdR since July 2014. JC is married to his wife Jocelyn of 6 years, and is a proud father of Uriah (5), Ezekiel (4), Gracelyn (2), and Levi (7 months). The Cooper Family lives in Oceanside, CA and enjoys spending time together at local beaches/parks and travel yearly to beautiful Eugene, Oregon.

JC is a native to Carlsbad, CA and attended Elementary, Jr. High, and High School in the Carlsbad School District. After receiving a full-ride scholarship to play football at Villanova University (PA), JC graduated with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in broadcasting. Prior to becoming a Pastor, JC worked for the San Diego Chargers in public relations, as a Sports Anchor for an ABC Affiliate in Colorado, a Special Education PE teacher in Carlsbad, a night security guard at the La Costa Resort, and as a Business Planning Analyst at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. God has his own timing and plans, and JC believes his work and relationship experience are a blessing to him in his role as a servant of Christ. Every role, position, or professional job is an opportunity for full-time ministry on the frontline of the work place, home, or public forum. 

 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. – Ephesians 3:14-19

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Kyle Iwasaki

Worship Leader


Kyle Iwasaki serves as the worship leader at RdR Church.  Kyle grew up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of thirteen.  By the age of fourteen, Kyle began playing in a worship band, and he has played with and led a variety of worship ministries since that time. Kyle and his beautiful wife Sarah have been married since 2007, and they often lead worship together.  They currently have two children, Joshua and Autumn, with another son, Luke, on the way.  Kyle is passionate about learning how to love both God and people more, how to be a good steward of the Gospel, and how to point people to Jesus Christ

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Nichole Merrill

Children's Ministry Coordinator


Nichole grew up in Indiana before moving to California in 1999. She attended Huntington University where she earned a degree in Elementary Education.

She came to California to help in Children’s Ministry for a church plant. After 7 years of teaching at a Christian School and 7 years of raising her 2 boys, she finds herself serving as a Children’s Ministry Director again.

Nichole is married to her longtime friend, Andy. They have two very active boys, which keeps her very busy. You will often see them “helping” her out.

She enjoys playing board games with her family, helping at her son’s school and sleeping in (every once in a while). Nichole is excited to see where God is taking RdR Children’s Ministry. She loves watching the kids grow and learn new things about God and each other.

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Todd Luallen

Associate Pastor


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Megan Lemkuil

Director of RdR Missions Ministry