Meet the Staff

Our staff is available to serve you. If you have a question about any of the ministries at NHCC or would simply like to speak to someone, please feel free to call or email one of our staff members.


Assistant Pastor Bob Arii

Bob Arii

Care Pastor - Senior Sentries, Music Ministry

(619) 448-1622 x204
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Bob earned his Bachelor's degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in Liberal Arts holding a Multiple Subjects Teaching credential with a Science Supplementary Authorization for nearly two decades. Bob has a passion for caring for and investing in others expressed in many different ways. He was ordained, receiving his call in 2015.  Ephesians 3:16-19

He has also been a licensed contractor and is a journeyman finish carpenter.  He enjoys writing music and plays multiple instruments, stringed and woodwinds in worship groups for decades.  He also is a passionate nature photographer.  Bob has been married to Carrie for over three and a half decades. They have two grown boys, and two adorable grandchildren.

Lauri O'Neil

Lauri O'Neil

East County Christian Preschool Director

(619) 258-2029
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Lauri has been going to this church over quite the span of years. She has been in the preschool field for 20 years. She has a degree in Child Development. She just absolutely loves what she does and cannot imagine anything different. Teaching the kids about God's love is the most important thing to Lauri.

She has three daughters and 7 lovely grandchildren.



Worship Director Mark Jackson

Pastor Mark Jackson

Teaching Pastor

Mark has been attending New Heights for over 20 years.  His interest in music began as a 9-year-old when he began taking piano lessons.  As a pipe organist for his local church as a teenager he was exposed to the rich tradition of hymns and “old gospel” sounds.  Attending New Heights was his first exposure to contemporary Christian music and he was blessed with the opportunity to serve on good worship teams and under good leaders.  “God looks at our heart when we worship him.  We always want to present the “firstfruits” of our labor in song and music so we rehearse and strive to deliver our best to the Lord.  However, if our hearts are not totally and completely focused on the Lord and His majesty and greatness then we are simply signing songs to ourselves.  We truly worship to an audience of one, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Mark has spent his entire career in aviation in the areas of aircraft maintenance and quality assurance.  Mark and his family relocated from Minnesota to Santee in 1990.  He and his wife Geri have two daughters and seven grandchildren.  Mark is also currently a student in the ministerial program of the Wesleyan Church.




Lorelee Langworthy

Business Manager

(619) 448-1622 x201
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The newest addition to staff, Lorelee, is the Business Manager for New Heights and the bookkeeper for East County Christian Preschool.  She has been a member of our church since 2005 and comes to us with an extensive background in Construction Accounting, having worked in the accounting field since 1992.

Lorelee was born into a family that practiced being on mission as a way of life.  Her parents were missionaries in Mexico when she was a baby, returning to the State before she was three.  From there the Langworthy family worked with homeless shelters, church plants, fostering probation girls, and even a Christian commune in Julian.  Through the missional journey, Lorelee and her siblings were included in their parent's service to the Lord.  Serving the Lord was something they did, like breathing or eating.  It was who they were, who Lorelee continues along with all her siblings.  As Proverbs 22:6 says:  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Lorelee is married to Jim Ringnell and has three grown children.  Her two boys are both Ordained Ministers, Dr. Micah Haney ordained through the Wesleyan denomination and Jesse Haney ordained through the Southern Baptist denomination.  Her daughter, Lara Swearengin, currently works as an E.R. Tech as Children's Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  Lorelee also has 9 grandchildren whom she loves dearly.

In her spare time, Lorelee enjoys camping, playing her guitar, and many forms of art, including painting and working with gourds.