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.

Pastor Brian Craig

Brian Craig

Lead Pastor

(619) 448-1622 x280
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Brian has been the lead pastor for New Heights since August 2005.  Brian recognized Jesus as His LORD through the tent ministry of Chuck Smith in 1970.  In addition to teaching the truths of the Bible, Brian’s passion is being obedient to Jesus’ call to make disciples.  Brian is married to Eileen and they have three married children and eight grandchildren…so far. A little known fact about Brian is that he was the chaplain of his Boy Scout Troop #242.


Assistant Pastor Bob Arii

Bob Arii

Assistant Pastor - Senior Sentries

(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

Mark Jackson

Worship Director

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.


Business Manager Sarah Kennedy


Sarah Kennedy

Business Manager

(619) 448-1622 x201
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The newest addition to staff, Sarah is the Business Manager for New Heights and the bookkeeper for East County Christian Preschool Since August of 2018. Sarah and her family recently moved back to San Diego after 2 years of living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. In her downtime she enjoys outings with her family and working on a wide variety of projects that include: jewelry making, sewing and crochet.