Guest Writer: Pastor Mario Montoya

(Photo courtesy of The Rock Church San Diego)

  • Military background (enlisted Marine and officer in the Navy)
  • Hispanic/ Latino (bilingual in Spanish and English)
  • Born in Texas and graduated from H.S. in Texas but consider San Diego my home. I’ve lived in SD for more than 15 years
  • Raising my family in Chula Vista—completely invested in the south county of SD.
  • I was raised south of the U.S. border in a missionary family during my childhood and early adolescence.
  • Div. from APU; BA from SDSU
  • Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy (New Port, RI)
  • Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps—Active Duty (San Diego, CA)
  • Commissioned into the Military Chaplain Program during seminary (Navy, Marines, Coast Guard)
  • DoD Civilian corporate operations department—3 years  (Naval Base SD)
  • San Diego County office of Education-Juvenile Court and Community Schools—3 years in special education department (SDCOE-JCCS)
  • Served at Point Loma as a volunteer in Altar Call, Rock Your City Events, and Pastoral Support Team. Moved to SY as a volunteer leader on the launching day
  • Served for Two years as an Associate Campus Pastor and currently serving as the Campus Pastor of San Ysidro

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