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Our Leaders

Board Member

Sharon Bishop

Sharon and her husband, Kevin, have made Centerpoint their church for over 4 years and are involved in small group ministry, marriage mentors, children's ministry, and more. Connecting, making a difference, and celebrating the love of Christ with others is their passion. They have been married for 38 years and have two children, Sabrina who is a pre-school teacher and Jason who is a pastor and is married to Heather and they have three delightful children, Titus, Talea and Myah. (Sharon is over the top for these grandkids - just saying). Sharon has a double degree in Personnel Psychology and Human Resources and has a passion for people. She believes that all leaders need to be servants to those that they lead. She has spent over 30 years in retail, beginning at Nordstrom for 13 years as a buyer, moved to Target and became a District Manager and finally moved to TJX (TJMaxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods) and is now the Regional Human Resource Manager for California and Hawaii for TJMaxx. Kevin has been in wholesale sales for the past 25 years and is currently working on his real estate license. Sharon has heart for the homeless and a desire to create a ministry that can reach these often ignored people.

Both Kevin and Sharon love to spend time with their family (especially those amazing grandkids), hiking, snorkeling in Hawaii, reading, and exploring all the things that life in California has to offer!

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Board Treasurer

Jim Gilroy

Jim and his wife Ann have been going to Centerpoint Church since 2009. Jim is Board Treasurer and Ann is Director of “Gods Golden Girls” at Centerpoint. They have been married for 48 years and have three children and six grandchildren all residing in Southern California. Jim received a Bachelors Degree and a M.B.A.from the University of Missouri. He started his career with Reynolds Metals Company as an industrial engineer and later joined Xerox Corporation where he held a number of executive positions the last being Vice President of Strategy and Planning with world wide responsibilities. He retired and moved from New York to Southern California in 2002. Jim is currently involved in ministries with several organizations including the Riverside Sheriffs Department, the Temecula Valley Collaborative Education Alliance (TVCEA), Project Touch (homeless transitional ministry), and No Men Left Behind Ministries. He is on the TVCEA Advisory Committee and serves as a Board Member for Project Touch. Matt 25:40 is a guiding verse: “what ever you did for one of the least of these - you did for me.

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Board Member

Brick Johnston

Brick and his wife, Holly, have been married since 1985. They have four children - Zach, Jake, Ellie and Abby. Brick has a wide variety of ministry experience including: church planting, head elder, life group leader, new believers class teacher, board member, etc. He brings his passion for helping believers grow in the Lord and experience all that the Holy Spirit has for them. He is currently serving his second year on the Board. Brick is also the owner of Master Brake and Muffler in Escondido, which has been family owned and operated since 1972.

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Board Member

Gene Mitchell

Gene and his wife, Sue, have made Centerpoint their church home the past 5 years. They were high school sweethearts and have been married for 40 years. They have been blessed with 2 wonderful kids, Tammy is an Occupational Therapist in Burbank and Patrick is a User Design consultant in Carlsbad. They relocated to Murrieta from Chicago when Gene retired from the Golden Arches in 2008 after 35 yearswith ketchup in his veins. Sue has a finance background and was the bookkeeper for their church in Chicago and currently volunteers at the church office. Lifegroups is one of their passions. There’s nothing more exciting than a living room full of friends sharing thoughts, prayers and laughter in God’s name. They have had a neighborhood LifeGroup for the last 4 years and have served as LifeGroup Directors at the Murrieta and French Valley campuses. Gene previously served on the Board for a year before he moved into the role of Executive Director in 2012-2013. He loves travelling, San Diego sports teams, reading and living life with their LifeGroup!

Contact Gene..

Board Member

Eric Tomlinson

With his wife Serina and daughters, Taylor, Brinn, Page and Drea, Eric Tomlinson has attended Centerpoint Church for 10 years. Eric and Serina were married at Centerpoint Church. Eric is a real estate broker and works with his wife Serina at Rancon Real Estate. He is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Music Education. Prior to becoming a residential real estate agent, Eric was a public school teacher and principal for 10 years...Eric enjoys working with his wife, raising his girls with Serina and the occasional game of golf with friends.

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Communion Team Leader

Amber Sheffield

Amber married her High School sweetheart, James, in 1985. They moved to this Valley in 1990 from their home town of Fullerton. In moving from home, they left Chuck Swindoll’s church and gained the great privilege of serving at two great churches in South Temecula. When they settled in Murrieta, they made Centerpoint Church their home. They have 3 kids; Amanda who just graduated with her Masters degree and is off to Korea to teach and, Alyse and Tommy who are still studying at CSU Sacramento. James and Amber have a passion in helping people and being the hands and feet for Jesus. Amber has a gift of organization and James can build anything. In addition to Communion Leadership, Amber works with James and the Thomas’, to head up the awesome group who walk in faith 3 to 4 times a year and go to Mexico to build loft homes! If God is for us, who can be against us, right?

Contact Amber.

Connecting Point Hospitality

Susan Heaslip

As a person who moves frequently due to her husband Miles’ job in the military, Susan appreciated the opportunity to Connecting Point lunch that was offered when her family moved to Murrieta in 2013. When asked to coordinate the lunches this past Fall, she felt it was a great way to meet new people and serve others by using her talents of Event Planning. Being from Mississippi, and having moved nine times in 24 years of marriage has given Susan experience in what it’s like being the newbie in town. Susan stays busy keeping the mom taxi going for Peyton (16) and Fallon (14). She also enjoys cooking, card making and the occasional spa day.

MERCY Team Leader

Tina Nicholas

Tina and Bob Nicholas have been members here for over 18 years. Tina has served on the Intercessory Prayer Team for most of this time and Bob served on the Worship Team for 12 years. They have been married for 33 years and have two married children, Melissa and Matthew. Outside of church, Tina is a Head Start teacher for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District and Bob is an Operations Manager for Butler America in Ontario. They currently serve on the M.E.R.C.Y. Ministries Team, reaching out to the homeless and poor in the community, which has been a life-changing experience for both of them. As they celebrate the M.E.R.C.Y. Ministry's 5 year anniversary, Tina and Bob would like to thank all of those in the Body of Christ who have faithfully served along side them to bring The Good News of Jesus Christ and food and clothing to those in need.

Contact Tina.

Missions Team Leaders

Jim and Melanie Thomas

Jim has been part of our church for over a decade and has served the body as a Board Member and now as the Facilities Maintenance Director. He and his wife, Melanie, and have been married for 42 years and enjoy biking and hiking in their retirement. They came to know the Lord in the early 70s during the Jesus movement. Jim retired from teaching after spending 37 years in the classroom with his final 25 years teaching in Temecula. They've built a log cabin from a kit in Idyllwild. They did the work themselves over a 3 year period.

They have two grown children and 6 grandchildren. They're also involved as LifeGroup Leaders with an incredible group of community, and Melanie is a Women’s Study Leader.

Contact Jim and Melanie.

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