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Our Staff


Daren Pitcher

Lead Pastor

Daren Pitcher has served as Lead Pastor at El Morro Church since 2018.  He and his wife, Amy grew-up in the area and are thrilled to be back.  Daren preached his first sermon and felt his initial call to ministry on a mission trip to Mexico as a teenager.  After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University, Daren spent a number of years as a youth pastor in Central and Southern California including Pismo Beach.  Daren also taught middle school in the Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights.  Daren’s previous pastorates led him to planting a church in San Diego followed by 14 years of pastoring in Bakersfield.  Amy is a Program Director and Bible teacher at a nearby middle school.  Daren and Amy have two sons, Dawson (a graduate of PLNU) and Noah (a graduate of Cal Poly, SLO).  Daren loves to surf and has many years of experience coaching volleyball and golf.


Jenene Watkins

Family Life Pastor

Jenene grew up in Sothern Oregon. She and her husband, Bud and daughter Raylyn, relocated to California in 1985. 

Jenene came to the El Morro church from Glendora, Calif. in 2004. Her passion is to lead others to Jesus and watch what happens. Jenene ministers to our children, leads woman’s Bible studies and is involved with social events in the church. 

Jenene received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Cal State Northridge, and her Masters of Divinity at Northwest Nazarene University.

She loves vintage and antique hunting – the older, the better, and hanging with her Golden Doddle, Pebbles. 

Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Please be in prayer as we continue in our Youth Pastor search.

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