Raymond van Pletsen, Senior Pastor

Becoming a Pastor was the last thing Raymond ever expected to happen. Born in South Africa, Raymond graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM) with the intention of spending his life working with youth in a camping and conference center. But along the way God led him to start a church in a suburb of Johannesburg and then to become the lead pastor in three churches in the USA. Raymond has two children: Mandy, who lives near Philadelphia with her husband Scott and their four children (Blake, Braeden, Kendall and Abigail) and Ryan, who lives on a trawler in Oceanside Harbor, California. Raymond’s passion is to teach the Bible and to cultivate the worship life of the church.

Tony San Nicolas, Student Ministries Director

Tony holds a degree from Patten University in Pastoral Studies and his beautiful wife Tiffany has a Literature and Writing Degree from California State University San Marcos. Tony grew up in San Diego, while Tiffany was born and raised in Encinitas. The two met while serving in Junior High Ministry 13 years ago and have been in love ever since. Both Tony and Tiffany have a passion for discipling young people. Tiffany works as an ESL teacher as well as a home-school teacher for their two girls Ruby (4), and Isabel (2) and a boy on the way!

Cathrine Osthimer, Director of Children's Ministry

Cathrine has been director of Children’s Ministry since 2010 and Church Office Administrator since 2015 and is blessed to be part of growing God’s Kingdom by ministering to Children and their families through the enriching Sunday School programs, Vacation Bible School, Family Camps, Children’s Choir, and special events throughout the year here at Meadowlark Church. Cathrine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the school of Music and Dance at San Diego State University and earned a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State University San Marcos. Cathrine, a published artist, illustrated two Children’s books and enjoys sharing her passion for art in local school art programs and while teaching several of the Sunday School classes with her husband John, who is also very involved in the Meadowlark Men’s Fellowship group. Cathrine and John have three children. Daughter Emily is a Journalism major at Humboldt University and has served as Student Leader for Youth Ministry at Meadowlark, Audio/Visual Tech for Sunday Worship Services, and Outdoor Activities Director for the Vacation Bible School. Their son John is in High School and runs Audio-visual for Children’s Ministry and is a musician/vocalist in the Meadowlark Salt & Light Youth Band. Their youngest, Joshua, is in elementary school. They have been part of the Meadowlark family since 2004 and feel blessed to have been nurtured by the intimate, Christ-centered, loving church family of Meadowlark.

Tim Holcombe, Music Director

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, piano, percussion, harmonica, lap steel, dobro

Tim began his music at age 12. He got his first guitar at 13. Throughout high school. Tim was involved in madrigals and school plays. He entered Westmont College at 17 as a music and drama major. Tim has 22 years of experience as a music director/ worship leader at churches around North County. Tim’s professional experience includes guitar and vocals with Merle Haggard’s band, Holly Williams (daughter of Hank Williams Jr.), Grammy and CMA award winner Deana Carter, Grammy winner Scott Joss, multi-platinum recording artist Lila McCann, recording with Highway 101 Grammy winner Tommy Spurlock, and Grammy winner Alan Phillips.

Locally, Tim plays with the Peter Pupping Quartet, Alan Phillips, Scott Burns, and Paul Castellanos and other local legends. For 15 years, Tim has lead the Harmony Grove Band. www.harmonygroveband.com