Our Leadership Team

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Pastor Ben and Katie

Ben & Katie Brinkman

Founding Pastors

Pastors Ben and Katie Brinkman have been in ministry together since 1999 and started Canvas Church in January of 2013. Pastor Katie is the women’s pastor and children’s ministry director. Together they are passionate about seeing people thrive in every area of life. They love building the church with their two daughters Cara and Faith.

Pastor Brandon and Melissa

Brandon & Melissa

Elders and Small Group Pastors

Pastors Brandon and Melissa Miller have been in ministry for over 8 years and have served in various capacities. They are currently Elders at Canvas Church and oversee the Small Groups. In addition to serving as Pastors at the church, Brandon has a thriving career at Fortune Builders. The Millers love spending time at the beach with their 3 children.

Cody & Michelle Turner

Deacons & Experience Team

Cody and Michelle are Deacons at Canvas church. They help oversee the Sunday experience and graphics team. They have been doing ministry together for the last three years and are passionate about building the local church. They reside in North County with their sons, Jake and Cole.

Steve & Kathy Fitzpatrick

Ministry Team, Missions and School of Ministry

Steve & Kathy Fitzpatrick have three children, two daughters in law and five grand children.  While Kathy has pursued a corporate path and has worked for several large companies as an Executive Administrator, Steve has been a pastor for over 45 years. Currently Steve is the President of Herald of Faith, a mission organization that develops pastoral leaders around the world. While as a couple they love to travel they also love the local church.

Jeff & Kristi Mears

Experience Team

Jeff and Kristi have spent their lives loving people and building the church with their three kids: Hannah, Judah, and Jentzen.  They lead the weekend experience team at Canvas. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest Jeff and Kristi are continually on the hunt for the best cup of coffee in San Diego.

Tom & Kim Walpole


Tom and Kim Walpole are passionate about life, strengthening the church & business. Regulars in the startup scene, they are building their 2nd tech company Trials.ai which leverages artificial intelligence to manage clinical trials. They’re hilarious, musical and you might not guess how old their kids are. When they’re not making strides in the business arena or inviting large groups to their house for food and fun – you might catch a glimpse of them wakesurfing with the dawn patrol on Mission Bay.