Life group staff

OFFICE: 818.709.0113 & 805.522.5100

  • Neil Johnson    

    Lead Life Group Pastor

    Neil worked in the sales industry for many years before being hired at Rocky Peak. In 2001, Neil volunteered to run the Men's Ministry, eventually being hired as an intern to run the ministry, while still working a full-time sales job. In August 2004, Neil joined the Rocky Peak staff as the full-time Men's Ministry Director, also helping to oversee Life Groups as a Life Group Director. In 2008, Neil was offered and accepted a position of Singles Pastor, a ministry to reach and support single adults at Rocky Peak, he also continued to be heavily involved in Life Groups as one of the the Life Group Directors on the Life Group Team. In 2013, he accepted the role of our Lead Life Group Pastor. He loves to see people get plugged into Life Groups and watch as they are transformed into Passionate Christ Followers!

    One of Neil's personal passions is photography. He loves capturing moments in time whether it is in Yosemite, in the city or across the world! Neil also has a passion for worship and prayer and you can find him every Wednesday morning leading FUEL, a group of people who come together to worship and pray over the church at 6am in the Summit. Neil and his wife, Lynn, enjoy being outdoors, look forward to spontaneous adventures, and love to travel. 

  • Dave Harris  

    Operations & Life Group Pastor

    Dave joined the team at Rocky Peak in May 2015 after moving from Washington State, where he served as an Executive Pastor. He is passionate about the mission here at Rocky Peak and is excited to be a part of what God is up to in, and through, our church.

    Dave was saved in 2005 after God woke him up and told him he needed to go to church with his friend. The gospel radically transformed his life, marriage and every path he was on, including his career path. The Holy Spirit cultivated and developed a deep desire within him to serve Christ and his church wholeheartedly. Over the course of the last decade he has served in leadership within the local church context in various roles. His heart is to see the church body loved, led, equipped, discipled and served well.

    Dave was born and raised in San Jose, California and is married to his high school sweetheart, Jacquie. They and their three children; Caleb, Taylor and Izzy live in Reseda, and love spending most of their spare time together at the beach.

  • Lesley Glassford  

    Life Group Director

    Lesley Glassford joined the Rocky Peak team as one of our Life Group Directors in August 2011 and oversees several married Life Groups and all of the women-only Life Groups. 

    Before coming to Rocky Peak, Lesley attended Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then spent over 20 years in music ministry, both as contemporary Christian music recording artist and as a worship leader. She is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician with a passion for worship and a heart to serve. Lesley is contagiously joyful and enthusiastic with a deep and sincere love for people and provides a wealth of ministry and team leadership experience.

    Happily married for 37 years, Lesley and her husband, Brian (Rocky Peak Pastor of Communications and Operations), live in Simi Valley, love spending time together and enjoy anything to do with sports! They have three daughters, Brittany, Bethany and Bayley; three son-in-laws, Charley, Christian and Sean; and two granddaughters, Symphony and Soleil.

  • Steve Sears  

    Life Group Pastor

    Steve joined the Rocky Peak team as a Life Group Pastor in August of 2016 and is excited to be walking together on this journey of faith towards the God who knows us intimately and so deeply loves us. Steve graduated from Hope International University in 2016 with an MA in Ministry/Spiritual Formation. He is also currently working on a certification in Spiritual Direction from Stillpoint Center for Christian Spirituality.


    Steve was born and raised in California, but as an adult has lived all over the west. He has always had a passion for wilderness exploration and adventure and sees the incredible value of using the outdoors to connect people to God and one another, which led him to write a book on that subject.


    Steve has been married to his best friend and hero, Lesley, since 2003. Lesley is a Marriage & Family Therapist and Steve says that whenever anything cool, deep, or classy comes out of his family you can count on it originating with her.


    Finally, Steve is a huge Three Stooges and Nacho Libre fan.

  • Kirsten Essiambre  

    Life Group Administrator

    Kirsten has been at Rocky Peak for 11 years now. She joined the Rocky Peak team in 2009 and was part of our Kid’s Team for 2 years as well as being a part of Soma, the college ministry, for 5 years. She has now landed on the Life Group Team and is the Life Group Administrator and Assistant to Neil Johnson.


    Kirsten attended Ashford University pursuing her BA in Early Childhood Education and Teaching. She previously worked at a high school in the theater department and even though she is not teaching now she still gets her fill as the drama director for Kid’s Choir here at Rocky Peak. She has a heart for leading and serving, but finds true joy in just sitting outside with an iced coffee…lots of coffee!