Who We Are


Aaron & Marianne Carlberg

Aaron is Element's Lead Teaching Pastor/Elder. He does the majority of the teaching and sets the vision and focus for Element (under the direction of Jesus our Head Shepherd).

Favorite Movies: Anything in space or on earth with bad guys dying, good guys winning, women being rescued, men taking responsibility, and something exploding. (This means I hate the college frat guy movies where men are encouraged to be little boys and never grow up)...but I also love Lilo and Stitch (because he wants a family).
Favorite TV Shows: 24, BSG, Dr. Who, Hannibal, Silicon Valley, The Flash, Suits, Bleach (in Japanese), really anything scifi...
Favorite Books: Anything by John Piper, Douglas Wilson, Wayne Grudem, Robert Jordan, or Mark Driscoll. I like John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, CS Lewis, John Ortberg, theology books, and anything that makes me think.
Favorite Music: Thrice, Future of Forestry, DCB, Breaking Benjamin, Sick Puppies...Rock (but not Butt Rock).
Favorite Dessert: Cookies and Chocolate (Marianne likes Potato Chips more than cookies).


Eric & Terri Djafroodi

Eric is Element's Elder that oversees discipleship. Eric keeps everyone on task when they run to far a-field with crazy ideas. He usually says, "what about discipleship" and everyone else says "oh ya."

Favorite Movies: The Bourne Supremacy, An American President
Favorite TV Shows: American Idol, Glee, Big Bang Theory
Favorite Books: The Divine Conspiracy, If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat
Favorite Music: Acoustic Guitar &  Blue-eyed soul
Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake with any kind of berries
Favorite word or phrase: For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.



Mike & Deb Harman

Mike is our Elder of Redemption Ministries, he likes to call himself, “the older elder,” because he is older than the rest of us; we think that just makes him wiser than the rest of us. Mike has a wonderful wife named Deb. He has two kids (Jennifer & David), three grand kids (Drake, Noah, & Brooklyn) and one more grand kid (Grace Elizabeth) on the way. Mike surrendered to Jesus over forty years ago and is still daily amazed at Jesus’ redemptive power. He is amazed at God’s love, mercy and grace that was, and is, expressed in Jesus. Mike’s goal is to grow into an always deepening trust in Jesus.

Favorite Things To Do: Mike likes long walks on the beach (snicker). He loves anything that is a large body of water, lakes, rivers (but not the bathtub because it is too small to be a large body of water). He also likes almost all things that have to do with high performance Horse Power! He considers himself a patriot and believes this land (USA) is amazingly beautiful.
Favorite Movies:  The Green Beret, Hunt for Red October, and Shooter. He will watch any Action, Drama, Comedy, or Romance as long as they meet his exacting standards of at least 5 explosions. 
Favorite TV Shows:  MASH, The Cosby Show, & NCIS. 
Favorite Car:  1967 Corvette Roadster, 4 Speed Manual, 427CUI/425HP 
Favorite Books:  Anything by Tim Keller or Larry Crabb, Bo's Cafe, The Cure, Redemption, On My Worst Day, Divine Romance, He likes “understandable” Theology books (not the ones Aaron gives him), and biblical commentaries. 
Favorite Music:  Sixties Rock-n-Roll like The Beetles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Buffalo Springfield (Now you know I'm old!), but he will also go in for the David Crowder Band.  On his iPod now "Redemption" by Big Daddy Weave.


Christie & Erik Marangi

Christie is our Children's Minister and runs our eKids! ministry. Erik is just plain cool...plus he owns a gun so I would say that anyway.

Favorite Movies: Comedies ( I have enough drama in my life!  )
Favorite TV Shows: American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters (totally shocking, I know! it's a secret vice! but not anymore).
Favorite Books: Leadership, historical fiction
Favorite Music: I'm okay with just about anything.  I like a powerful voice, and meaningful lyrics
Favorite Dessert: Poke and Pour Cake....easiest dessert ever
Favorite word or phrase: "you are harshing my dream mellow"



James & Hailey Fairfield

James is our Student Ministries Minister and oversees Element's Youth Ministry. James is bit crazy and likes little Asian cars that drift and have loud mufflers. He also is a Rock Band Legend and can beat anything on expert (just who you want your teenagers hanging around with, right?).

Favorite Movies: Brave Heart or any epic war movie really, Lord of the Rings. Boondock Saint's. Pretty much anything that makes me laugh. And Fast and the Furious(all of them!)
Favorite TV Shows: Bleach, How I Met Your Mother, TopGear. 
Favorite Books: "Radical reformation". "Blue like Jazz". And in my spare time "Book of Jelly Belly recipes".
Favorite Music: Dave Matthews Band(all time fav). I have been recently been listening to; Jay-Z. Wilco. Conor Oberst. Alison Krauss. City And Colour.
Favorite Dessert: Dessert Calzon from Claim Jumper. Cup cakes. Lava Cake. And since working at element I have developed a love for cookies.
Favorite word or phrase: "May the Force be with you.....Always". And any quote from Dumb and Dumber.


Michael Reed

Michael Reed is Element's onsite go to person for everything, literally everything. Have a website question, Michael. Have a Gospel Community question, Michael. Have a budget question, Michael. Have a question about something you think you might have left at Element "sometime last year," Michael. Not that he can answer all the questions, we simply see him as one of the most capable people we have on staff. If you do have a question about a ministry, activities, or something about staff, he is the person who would know…plus he loves Jesus, which is something he doesn't mind telling you about.

Favorite Movies: The King's Speech, The Patriot, Star Trek - anything done by JJ Abrams.
Favorite TV Shows: BSG, 24, Homeland, Dr. Who, Suits, West Wing, Conan, Justified, Castle, 
Favorite Books: "Black", "Red", "White" (Trilogy), "This is for you" series, "New Morning Mercies" 
Favorite Music: Rock with a little Adele, let's be honest. 
Favorite word or phrase: "Did you burn it? Burn it?"


Jon & Michelle Gee

Jon and Michelle Gee (pronounced "G" like "G-wiz" and not "Gee" as in "geezer") are Element's resident hipsters (I say this because they wear cool clothes and like bands I have never heard of). Jon and Michelle have a passion for Jesus and His truth, while also trying to understand what makes people tick on a psychological level. We affectionately call them "team Gee" which is fun, they also now call themselves "team Gee" which is weird. Team Gee are currently Gospel Community leaders, while Jon oversees member interviews and Michelle oversees our music.

Favorite Movies: Almost Famous, Lars and the Real Girl, The Darjeeling Limited, Life is Beautiful, the Before Sunrise trilogy
Favorite TV Shows: Arrested Development, Portlandia, Hannibal
Favorite Books: That's too hard...I'll have to go with my favorite authors instead :) Patrick Phillips, Rainer Maria Rilke, R.S. Thomas, Paul Tripp, David Sedaris, Anne Lamott, Malcolm Gladwell, Jonathan Edwards, J.D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Music: Jeff Buckley, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, TV on the Radio, Spiritualized, Young Oceans, The Verve, Cat Power, Neil Young...Zeppelin, duh.
Favorite Dessert: mud pie
Favorite word or phrase: "...this one goes to 11."
Favorite Hobby: Making music with friends
Most Likely to do on the weekend: sing songs to Jesus with you guys, explore the Central Coast, go winetasting


John & Karin Warren

John is one of our deacons and the chairman of our general board. He can fix just about anything because he has mad engineering skills - but unfortunately he can't fix your stuff as he is always busy fixing Element's stuff.

Favorite Hobby: Wakeboarding and Snowboarding
Favorite Fast Food: Del Taco
Favorite Snack: Tim's Jalapeno Chips
Favorite Car: Pickup Truck
Most Likely to do on the weekend: Walking Rukia (dog) in the field behind my house
Favorite Season: Warmth


Haiti Carlberg

Our Church Dog.

Favorite Movies: The one with that guy and the lazer pointer....
Favorite TV Shows: Pinky and The Brain, House (he throws the ball, a lot), BONES.
Favorite Books: Any hardcover, they give more chewing time.
Favorite Food: Rocks, frisbees, grass, wood, trees in the back yard.
Favorite Dessert: Whatever is on the ground.
Favorite word or phrase: "That's the church dog."