Meet the Team

Pastor Nate Wagner

Nate is the Lead pastor at Anthem Chapel.
Pastor Nate was born in Texas but has spent over half his life in California. He graduated from UCSB in 2001 with his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. After 19 years of ministry at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, the Lord called Nate to plant a church in the town he has called home for the last 25 years, Goleta.
Pastor Nate’s passion is to share the Gospel with the lost, and equip believers to impact the world around them for Jesus.

Pastor Nate has been married to his wife Allison for 13 years, and they have four wonderful children, Ava, Hudson, Beau and Cash.

Pastor Lars Linton

Lars is the Executive pastor at Anthem Chapel.
Pastor Lars was born in Ohio. Lars attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating with degrees in Sociology and Anthropology. He attended graduate school at the University of California Santa Barbara graduate program specializing in communication and early childhood development, earning his doctorate in Sociology in 2006.
Pastor Lars was called into full time ministry at the beginning of 2006 at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara.

Pastor Lars believes that the name of Jesus is hope for the world. He is excited about Anthem Chapel impacting Goleta and UCSB with the life-transforming gospel of Jesus.

Pastor Lars has been married to his beautiful wife Emily since 2007. They have three beautiful daughters, Lydia, Lindy, and Isla.

Erin Etherton

Erin is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Anthem Chapel. Erin was born in Long Beach, CA and has lived in the Santa Barbara area most of her life. She attended Westmont College and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies and continued in Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College. Erin worked as the Children’s Ministry assistant at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara for 6 years before stepping down to stay home with her two boys.

Erin is so excited to get back into ministry! She feels so blessed to be able to love on the kids of Anthem Chapel. Her heart is to continually show them the light of the Lord so they can be lights of Jesus to others to show them His eternal love for the world.

Erin married her college sweetheart, Justin, in 2010 and they have two little boys, Decker and Jax. They enjoy trips to Disneyland, homeschooling, and enjoying this beautiful community.

Ryler Austin

Ryler is the Youth Director at Anthem Chapel.

Ryler is currently studying Biochemistry at UCSB. He is a Goleta local and has been a part of multiple ministries in churches and schools around town. Having been serving at Anthem since its beginning, Ryler is excited and blessed to now come onto the team as the new youth director and he hopes to help build a community, at Anthem and in Goleta, centered around Jesus where Jr. High and High school students can feel confident in and be proud of their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Michaela Jorgensen

Michaela was born and raised right here in Goleta, CA. She attended Santa Barbara City College for two years then transferred to California State University Channel Islands where she studied Liberal Arts with the intent to be a teacher.

After taking seven years off to be a full time mom to her three children, Michaela is enjoying working part-time for Anthem. She is excited to be providing support to our pastors and children’s ministry director. Her heart is to love, nourish, and connect the community and faith family of Anthem Chapel. 

Michaela and her husband Aaron have three children, Camilla, Wesley and Lucy. 

Rhett Austin
Rhett is the Youth Ministry Assistant at Anthem Chapel.
Rhett is a native of Goleta. As of this moment he is a proud graduate of the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy. He has enjoyed working and serving in the church and in missions for as long as he can remember. Rhett has a heart for youth to be transformed by the healing power of Jesus Christ.