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 married his wife Allison in 2004 and they have four wonderful children, Ava, Hudson, Beau and Cash. As a family they enjoy going to the beach, electric bike riding, playing sports and wakeboarding. The Wagner fam loves to have fun!

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 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 four beautiful daughters, Lydia, Lindy, Isla, and Gloria.

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 three boys, Decker, Jax and Ames. They enjoy traveling as a family, homeschooling, and enjoying this beautiful community.

Michaela Jorgensen
Michaela helps run the Children’s Ministry at Anthem Chapel.


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, Michaela has enjoyed working part-time for Anthem since 2019. She enjoys being able to provide 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 four children, Camilla, Wesley, Lucy and Frank. 

Rhett Austin
Rhett is the Youth Director at Anthem Chapel.
“Ranger Rhett” is a native of Goleta.  He has enjoyed working and serving in the church and in missions for as long as he can remember, and has been a part of Anthem Chapel from the very beginning. Rhett has a heart for youth to be discipled and transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.
Rhett and his wife Kailey got married in 2020, and have three children: Riley and twin boys Wyatt and Fritz.

Monty Minchin

Monty is the Jr. High Pastor at Anthem Chapel.

Monty was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He experienced God’s love as a child and grew up worshipping Jesus. Monty attended UC Santa Barbara where he served as a student leader with Cru and Jesus Burgers. He graduated in 2020 with degrees in History and Religious Studies. Monty spent the next two years coaching P.E. and after school sports at Providence Elementary School and serving on the leadership team at Isla Vista Church. Since childhood, Monty has been blessed by strong Christian communities with mentors and friends who cared about him and consistently showed up in his life. His decision to enter full time ministry comes from a heart to glorify God by returning that blessing to the next generation.

Brandon Joh

Brandon is the Worship Director at Anthem Chapel.

Brandon is a worship leader/songwriter from Orange County and has been leading worship since he was 15 years old. He has a passion for music and a heart for raising up the next generation of young leaders through worship. Brandon is still involved in various worship movements across Southern California.

Courtney Javier

Courtney is the Administrative Assistant at Anthem Chapel.

Courtney grew up in Los Angeles where she began following Jesus at a young age thanks to her parents, a local church, and a summer camp in the mountains called Hume Lake. She attended Westmont College for her undergrad and Fuller Theological Seminary for her Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy. Her career has mainly been focused on working with children with special needs and their families both in the therapeutic and social work fields. Throughout her life, Courtney has served both vocationally and as a volunteer for local churches holding positions in youth and women’s ministry. Courtney’s heart is to know Jesus and to make Him known and is it is her joy to help do that with Anthem’s team.

Courtney married her husband DJ in 2016, and they have one son named Duke. You can catch her, Duke, and their dog, Squid, on the beach cheering on DJ, their favorite surfer.