Meet the Team

Pastor Nate Wagner

nate@anthemchapel.com

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@anthemchapel.com

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@anthemchapel.com

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.

Michaela Jorgensen

michaela@anthemchapel.com

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 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@anthemchapel.com
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 are newlyweds, married in 2020, and recently had their first child, Riley Lynn Austin, in September of 2021.

Ashley Nyman

ashley@anthemchapel.com

Ashley is the Worship Director at Anthem Chapel. 

Ashley was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, where she began growing as a worship leader at the young age of 10. She attended Azusa Pacific University receiving a BFA in Acting. Spending a few post college years pursuing an acting career, she always sensed the Lord calling her into ministry through worship. In 2019, deciding to surrender to wherever God would lead, she ended up in Goleta. Ashley’s heart is to help lead others into the presence of Jesus through passionate and sincere worship.

Keith Gagnon

keith@anthemchapel.com

Keith is the Children’s Ministry Assistant at Anthem Chapel. 

I was born and raised in Ripon CA, where I grew up going to church along with my parents and four older siblings. Before moving to Santa Barbara, I was heavily involved in my youth group, as well as taking part in a variety of sports, and then eventually becoming a kids jiu jitsu coach. After graduation, I attended UCSB seeking to earn my bachelors in Communication. After pursuing many other options the world had to offer, I finally was curious to see what the Lord had in store for me, and he ended up bringing me to Anthem. I have a huge heart for kids, and truly believe that God can do, and does amazing things through them, therefore my goal is to build up the younger generation and point them towards Jesus. I oversee the 4th-6th grade ministry and assist in children’s ministry on Sunday mornings.