Rob Cobb

Senior pastor | courageous - men's ministry


As early as Rob can remember, he has always been involved in a church. Born in San Diego to a loving Christian family, he accepted Jesus at the young age of 7, but began to develop his own relationship with Him later in life. He has had the privilege to be a part of Mission Valley Christian Fellowship from the very beginning and has been on staff for nearly 22 years. What started as a “Whatever you would Like”, has turned into Bookkeeping and Administration, and now the role of Senior Pastor. He was ordained in 1999 and over the last few of years have had the privilege to continue the journey to the call of Senior Pastor of Mission Valley Christian Fellowship. Rob also currently oversees the Courageous Men's Ministry.

He will always admit that the one thing that did it for him was when he was encouraged to read his Bible an hour a day. It created a complete confidence in God alone and not on his own abilities and he has been able to allow God to use him in ways he never thought he could ever be used.

Who is "Mr Sunshine" (as his wife, Janet, refers to him on Sunday mornings) outside of these church walls? On his free time he faithfully volunteers to serve the San Diego Police Department as a Chaplain. He also loves to cook and has mastered the art of smoked ribs. God has blessed him with a beautiful wife and 5 amazing kids.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
— John 15:5

Leo Giovinetti

Founding pastor


Pastor Leo Giovinetti has been in ministry for over 40 years. He has been the Pastor of Mission Valley Christian Fellowship for over 25 years.
Co-Host of the International National Radio Program TEMA (To Every Man an Answer) on CSN RadioA former entertainer in Las Vegas, Reno and Tahoe. his favorite thing to do is sit down, one on one, and tell someone about Jesus. He’s totally committed to reaching the world for Jesus. He’s a down-to-earth teacher whose animated style brings the Gospel to life in a vibrant and exciting way.

He is also Dean over Grace Christian Schools, based in San Diego, CA, a flexible homeschooling program used by families worldwide especially those going overseas like Military or Missionaries.

He’s a longtime friend and tour leader bringing many people to Israel. He’s met with the last 5 Prime Ministers of Israel and through these trips he has been able to facilitate over a million dollars worth of gifts, aid, and provided an ambulance for use by the city of Jerusalem.

He’s been married to his wife Sandra for more than 44 years, has three children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way. Pastor Leo’s in love with Jesus and he’s truly passionate about the Bible. And if you get nothing else from his messages, but to start reading your Bible every day, he’ll rejoice because you’ll be spending time with Jesus – and you’ll draw closer to God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
— John 3:16


Frank Giovinetti

Associate Pastor

Frank was born in Reno Nevada July 20, 1974. However, he was raised in California where he grew up surfing, fishing, hunting and playing sports. Frank has always had a heart for the outdoors but more importantly a heart for God & His people.

Frank accepted Jesus at the tender age of 3 years old. He had the privilege of growing up in the church and serving in many different ministries throughout his life. Today he serves on MVCF’s Pastoral Team and oversees the Prayer Ministry. Frank is also a part of The Most Excellent Way, where his desire is to encourage those that are struggling and see them find freedom in Christ. He also has a heart for children and loves to serve along his wife Paula, who oversees the Kingdom Kids Children’s Ministry, whenever he has the opportunity.  

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. He has been married to his best friend and love of his life since December 2003. Together, God has blessed them with 6 precious children. He enjoys watching his kids play sports, going to the beach, taking naps, and steak dinners. He gives all Glory to God for the many blessings in his life.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
— Romans 12:2


Lyle Detwiler

pastor | mvcfnextchurch - youth ministry


Lyle currently resides in San Diego, CA and is the Youth Pastor at Mission Valley Christian Fellowship. He is an artist, accomplished photographer, philanthropist, and adventure seeker with a big heart. Lyle has a hard time saying "no" to those in need which makes him an indispensable part of this ministry.

Lyle has ministered to the mvcfNEXTchurch Youth Ministry for over 20 years, and he has passed on to them the love of God and a sense of nature and adventure. Because of the amount of time he has spent dedicating his life to this age group, he has had the privilege of seeing these youth grow up - presiding at their weddings and seeing them start careers and have children. Lyle is still in contact with many of the youth he has ministered to and is deeply loved by them.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:6-7


John Dearden

worship director | vessels worship


John, aka “Johnny Graves”, was born in raised in San Diego, CA. He grew up playing baseball, surfing in Pacific Beach, and enjoying the beautiful weather of Southern California. His parents introduced him to the Lord when he was very young, and ensured that he received the best Christian education possible. When he was nine years old, his parents bought him a clarinet, and his musical journey began. Over time, he learned many instruments, including saxophone, piano, guitar. He studied music performance at the Wheaton College Music Conservatory in Chicago. After a while, he felt called back to San Diego, where he finished his degree in Music Industry Studies.

In 2008 he was invited to Mission Valley Christian Fellowship for the first time. After rededicating his life to Jesus, he began to serve in the church’s tech ministry. In 2017, John was called to the position of Worship Ministry Director and oversees and ministers to the Vessels Worship Team at Mission Valley Christian Fellowship. He also serves as a leader for IGNITE Young Adults.

John loves spending time on his own writing new music. He also enjoys spending quality time with his beautiful daughter Hailey.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
— Romans 12:1


Janet Cobb

Handmaidens of the lord - Women's ministry


Janet has been a pastor’s kid since she was 5 years old. At the age of 14, she rededicated her heart to Him in a decision she knew was all her own. Since then she has made every effort to try and read her bible every day and pray daily. Through this practice, she grows closer to God.

She has been married to her best friend since June of 1995. They have 5 kids of their own that they have homeschooled. God has brought other kids in and out of their lives that they have been blessed to help, parent or mentor at different times in their lives.

She currently helps with basic church office administration and oversees the Handmaidens of the Lord Women’s Ministry at Mission Valley Christian Fellowship. She prays daily for God to show her the needs of the women who attend MVCF and how she can, through God’s power, meet some of those needs. she enjoys Inspiring women to love God, love others, and have their own growing relationship with God.

In her free time, whenever she gets it, She wants to do only 2 things... Either sit around and have good food and conversations with family and friends or engross herself in a good book.

Delight yourself in the eyes of the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
— Psalm 37:4


Paula Giovinetti

Kingdom kids - Children's Ministry Director


Paula was a single mom for nine years. If she could sum up her testimony in one sentence it would be looking for love in all the wrong places. But in 2002 she found the love of Jesus and it forever changed her life. It was then that she realized God had a beautiful plan for her.

Today, she is the director of Kingdom Kids Children's Ministry at Mission Valley Christian Fellowship. It's her desire to equip children with the word of God and show them the love of Jesus. Paula also has a heart for women and loves to teach the word of God. She serves on our Handmaidens of the Lord Women's Ministry team and board.

Paula is married to her wonderful husband Frank and they have six beautiful children. She is a homeschooling mama and she loves to watch her children play sports. Next to Jesus her passion is her family and she considers it a privilege to be serving Jesus together.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
— Jeremiah 29:11


Linda Reynolds

Office administrator


Linda considers herself to be a blessed woman for what God has done in her life. She has been on staff for Mission Valley Christian Fellowship since June 2000 and has been attending since its very first meeting in Pastor Leo Giovinetti's living room in 1994. she is truly a staple to the church and has a heart for the body of Christ within Mission Valley Christian Fellowship.

Linda does it all, from taking care of day-to-day items for Pastor Leo Giovinetti and Pastor Rob cobb to organizing a fundraiser for victims of Israel. she assists with Outreaches, grinding the delicious beans for Holy Roast Coffee and much, MUCH more.

She has been married for 25 years to her loving husband Ed Reynolds, who himself has been serving as a board member to the church for over 7 years. some of her favorite things to do is to spend her free time with good company, crafting and gardening. She gets her best gardening tips from her 89 year old dad. She loves thrift store shopping with her friend, Sandra Giovinetti.

Her children are all grown up and she is blessed with 8 grand children.

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
— Isaiah 40:3


Jessica Aldaba

mvcfnextchurch - youth ministry assistant


Jessica Elizabeth Aldaba was born on a beautiful summer night in El Paso Texas, raised in sunny San Diego and enjoys photography. She also makes the tastiest salsa this side of the Mississippi. Honestly. Ask anyone!

Jessica began following Jesus at thirteen years of age and has grown up within mvcfNEXTchurch Youth Ministry here at Mission Valley Christian Fellowship. She presently serves as assistant to the Youth Pastor and loves ministering to the Jr. & Sr. High School students here at our church.

In addition, Jessica oversees our Holy Roast Coffee service to the church. She works in the church offices and helps plan, run, and make every church event better. Jessica loves to serve in every ministry of this church helping in every way possible.  She is our “go-to” gal and Pastor Leo's sandwich buddy.  But don't ever serve her anything with 2 meats!

I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
— Psalm 40:1-3


William Burt

principal of grace christian schools


William oversees and is the principal of our home school ministry, Grace Christian Schools.

He has been serving at Mission Valley Christian Fellowship for almost ten years and says the people here have become a big part of his family. He also enjoys serving as one of the coordinators for Kingdom Kids Children's Ministry. As well as serving as a youth leader for mvcfNEXTchurch Youth Ministry and a leader for IGNITE Young Adult.

One of the many things William likes to do in his spare time is to go bowling. He likes to go Hiking. he also likes to play board games, but does not like to stay out too late.

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
— Colossians 3:1-3


Robert Cobb

sound technician


Robert Paul Cobb was born and raised in San Diego California.
Has always loved spending time in and around the church and all the ministries. he oversees the live audio during all church services. He is currently a youth leader for the mvcfNEXTchurch Youth Ministry and has a huge heart for sharing Jesus with today's youth. He also loves setting up all the neat & fun games for the youth every Tuesday evening. He has been a part of the Mission Valley Christian Fellowship family from birth. 

in his free time, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Jessica; taking photos/videos for weddings events or just for fun, he also enjoys surfing, skating, road trips, hiking, the outdoors and anything active.

Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to your testimonies and not to selfish gain. Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
— Psalm 119:35-37