About Our Leadership and Beliefs

Newbreak Church is all about, "Connecting people with God through authentic relationships to serve communities."

Our Heart for People

When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:29-31).

Robert Wachs

Robert Wachs, Lead Pastor

Roberts Wachs is the Lead Pastor at Newbreak Church. When he is isn't speaking at our Tierrasanta campus, he is visiting our other campuses with his wife Lisa in Scripps Ranch and Ocean Beach, encouraging their pastors and empowering their people. He's been at Newbreak Church for more than 20 years and is excited for the future, as we connect people with God through authentic relationships to serve communities.

Mike Quinn

Mike Quinn

Legacy Pastor

About Mike

Mike Quinn is the Legacy and founding Pastor of Newbreak Church, after planting and leading the church since 1986 with his wife Teresa. In this role, he speaks occasionally at the various campuses and coaches where needed.  Mike is an integral part of the SoCal Church Planting Lead Team to further the efforts of Newbreak and the SoCal Network to plant more churches.

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JoAnn Johnson

Executive Pastor of Ministry

About JoAnn

JoAnn Johnson is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Newbreak Church. JoAnn and her husband, Eric, are new to San Diego and love exploring all the great beaches with their two boys and dogs. Prior to serving at Newbreak she worked with the SoCal Network of the Assemblies of God providing leadership and training for hundreds of churches and pastors. She is excited for the future of Newbreak Church, as we continue to develop leaders who change their communities.


Lisa Wachs

Executive Director of Communications

About Lisa

Lisa Wachs is the Executive Director of Communications, overseeing all content creation and messaging on Newbreak's various in-person and digital platforms. As a former trial attorney, Lisa brings a wealth of experience as a communicator and writer to her role at Newbreak. With her passion for travel and exploration, she has taken her two teenage boys on numerous RV adventures throughout nearly all of the States and Canada. 

Jared Johnson

Jared Johnson

Scripps Ranch Campus Pastor

About Jared

Jared Johnson is the Campus Pastor and main teaching pastor at Newbreak Scripps Ranch. Along with his wife, Julie, and three kids, they have a heart to connect with people and make them feel like family. He's been at Newbreak for 23 years and on staff for the last 12 years. He loves getting to know people over a cup of coffee, is excited for our shared future, and believes that the best is yet to come at Newbreak!

Markus Witherspoon

Markus Witherspoon

Tierrasanta Campus Pastor

About Markus

Markus Witherspoon is the Campus Pastor at our Tierrasanta Campus. When he isn't speaking or leading worship, he is enjoying time with his wife Nicci, reading books, listening to podcasts, and cycling around San Diego. He's been at Newbreak for seven years and is excited for his future at Newbreak, connecting people and communities!


Brayden Brookshier

Ocean Beach Campus Director

About Brayden

Brayden Brookshier is the Campus Director at Newbreak Church Ocean Beach. Enthusiasm is his superpower. Along with pastoring, he is passionate about getting people to be fully alive to the wonder of walking with God. You can find Brayden, his wife, Ariana, and his son, Kairo enjoying the great outdoors, good food, or a good book. Biblical Greek, theology, and adventurous faith are subjects he is always willing to engage in. Brayden would love to connect with you and see how you can find your place at Newbreak!

These Core Beliefs are intended to be the basis of fellowship.

There will always be peripheral doctrines upon which committed followers of Christ disagree, but the core beliefs are non-negotiable. WE BELIEVE: The Bible is the inspired Word of God. There is one true God. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. All men are sinners and are in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ. Salvation is through faith in Christ alone, and is given by God's grace. The Holy Spirit is given to all believers.

The Bible Is The Inspired Word Of God

The Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and is the only authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

There Is One True God

Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:4-5); His miracles (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:37-38); His death on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God the Father.

All Men Are Sinners In Need Of A Savior

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6), their sin had several consequences: First, they were sent from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), next a curse was pronounced on them and all their descendents (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left us in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).

But God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to save the world (John 3:16). The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (1 Peter 2:24). When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction: We become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19); we are given eternal life (John 3:16); we become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7); our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12); we are born again (John 3:3)

Salvation Is Through Faith In Christ Alone, And Is Given By God's Grace

When asked the way to the Father, Jesus replied, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me." We gain access to God and His grace through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. (Romans 5:1-8) There is nothing we can do to earn God's favor. Eternal life is a gift (Romans 6:26). We are saved by grace through faith, and even our faith is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Holy Spirit Is Given To All Believers

The Holy Spirit is given to all believers to empower us to share what God has done for us (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9). The nine fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. The gifts of the Spirit are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1), but they must be exercised in an orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:26-33) in the context of love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). There are also various experiences of The Spirit which the Scripture refers to as "fillings, baptism, & leadings" (Acts 1:8; 2:1f; Matthew 4:1; Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5).

Newbreak is an independent community of believers connected as a free association with the Assemblies of God.

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