Senior Staff

ECTLC is unique. Nearly everyone on our staff, paid and volunteer, has come through one of our programs. The senior staff pictured below is no exception, with the majority having completed programming identical to that which is offered here at ECTLC. This is helpful to what we do—no one coming into our programs can tell us that we don’t understand what they’re going through. We’ve been there & done that! We can be compassionate & understanding toward them, in every step they take, through every phase of their programming, because someone once did it for us. Pictured below is more than 70 years of ministry experience, 4 ordained pastors, and a dedication to the Lord that keeps us coming back day after day, determined to help everyone that comes to us for help!

SENIOR STAFF L-R:  Robert Webb (Food Services),  Ivan Andujar (Facilities), Harold Brown (CEO), Helen Zamora (Development), Miles Johnson (Director of Ministries Case Management), James Merino (Family Services), Jonathon Heuberger (Program Director)

Harold Brown has been involved with the Discipleship Ministries since 2002, and became CEO of the East County Transitional Living Center in 2009. He was previously with the San Diego Rescue Mission, both as a graduate and later as a member of their staff. There he met and married his wife Jacky, who works in management with Goodwill Industries. Harold has 3 sons and a daughter, and is active in the community of El Cajon and beyond. He is also the senior pastor at Christian Fellowship of El Cajon, which is adjacent to ECTLC.   work 619-442-0457 ext. 1000   cell 619-977-0633.


James Merino, Director of Family Services at ECTLC, has more than 20 years of experience in pastoral and leadership ministry. Previously the Director of the San Diego Dream Center, an affiliate of the Dream Center in Los Angeles.  Over 23 years of finance, real estate, networking, and non-profit development. Focus in family restoration, discipleship, outreach and recovery   work 619-5442-0457ext. 1169   cell



Jonathon Heuberger is the Director of Discipleship Ministries.  He is responsible for all curriculum, policies and protocols that affect the Men’s and Women’s Discipleship Ministries.  Jonathon graduated the Discipleship Ministry in 2005.  He is married to his wife Erinn and are raising 4 children.



Miles Johnson is the Director of Ministries Case Management at ECTLC. He is responsible for meeting and advising individuals in the Men’s and Women’s Discipleship Ministries. He graduated from the Discipleship Ministry in 2001, and has been married to his wife Teresa since 2003. Miles was born and raised in San Diego, and is familiar with addiction, prison, and street life. He is currently the Associate Pastor at Christian Fellowship of El Cajon.   work 619-442-0457 ext. 1168   cell 619-212-2989.


Ivan Andujar is the Director of Operations at ECTLC. As Director of Operations, his responsibilities include all ECTLC properties, buildings, insurance, lease agreements, transportation, operations staff, and myriad other concerns. He graduated the Discipleship Ministry in 2004, and is a former municipal employee from Monrovia, CA. serving as a Recreation Coordinator for (14) years.   work 619-442-0457 ext 1118


Robert Webb is the Director of Food Services at ECTLC. He oversees the kitchen staff, prepares the menus, interacts with food banks and agencies, and still finds time to cook. The kitchen’s he directs for ECTLC, in 4 locations, serve more than 300,000 meals a year. He graduated the Discipleship Ministry in 2000, met and married his wife Jacky, and took a position with the Hyatt Companies (which he left to come back here and serve in our kitchens). Robert was ordained in 2002, and is a teaching Pastor at Christian Fellowship of El Cajon.   work 619-442-0457   cell 619-847-9349


Helen Zamora is the Director of Community Development and Human Resources for ECTLC. She also assists Community Relations in procurement, speaking engagements, and resource events. Helen and her husband David oversee the evangelism team at Christian Fellowship of El Cajon. They also teach guitar & keyboards to the youth.   work 619-442-0457ext. 1113   cell 619-415-5513