Sports Staff

Josh Merrill: Sports Pastor 

Sports have always run through Josh’s bones—from little league baseball, soccer, and swimming as a child growing up in San Diego, to playing three sports in high school. Josh went on to play college and professional basketball. It wasn’t until his college career at University of California Santa Barbara was over that he began to learn that life was more than a game. It was then that he fully came to know Jesus Christ.

Josh spent six years playing professional basketball internationally. He calls it “missionary basketball,” because in countries like Portugal, Argentina, Australia, Italy, Lebanon, and China, he was able to share his faith in Christ on a personal level through the common bond of sports.

Josh and his wife Angie reside in Porter Ranch, CA with their children, Donovan, Kyra and Milani. They hope to have a little basketball team of their own some day. Josh's favorites include surfing, snowboarding and any sport with a ball.

jmerrill@theshepherd.org


Ann Boettcher: Administrative Sports Assistant 

Ann was born and raised in Michigan where she was physically active through different venues like riding her bike, playing tennis, skating (roller and ice), skiing, playing racquetball and a little golf, horseback riding, and swimming. She met Jesus as her Savior when she was 18 and has never looked back. Her heart has been to help people especially kids. She was later involved as a volunteer in an organization that traveled nationwide helping our youth “make right choices”. Eventually, she moved back to California from North Carolina where she was active as a volunteer, helping in the effort to raise funds for the annual Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fund.

aboettcher@theshepherd.org


Josue Navarro: Sports Coordinator 

Bio coming soon!