Rich Fernandez is a member of New Song Church in Oceanside, where he has been attending since 1992. Rich knew about Jesus growing up in a Catholic Church. But he began his own discipleship journey through a small group during his community college years. Shortly after getting married to Debbie, they began to attend Saddleback Church where Rich was baptized by Pastor Rick Warren.
As part of New Song, Rich has been a small group leader and has been involved in landscaping and building team projects. He has a heart for missions and has a strong desire to see the Great Commission fulfilled throughout the world. Rich met Mark Williams at New Song and admires Mark's passion for building disciples for Christ.
Rich grew up in Sonoma, California and received an Electronic Technician diploma from DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, Arizona. He met Debbie (also a Fernandez), while working at an Irvine computer company. He and Debbie have been married since 1985 and have three sons, Ricky, Nicolaus and Michael.
Rich is a Senior Staff Support (electrical) Engineer and Manager, employed by the leading cellular phone chip design company in San Diego for over 23 years.
Rich's hobbies include travelling, gardening, jogging and bicycling.