Jeremy M. Stalnecker
Director of Veterans Affairs
Jeremy M. Stalnecker
Director of Veterans Affairs, Serving California / Pastor / USMC Infantry Officer and Iraq Veteran
While growing up in San Jacinto, CA, Jeremy's only goal in life was to leave home and join the Marine Corps
Even though his
father was the pastor of a local church, Jeremy
did not have a desire to enter ministry and hoped that he
could instead live out his
life serving his
The dream of being a United States Marine was finally realized with an active duty commission in 1999.
Following Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, VA, Jeremy
was assigned to First Battalion, Fifth Marines
, First Marine Division as an infantry platoon commander.
Serving first as a rifle platoon commander in a helicopter company and then as the platoon commander of the counter-mechanized platoon, Jeremy learned valuable leadership and communication skills that he continues to use today.
In January 2003, Fifth Marines
, as a part of the First Marine Division, deployed to Kuwait in support of what would become Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As the war began, First Battalion, Fifth Marines
would be the infantry battalion used to breech the berm separating Kuwait and Iraq and would secure the first major objective of the war.
This led to a road march that would see the battalion occupying Baghdad and seizing the presidential palace in northern Baghdad on the Tigris River.
Throughout this movement, Jeremy
and the counter-mechanized platoon would provide navigation and lead security for the battalion.
While in the Marine Corps
, God was working in Jeremy's life to turn his
heart toward full-time ministry.
Just one month after returning from Iraq, Jeremy became a staff member of his home church at Coastline Baptist in Oceanside, CA.
gained ministry experience that would equip him for the further leading of God.
role as an Assistant Pastor, he
counseled and mentored many couples and individuals while also maintaining other church responsibilities.
It was a great privilege for him to be able to serve in this capacity so close to Camp Pendleton since most of those that he worked with were either Marines or the family members of Marines.
In 2008, Jeremy and his family took on a new responsibility when he became the Senior Pastor, just east of San Francisco Bay at Bay Area Baptist Church in Fremont, CA. In this capacity, he continued to minister to families and individuals in a wide range of areas.