Meet Our Team
The Gathering team is filled with adults who love High School students and all share a passion for helping students know God. Come by The Gathering and meet our team.
Troy Leeman - Youth Pastor
Troy Leeman has been with the Gathering for over thirteen years, and considers his role as youth pastor to be among his greatest blessings. He is married to his best friend Lisa, and is father to his daughter Arden and boys Ryker and Tate. Troy leads a staff of interns, preaches Sunday morning, leads bible studies (House Parties), takes students on domestic and international mission trips, leads a group of students to winter and summer camps, as well as many other events and trips throughout the year. As youth pastor, Troy’s desire is to see students grow in their knowledge of the Bible, build solid relationships, and become transformed into young men and women of God. He values his role as mentor/teacher/pastor immensely and relishes any and every opportunity to help students grow in their time in the Gathering.
Megan Benton - Senior High Ministry Coordinator
Megan Benton has worked as the Ministries Coordinator in the Gathering for nearly nine years. As both a Christian High and San Diego Christian College alumni, Megan has considered it a privilege to serve the students of San Diego. Megan has worked as a corporate event planner, and was a part of the TOMS shoes movement, but has always been drawn back to what God is doing at the Gathering. She desires to see the Gathering serve God’s people through evangelistic events, domestic and international mission trips, and scores of other meetings and retreats. Megan has a heartbeat for missions, and when not in the Gathering enjoys all things creative, being active, and travelling.
Sheila Smith - Senior High Administrative Assistant
Sheila Smith has been a part of the student ministry at Shadow Mountain for twenty years. As one of the most recognizable faces in the Family Ministries, Sheila has been committed to youth for two decades, and has played a role in the spiritual formation of countless students. She does administration for both the C.R.E.W and Gathering, and is an incredible resource for staff as well as students. Sheila loves all things Disney, going to the movies, and continuing relationships with former students.
Marco Rios - Designer of Senior High Ministry Program
Marco Rios moved to San Diego over a year ago after attending college in Fresno and working at Hume Lake Christian Camps through the winter and summer seasons as the Head Lead Counselor. Marco has had the privilege of speaking at churches and conferences throughout California, Nevada and Arizona and has a passion to build up a generation of young people committed to the cause of Christ. In addition to his time spent at the Gathering he enjoys running, tennis, and writing.
Lauren Gooch - Senior High Ministry Intern
Lauren Gooch grew up in San Diego and attended the Gathering all four years of high school. She is currently attending San Diego State University and is on track to become an elementary school teacher. She has served at Shadow Mountain is various capacities, in both Children’s Ministries and the Gathering. She desires to see young women shaped by the Word, and works to prepare them for the testing of their faith in college. In her free time Lauren likes to spend time with her family, ride horses, and travelling.
Nikki Hylander - Senior High Ministry Intern
Nikki Hylander is a Christian High alumni and recent graduate of San Diego Christian College having majored in Communications. Nikki has been on staff at the Gathering for nearly three years and plays a integral role in planning many events and trips. She has been committed to international missions work in various areas of the world and has a passion to see young women grow in their faith. When she’s not at the Gathering she enjoys hiking, Thai food, and spending time with her closest friends.
Tiffany Griffin - Senior High Ministry Intern
Tiffany Griffin joined the Gathering staff last summer, having grown up and served at Hume Lake Christian Camps. She currently attends San Diego Christian College and is majoring in English and Bible. After graduation Tiffany would like to work in ministry and feels called to both high school and women’s ministries. She has a desire to see people come to know Jesus and cherishes any opportunity to share her faith with her students. When she’s not at the Gathering Tiffany enjoys travelling, reading, and latte art.
Jake Breshear - Senior High Ministry Intern
Jake Breshears is a native San Diegan who grew up in the C.R.E.W. and Gathering. After some time at Arizona State University, Jake finished his degrees in Political Science and History at Montana State University. It was there that God began to cultivate in him a passion for the Gospel through his involvement in Campus Crusade. Jake now attends Southern Theological Seminary and plays an integral role in the Gathering through teaching, media, and small groups.