Dr. Brent Brown
My name is Brent Brown. I am currently the president of the ILC council. I’ve previously served on the music and worship committee as well as the global missions committee. I have a strong desire to continue our outwardly focused ministry to love everyone intentionally. I also have a strong interest in making our church as accessible to young families in our community as possible. I am a proud father to Olivia and Aria and married to my talented and beautiful wife Courtney Steller.
I have been a member of Incarnation since 1990 and have served on the church council for two terms in the past. I have served 2 terms on the Synod Council and am currently finishing up a term. I currently serve on the executive committee of the Pacifica Synod for another year. I enjoy the time I have spent on Synod Council. It has introduced me to many people both lay and ordained who have taught me much and strenghed my faith.
I am a retired RN. I worked for 13 years in the hospital setting in many different departments. I switched to school nursing and worked another 12 years for the San Diego Unified School district retiring in 2018.
I am married to Brad and have two boys Kent and Brett and 2 wonderful grandchildren Noah and Rose.
I look forward to my time on council. I hope I can bring my experience of serving on Synod Council to bring some new ideas to our church council.
Dr. Todd Cook
Dr. Todd McClure Cook is a health care executive and officer with
Sharp HealthCare (San Diego, CA). He is blessed with a beautiful wife (Doris) and four, four-legged retriever children (Dominick, Finnigan, Annabelle, and Huckleberry), and father (Robert). He enjoys the arts
and is a novice art collector.
Todd and Doris enjoy cooking and
experimenting in the kitchen.
Todd claims continuing education and “collecting sheepskin” as a hobby. Active Lutherans, the Cook clan attends Incarnation Lutheran Church (Poway, CA) where Todd serves as Council Secretary, and member of the church’s personnel and nomination committee.
Married to Connie for 32 years, dad to Ryan (married to Rachel), Katie and Aidan, grandfather to Renee and Ayla. Civil Engineer/Construction Manager for Wood plc currently working at the San Diego Airport. Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and Squadron Commander. Member of Incarnation since about 2004. Council treasurer (which Pastor Luther reminded me was the role Judas Iscariot had with the disciples…).
Other than family, work and church: Born in Ohio. Lived in Michigan, South Dakota, Germany, and Virginia before coming to California in 2002. Connie was born in Oregon. We met in South Dakota. She teaches special needs kids at Mesa Verde Middle School. Other things: Scouts, marching band, soccer dad, orchestra dad, HOA board. Interests: grandkids, kids, camping, history, riding off-road, water sports, traveling and now riding motorcycles with Connie.
Darrell and his wife, Nancy, have been a members of Incarnation since 2001. He is a retired Information Technology professional. Darrell supports the Domestic Mission team. while also serving as a member of the finance, property, and personnel committees.
Member of ILC since 2015. Has taught upper elementary
Sunday School at ILC and previous churches. Currently involved in hand bells, communion assistant, Alter Guild and Stewardship.
One of the things I value in the ELCA is communion partnership with other denominations. Recognizing that we have more in common than our differences
and that in some areas we can agree to disagree while acknowledging that we
are all part of the body of Christ.
I am a retired retail store manager, I also owned and managed a restaurant for 20 years. I have 5 grown children and 10 grandchildren. I have served on the Stewardship Committee at this church and my former church, I have served on the Church Council for 12 years and been a member of the Local Mission Team.
I was born and raised on Long Island, New York. I attended Clarkson University graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation I returned to Long Island and worked for a consulting engineering firm designing bridges and small structures. In 1989 I joined the Navy to become a Naval Aviator. I earned my Naval Aviator wings in 1990 as a helicopter pilot. During my 20 year Naval Career I deployed aboard aircraft carriers. small ships and remote bases. I supported several conflicts including; Desert Storm, Operation Deny Flight (Bosnia), Operation Restore Hope (Somalia) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I also graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School and earned a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. After retiring from the Navy in 2019 and to this day, I have worked at Northrop Grumman supporting several unmanned aircraft programs. I am married to my beautiful Susan and have three daughters Meghan, Lauren and Devon. We have been attending Incarnation Lutheran since 2015.
Where you are from
I was born and raised in Ohio. I have lived throughout the Midwest including stints in WVA, Detroit and Chicago. I am a big Ohio State Buckeye fan.
How you came into ILC
My husband and I moved from Chicago to San Diego and we were looking for a church home. We are so glad to have found ILC.
Current role within Council
In addition to being on Church Council, I am the Local Mission Committee Chair.
Future hopes for the ILC church community
With the support and involvement of the Congregation, it is my hope that we continue to expand our Local Mission and outreach efforts to those in need.
Walter J. Davis
Vice Admiral Walter J. Davis, USN (Ret.) is cofounder EvoNexus Technology Incubator. He is former VP for Business Development at GDE Systems (BAE). He was a cofounder of E-fire, a technology startup. He served in Navy as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, N6. He was a Navy fighter pilot, Fighter Squadron Commanding Officer (VF-114), Aircraft Carrier Commanding Officer (USS Ranger (CV-64), and Battle Group Commander (CG-6). Ashore in Navy he served as a test pilot, Navy Engineer for the F-14, Executive Assistant to Vice Chief of Naval operations for Air Warfare and Naval Warfare IT Architect (SPAWAR). He is an Ohio State University Electrical Engineering graduate. He and his wife Connie live in Poway. They have two married daughters, Sharon Clayton (Larry) and Kim King (James) and 4 grandchildren, Alex, Andrew, Aaron, and Jasmine. I enjoy being outdoors and have fun biking, hiking, gardening and walking our dog, Benji, with my family.
After being raised Episcopalian, Joan came to Incarnation in 1994 at the invitation of a friend. Joan is the council liaison to the Christian Education Committee and Chair of Global Mission. She has been involved in all four phases of mission including being an advisor to the youth group and traveling to regional youth events, teaching Sunday School, working at Vacation Bible School, being on Mutual Ministry, and on the Nominating Committee. She has traveled to Cameroon, Mexico and India on mission trips. In looking towards the future, Joan is excited about continuing to expand our ministry both online and in person as well as working towards an RIC (Reconciliation in Christ) designation for Incarnation.
Nancy was raised in the Lutheran Church and attended Wittenberg University in Ohio. After majoring in biology, she attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She then joined the US Navy and moved to San Diego where she completed her residency and fellowship training. She now works as an Infectious Disease Specialist at Scripps. After moving to Scripps Ranch, her family began attending ILC. Her church involvement includes church council, local and global mission committees and serv1ing as one of the Stephen ministry leaders. Her ambitions include global outreach and striving for a more diversified and technologically savvy ministry post-COVID.