The Well Community Church

Pastors

Brad Bell

Brad Bell Directional Leader

Brad lived the stereotypical college life as a star athlete at CSU Fresno until he gave his life to Christ in 1993. The former defensive lineman has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. After marrying his bride, Jen, in Denton, Texas, they moved back to his hometown of Fresno. He was crazy enough to quit his job in 2002 to start a church with no financial support, no staff, and no building.

Brad and Jen have two daughters, Peyton and Kendall. One of his proudest moments as a pastor and father was baptizing his daughter, Peyton, at age seven.

Mark Snee

Mark Snee North PM Campus Pastor

Originally from Southern California, Mark and his wife Caitlin were married in 2005 and currently live in Fresno with their three children: Hayden, Hannah and Elijah. Mark surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 19 when he was in college, and immediately got involved with a local church, the very one he would then serve at for 10 years as a youth pastor. With a love for being active as well as engaging with people for the glory of Christ, Mark is grateful and excited about the ministry opportunities this city has to offer, especially from its younger collegiate generation.

Josh Hawley

Josh Hawley Fig Garden Campus Pastor

Josh grew up in a Christian home right here in Fresno. Turning away from God during his teenage years, he made a life-changing commitment to Christ in college and eventually became the pastor of the college ministry he was discipled in. A graduate of Fresno State and Mennonite Brethren (now Fresno Pacific) Biblical Seminary, he also studied at Talbot School of Theology, and has been a pastor of students and adults since 1999.

Josh enjoys playing board games, reading, traveling and spending time with his family. He and his beautiful wife Chris have been married since 1995, and they have three teenage sons: Noah, Sam and Gabriel.

Joe Buitrago

Joe Buitrago Southeast Campus Pastor

A native of Nicaragua, Joe Buitrago arrived to the States in 1986. In 1998 he became a pastor, and later planted a Spanish-speaking church in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2008, leaving it in the care of a new pastor in 2015.

Joe and his beautiful wife Rebeca were married in 1999, and they have four children: Moises, Gisel, Sofia and Joel. He enjoys cooking, watching a good game of baseball, and spending time with his family and three dogs.

Shea Sumlin

Shea Sumlin Director of Equipping

Raised in a non-Christian home, Shea was introduced to Jesus Christ during his sophomore year of high school. He later spent roughly 10 years serving in college ministry, where he met his bride, Tiffany. They got married in 2000 and have five daughters: Emma, Sara, Rebekah, Abigail and Hannah. Shea got his M.A. in Spiritual Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2003, then went on to pastor the very college ministry he was a part of. He enjoys watching football and playing basketball, and he loves his Blue Bell ice cream.

Dr. Rick Taylor

Dr. Rick Taylor Teaching Pastor

Rick has a strong passion for the Bible, and his authenticity and transparency bring power to his words, showing his deep heart for God. He and Judy, his wife of more than 40 years, have one daughter, Kelly, three sons, Kyle, who is with the Lord, Bryan and Eric, and nine grandchildren.

Rick is the author of The Anatomy of a Disciple: So Many Believers. So Few Disciples., When Life is Changed Forever (By the Death of Someone Near), co-author of Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart, with Dr. Stu Weber, and has both a Th.M. and D.Min degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Mike Slayden

Mike Slayden Teaching Pastor

After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, Mike Slayden decided to move from the Texas heat…to Fresno. He’s worn a number of hats during his tenure that began in 2004, but currently teaches the Bible two mornings a week to people who aren’t even awake yet. This does, of course, require a lot of coffee, and he loves his fancy schmancy French press – almost as much as he loves his bicycle.

Not just a pastor, Mike is also the founder of Off The Front, a local CBO that battles childhood obesity. If you ever see him with his wife and three daughters at one of his favorite restaurants, Famous Dave’s, check under his mashed potatoes. That’s where he hides his peas.

Dave Obwald

Dave Obwald Director of ReGeneration

Dave Obwald graduated with his Master’s Degree in Conflict and Peacemaking Studies from Fresno Pacific University and was the Residence Director at FPU for five years before coming on staff at The Well. Alongside his role as the Director of ReGeneration, he also serves as a mediator/conflict coach at The Well Counseling Center.

Dave has a passion for seeing people live out the gospel, as well as a love of sports, reading and hanging out with his three kids, Cohl, Kirra and Jenna. Dave met his wife Erin when they were in junior high, and they have been married since 1999.