Meet the Team
Jeremy Tullis Kids Director
Jeremy Tullis loves adventure, and he believes the greatest adventure anybody can ever embark on is their relationship with Jesus. He desires to guide parents in their God-ordained role of discipling their kids in a deeper relationship with their Creator, and brings a passion to see the next generation fall in love with Jesus.
Jeremy married his wife Julie in 2000 and they have three kids: Hailey, their oldest, with a larger-than-life personality; Tyler, the middle guy, who can build anything and is an epic mountain biker; and Mady, their youngest, who is a self-proclaimed "talk-a lot-girl." When they are not loading up their Xterra for a family adventure somewhere off the grid, you might find Jeremy standing on top of one of the tallest mountains, racing with the FCA Endurance triathlon team, scaling the side of a rock wall, bombing down a trail on his bike or braving storms in the backcountry of the Sierras.
Julie DeRaffaele North Campus Preschool Director
Julie DeRaffaele was born and raised right here in the San Joaquin Valley. The church played a very close role in her childhood – literally – as in she actually lived on her church’s property and her parents still do. Growing up with Christ as a focus in the home planted the seeds of her faith, which then grew into her own personal walk with Him.
Married in 2005, Julie and her husband have three children who are very active in sports, youth ministry and school activities. Julie has been a leader in all age groups, worked as an early childhood director, and has served as a high school leader at The Well for years. She especially finds joy in pouring herself into preschool ministry and teaching the kids how much Jesus loves them. When she isn’t juggling practices, games and her family, you can find her at the lake or hanging out with friends.
Emily Pittenger Fig Garden Campus Preschool Director
Emily Pittenger is a middle child to a family of six and the shortest in her family. This taught her to value family time and also how to take a joke. She spends most days eating street tacos and Ampersand ice cream, taking her laundry to her parents’ house or camping with her closest friends.
Emily got her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, and is passionate about supporting families and child development. If she could be anyone in the world, she would be Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus and have fun all day teaching kids through play.