As the lead pastor of Escondido Christian Center, Pastor Joel has been our superintendent since 1999. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and has done master's level work in pastoral studies and leadership through Azusa Pacific University. His own children attended our school and have taken an active role in ministry alongside him and his lovely wife, Kathie. Our teachers are blessed by Pastor Joel's messages in our devotional time in the morning. The students enjoy his visits to chapel services. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking and competing in triathlons. His favorite Bible passage is Romans chapters 6 through 8.
Mrs. Christine Filipovich
Mrs. Filipovich holds an MBA in Management and Strategy, a Master of Education in Instructional Design, as well as a K-8 state teaching credential. Her duties include finances, human resources, admissions and marketing, as well as oversight of the preschool, infant-toddler, and summer programs. She also enjoys serving as the PTF Coordinating Committee liaison. She has been on staff at ECS in various capacities since 2006. Mrs. Filipovich has been married for 22 years and her three sons have all attended ECS. One is now serving as a missionary in the South Pacific, one is a math major at a Christian university in Tennessee, and her 15 year old is still at home. Mrs. Filipovich enjoys reading and traveling with her family. Her favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Mr. Matt Conway
Mr. Conway is our K-12 Principal. He was born and raised in Escondido and he graduated from Orange Glen High in 1994. He holds a BA in history from Biola University. Matt was called by God to serve in full-time ministry and prepared for this calling by attending seminary. He graduated from Talbot School of Theology with an MA in Theology. Mr. Conway has served as a youth pastor and missionary. He has taught middle school and high school for eight years, including working with AVID. He has been at Escondido Christian for 5 years. Past experience includes teaching middle school Bible, Spanish, geography, and U.S. history as well as pioneering our high school in its inaugural year. Mr. Conway's heart's desire is to equip students with the skills to defend their faith in Christ in a humble and gentle manner while living in a world that is increasingly hostile to Christ. Matt has been married to his amazing wife Jenni for 16 years and has four kids, all of whom have attended our school. He enjoys disc golf, cooking, ocean kayaking, baseball, Mexican food and all things chocolate/peanut butter.
Mrs. Canady came to us in 2013 from Indiana, where she was certified as a school counselor. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in School Counseling. She oversees our schoolwide assessments and facilitates referrals for academic assistance. She also helps the high school students with college and career direction. Kate also works weekly with individual students who have been referred for one-on-one counseling services. Please email her to inquire about beginning counseling services with your child. She is married and has two young sons who attend ECS. Mrs. Canady enjoys spending time with family, hiking, craft projects, and baking. Her favorite Bible passage is Psalm 27:14.
Mrs. Linda Wycinsky
Mrs. Wycinsky has been at ECS since 1987. She has seen many changes through the years and is proud to be of service to our families. Her two daughters attended ECS from preschool thru 8th grade. Now her three grandchildren are currently attending ECS. She feels blessed to see the generational impact our school has had on her family.
Mrs. Dawn Swazey
Student Services Coordinator
Mrs. Swazey has been on staff at ECS since 2011 and has quickly moved into a variety of positions. She is excited to be our new Student Services Coordinator. Previously she was our Librarian, she was an aide in second grade, was in a leadership position with Moms In Prayer, and has taught art and Junior High P.E. Her two sons Luke and Hunter are ECS students and her husband Jason is our WatchDOGS “Top Dog.” Dawn’s hobbies include reading, traveling, and being a soccer mom.
Mrs. Chris Grissom
Chris has worked here since 1992. All 3 of her children attended ECS and did wonderfully.