Meet our Pastors, Staff and Leadership Board

Pastors & Staff

Hal Seed

Lead Pastor
In 1992, God called Hal and his family to Oceanside, California to plant New Song Community Church. For the past 28+ years, Hal has served as the Lead Pastor, teaching, shepherding, and leading New Song’s staff and congregation. Hal’s educational background includes a Master’s of Divinity from Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado and a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Susan Bogus

PromiseLand (Kids) Director
Susan joined New Song in 1998 and began volunteering in PromiseLand, our children’s ministry, that same year. She has served in rooms from birth through 5th grade. Susan joined our staff in 2001 as a room leader in preschool and later went on to elementary where she led our Scream Team and large group environment. In 2016, Susan became our PromiseLand Director.

Mark Kuhn

Cyrus Greene

Executive Pastor / Campus Pastor, Carlsbad
Mark joined New Song in 1999 and is currently the Executive Pastor. He also heads up Pastoral Care, and is a member of the New Song Leadership Board, of which he was the Board Chairman from 2004 to 2011. Mark was licensed as a pastor in 2005 and has a combined 45 years of government service as a Marine and civil servant. Mark and his wife Carol reside in Oceanside, California.

Mike Mason

Associate Pastor of NextGen Ministries
 Mike is a NextGen ministry "lifer", committed to serving students and young adults with a sense of fun and urgency. He enjoys mentoring students and volunteer teams, and nothing brings him more happiness than to see a young person progress from unbeliever to a potential youth minister. Mike's educational background includes a Master's degree from Gateway Seminary and a PhD from Biola University. He lives in Oceanside with his rescue dog Luna.
Facilities Director / Next-Door Pastor
Cyrus and his three children live in Oceanside. He’s been with the New Song family since 2003 and has taken on the role of Facilities Director as well as being our Next-Door Pastor of outreach since 2011.

Christian Howard

Director of NextGen Ministries
 Christian is what you consider a NextGen ministry veteran! He's been apart of the youth ministry as a leader since May 2009. Started attending New Song in June 2008. He's committed to serving students and now young adults. He's been a leader of the Young Adult ministry for a couple years now, but has been involved since he got out of high school. With his high energy and determination, he wants to see growth in both ministries, as they evolve from "I attend" to "I help lead". He strives to help develop their gifts that God gave them.

Nancy Prato

Dr. Cynthia Standley

Front Desk Supervisor
Director of Women’s Ministries
Before coming on staff in 2012 Nancy and her husband Mike served as pastors in the Vineyard movement in Bend, Oregon and Grandview, Washington. She can often be seen at the front desk ministering in prayer and prophetic words to anyone in need.
Dr. Cynthia has been a member of New Song and a former member of our leadership board. In her time at New Song, Cynthia has been a constant performer on our drama team. Her children have grown through our kids and youth ministries and her husband, Lee, serves on the tech team. Cynthia is a professor at CSUSM and became the Women's Director in March 2022.

Dee Schrey

Executive Assistant
Dee and her husband became members of New Song Church in 2000. They’ve been volunteers in several ministries and Dee is currently a Bible study leader. She joined the staff in 2019 as the Executive Assistant to lead pastor Dr. Hal Seed.

Scott Bayer

Life Groups & Young Families Pastor
Scott joined the New Song staff in 2021. Before his time in ministry, Scott joined New Song in 2008 and served in Mosaic while deploying three times as an Active Duty Marine. In 2013, he left California to pursue his Masters of Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton Graduate School. He returned to California in 2016 to pursue PhD Studies in the Old Testament. He is a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Debbie Waller

Executive Assistant & Human Resource Director
Debbie and her husband, David, began attending New Song in February of 2016.  That same year, she began serving in PromiseLand 2’s Class as a teacher and room lead.  Debbie came on staff in June 2018 as Mark Kuhn’s Executive Assistant and Life Group Coordinator.  She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, scuba diving and traveling.

Leadership Board

Hal Seed

Chuck Donalson

Michelle Tressler

Pat Kimbrel

Gloria Simon

Rusty Elston

Mark Kuhn