Leadership and Staff

Executive Pastor

Rev. Dr. James "Anthony" Boger

Rev. Dr. James Anthony Boger, most affectionately known as Pastor Anthony has earned a doctorate degree in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Organizational Change Management, a Master of Divinity, with a concentration in non-profit organizational management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Business Administration.

Pastor Anthony is a well-known practitioner of multicultural, cross-cultural, and multigenerational ministry. He became lead pastor in 2022 and is helping New Beginnings church  walk intentionally in the fullness of Christ example of love and acceptance in our community.  

Pastor Anthony is married to his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Elizabeth Washington-Boger, Esq. Their testimony is unigue and powerful as they share life together and affirming that God is gracious, merciful and good.

Rafael Deras

Hispanic ministries Pastor

Pastor Rafael has a history of being a church planter and facilitator in Hispanic theological schools. Pastor Rafael has lived in Southern California for the past 42 years and has pastored multicultural Hispanic communities in Southern California. He has also served in interfaith organizations helping to train leaders for ministry. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.

Pastor Rafael has been with Nuevos Comienzos since its founding in 2018. In addition to leading our Spanish ministries in all of our fields, he currently preaches in our West Campus on Sundays and also leads weekly worship services at our food and clothing distributions in our West Campus and Downtown Campus every Thursday.  

Rev. Alex Powell

Pastor of Family Ministries

Pastor Alex Powell is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He graduated from Duke Divinity School with a Master of Divinity. He has been the pastor of New Beginnings since 2019. He recently transitioned his role to focus on family ministries and oversees children's ministries, youth ministries, and all family ministries, including our worship experiences at Jam and Messy Church.

He has a family of his own with his wife, Kari, and 3 smart, strong-willed, intelligent girls.

Josie Carino

Preschool Director

Josie was a Preschool Director in Fontana for 18 years, before coming to help New Beginnings re-launch our preschool after the pandemic and officially launching in November of 2022. Josie is a mom to 4 boys (now all out of the house).  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Major in ECE from Philippine Christian University.  She more  recently gained her Early Childhood Administrative and Leadership certificate through CSUSB.  She loves her job and hopes to meet your children as they bring so much joy to her heart!

Gail Apt

Administrative Assistant 

Gail has been with New Beginnings UMC since we started in July 2018 as an administrative assistant. Gail makes everything work at the church. Some of her responsibilities include maintaining general facility and program usage schedules, maintaining attendance and membership records, and generally making sure everyone knows what they need to know and is where they need to be. Gail answers our church phone Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to  noon and is the person who has the answers to all your questions. She hopes to be able to talk to you soon. 


Josh Platon
Communications and Tech team
Joyce Caraway
Oscar Guillen
Facility Manager and Tech team
Laury Wentworth
Derrick McCullough

Lay Leadership

Liz Roark
Church Council Chair
Katrina Turturro
Chair of Preschool Board 
June Mckenzie
Chair of Trustees
Vic DeMagno
Chair of Finance
Leah Paule
Chair of SPRC
Mildred Mann