Staff

JIM DURAN | Executive Director

Jim Duran was born and raised in Ventura and has a passion for this city. Jim currently serves as the Lead Pastor of The River Community Church in Ventura, a ministry his team began in 2004. Jim has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Channel Islands Bible College & Seminary.

In 2014, The Ventura Family YMCA presented Jim The Golden Triangle Award, one of its most prestige’s honors. In 2010, The California Assisted Living Association selected Jim as “Executive Director of the Year”. He was honored with the 2010 “Hometown Hero” award for the city of Ventura, and in 2009, Jim was selected as Ventura’s Citizen of the year by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.

Jim and Pam have been married for over 25 years and have six children, a daughter-in-law and a brand new grandchild. Jim’s passion is to serve the community and to be a blessing to his neighbors.


DALE & PATTI DOWNS | On-Site Managers

Dale and Patti have just celebrated fifty years of marriage and forty-nine years of public ministry. Dale and Patti have four married adult children and four grandchildren. During their 49 years of ministry they have been Youth Pastors, Assisting Pastors and Senior Pastors in the Foursquare Denomination.
They have also served as missionaries in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and lastly in Brazil where they taught in the Instituto Teologico Quadrangular, as well as, National Supervisors. In 2011 they were invited to return to Brazil and serve in the area of Pastoral Care for Pastors and leaders, returning stateside in Aug. of 2016. At that juncture they were privileged to receive funding for training in Life Coaching and were certified with Creative Results Management. Patti has since served with the NEAD as care coordinator for the Brazilian Pastors wives and women pastors in the US Portuguese-speaking church. During their ministry career they served as pastors in Ventura, CA; Glendale, CA; Decatur, IL; Indio, CA; and Brockton, MA.

At this time in their lives the Lord has graciously opened a new door of care-ministry within the framework of The City Center, in Ventura, CA.  Dale and Patti feel blessed to be available, and experienced, in the area of giving pastoral care. It is their desire to walk along side the residents of The City Center and offer spiritual guidance and soul care, under Pastor Jim’s direction.


PAMELA EVANS | Case Manager

Pamela Evans is a caseworker for the clients of City Center. She is excited to partner with families as they learn to depend on Jesus for their restoration. Her passion is that every child would have Jesus in their life and that parents would be the primary lead for sharing the gospel with their children.  She has been involved in Home Daycare, Foster-care, and Children’s Ministry. She is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Ventura First Assembly of God. She is currently a student in The School of Ministry and will be receiving her pastoral credentials within a few months.

Pamela has been married to Timm Evans for 25 years. They have three grown daughters- Jessica, Megan, and Amber and one amazing grandson Nathaniel-Ruben.


BARBARA SUGGS  |  Case Manager

Four years ago Barbara resigned her post at The City Center, (then known as The Kingdom Center, where she served as Mentor Coordinator), to complete her studies in Clinical Psychology and pursue becoming a therapist. Now she comes full circle as she returns to do case management for residents during this time of staff transitions.
Her background contains 10 years of experience as a licensed minister and Christian Education director at Ventura First Assembly, followed by 25 years as a missionary in Colombia and Southern California. It was during her final years as a missionary that she joined the Kingdom Center startup team and developed the mentoring program that is such an essential part of the success of the City Center today.
Barbara came to Ventura as a single mom with three children, so has walked the path of many City Center residents. Her two sons, Greg and Jeff, are now with the Lord, having had their lives shortened by bad choices in their younger days. Her daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Harold Powell, and their children (her only and favorite granddaughter Lauren and grandson Cooper), are the light of her life, only surpassed by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Barbara is one of the interim case managers for The City Center Transitional Living.

Diana Wightman

DIANA WIGHTMAN |  MA, MFT

Diana Wightman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in anxiety treatment and family reunification. For more than eight years she has worked with Ventura-area families transitioning out of homelessness, through Tender Life Maternity Home, Project Understanding’s Transitional Living Facility, the City Center and RAIN Transitional Living Center. She is currently the Assistant Clinical Director for Family, Hope and Recovery, Inc., which provides counseling services to the families at RAIN. In her private practice her primary focus is on children dealing with trauma and behavior issues.  Diana leads classes and workshops on anxiety and personality disorders at the Camarillo Health Care District. Prior to earning her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Diana received a BA in Journalism from Syracuse University and spent more than a decade as a television anchor and medical news reporter. She’s been active with the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and has enjoyed many years of community service through Rotary International.


Rick & Cheri Carney

RICK & CHERI CARNEY |  Mentor Coordinators

We both grew up in Ventura and went to school in Ventura since elementary school. That was when Two Trees was still Five Trees! We were married on July 4th, 1975 and have three sons, Morgan, Matthew, and Mason. We also have three wonderful grandchildren.

We love the Lord and are looking forward to serving Him and doing Kingdom Work here at the City Center. Please pray with us for this ministry!


Mariane Dibblee

MARIANE DIBBLEE  | Bookkeeper

Mariane Dibblee is the Full Charge Bookkeeper for the City Center since June of 2014.  She has been a freelance Bookkeeper for 20 years to businesses and individuals in Ventura.  She hails from Virginia and as a Navy “brat” was born in Fontainebleau, France.  Mariane was gifted with a voice and a love for music.  She majored in Music Performance/Theatre Arts at Greensboro College in North Carolina followed by a lifetime of singing in church choirs, community chorales, and performing in numerous community theatre productions.  After raising her children, Mariane went back to school and earned a Certificate of Accounting at Ventura College and a PHR (Professional Human Resources) from Channel Islands University.

Mariane is married to Steve, a commercial photographer, and they have two grown children: Matthew is active duty in the US Navy and is currently stationed in Naples, Italy; Sara is married and gave birth to her first child last Christmas day.

Working at the City Center is a real blessing to Mariane.  She serves the Lord through her passion for accounting and finance.  When she is not doing books somewhere, she and Steve enjoy taking their Motorhome out on the open road…. And you can bet that she’s singing to the radio!


DARRYL DUNN  |  CASE MANAGER

Darryl has been a resident of Ventura County for over thirty years. He is a former Army Staff Sergeant and worked for law enforcement for twenty-two years. He received his pastor’s license twelve years ago and has been a part of a church in Ventura where he was responsible for premarital counseling and counseling high school and college age youth, adults, and married couples. He was a musician on the worship team for nineteen years, led a men’s Bible study and a couple’s Bible study.
He has been a guest speaker for other churches in Ventura County. He is a motivational speaker for the American Cancer Society and an advocate for amputees. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Public Access TV and is on the National Board for Anti-Bullying. He stays in shape by spending time at the gym. He enjoys working with the community, the less fortunate, and leading people to Christ. He practices martial arts and enjoys listening to music.  Darrel is now one of our three case managers at The City Center Transitional Living.