Frequently Asked Questions



What is the dress code?

There is no official dress code. Most people dress casual often in denim jeans or similar. Unless there is a special occasion like a baptism or wedding you rarely see a sport coat or tie. Women will sometimes wear dresses but usually casual with a style that is modest. We are much more concerned about what’s going on inside of a person, than what clothes they wear on the outside. Our pastors are usually in jeans. Feel free to come as you are.


We don't own a pipe organ. Our live band usually consists of guitars, drums, and keys. We try to sing songs that are deep in meaning, but easy to understand. To hear our typical music from our Sunday Morning Worship Service please click the link below.

Click Here to listen to the Ranch Worship Album.

Do my kids sit with me?

When you arrive you drop off your kids to our Children's Ministry Team who directs them to their specific classes. High School Students have "LIFE268" during our 9:30 service only. Our experienced and energetic teachers will help your children & students learn about God in a relevant way, as well as offer fun experiences that will help the teaching come alive in their hearts.

Will I be asked to give money?

If this is your first time with us we want you to keep your wallet in your pocket. Just come and experience a service at The Ranch Church. If you like it and want to call it your church home, then we believe giving to God and His church is part of being a Christ-follower. It is also a principal and act of obedience that God faithfully blesses.

We sure hope not. A life connected to Jesus should be fulfilling and rewarding. We strategically plan weekend gatherings to engage your heart, mind and soul. We use music, video, powerful real-life teaching and other experiential elements to help you connect to God in a meaningful way.

will I be bored?

What is the overall environment like?

We want to make you feel welcome as you put yourself in a position to connect and have a life changing encounter with God. We provide a loving, non judgemental, real-life casual environment that will set the tone for you to be more focused on God, and less concerned about the atmosphere around you. Our heart is that you feel connected and welcomed into a community of people living to please God.

We meet in the gym at the Los Olivos Elementary School, so as much as it is a mobile church, it is home. We might be a mobile church, but we want you to feel at home. We provide coffee and pastries only to add to your new home experience.

Who is your staff?


Rick Soto

Senior Pastor


Rick Soto was born in Arecibo Puerto Rico to Puerto Rican parents. Raised in Los Angeles, he attended and graduated from Catholic schools.

During his senior year at San Diego State University he had a sudden and radical encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, and afterward was never the same. He left early business opportunities behind and engaged in full time ministry as a newer believer.

A number of years were spent in college ministry, traveling to many places all over the world to preach the gospel, including the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. It was during this time that Rick and Jane fell in love and were married. After some time Rick landed on the staff of Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, and then saw the Lord open doors to plant The Ranch Church.

He can sometimes be seen running through a local valley trail, and is often found at the gym. Rick and Jane have four treasured sons.  


Jeff Clay

Associate pastor


Jeff was born in 1961 and raised in Fullerton Ca. Jeff grew up in an environment that was anything but Christian and felt the sting of a broken household.

Jeff married his high school girlfriend and love of his life, Robyn, in 1985. They bought a house in Yorba Linda Ca and started a family which eventually resulted in 3 beautiful children. Vowing never to repeat the mistake his parents had made, he sought to never let his marriage end in divorce.

About that time a man at Jeff's work place had been sharing about his relationship with Jesus Christ which "supposedly" changed his life. That morning  Jeff had a spiritual experience which resulted with the interior of his car "lighting up" on the Newport freeway at 4 in the morning while driving to work and asked Christ into his life.   


Justin Jacobs

Worship Pastor


Justin Jacobs is our Worship Director at The Ranch Church and oversees not only worship, but our sound and media departments as well. God has used Justin in conference and main stream events worldwide and has opened up doors for him to meet and work with individuals such as John Bevere, Pat Sparrow, Tommy Tenney, Jack Hayford, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Barlow Girl, and so many more. He has led worship and spoke at worship conferences, youth retreats, prophetic conferences, healing services, college campuses, unity gatherings, national day of prayer events, and churches all over. Justin joined our TRC team in 2012 and now resides with his family in the Santa Ynez Valley and continues to speak and lead worship at different churches and conferences worldwide. In October of 2005 he married his amazing wife Katie Sparrow, and the two have joined on their journey to begin a fresh revival within the hearts of God’s people through worship, teaching and a stream of new resources to light a passion to change the world for God’s glory. With a heart for worship and a passion for expressing the hope and greatness of God, Justin and Katie's ministry continues to bless and ignite the hearts of people and churches all over.



Director of Administration


Leslie is our Special Projects and Ministry Coordinator.  Coming to the Ranch Church in 2011 with her family and finding a "home" has been one of God's  greatest blessings. God placed a special calling on her life in 2012 and  Leslie has been on staff at TRC since January of 2015, after a prior career in the insurance industry.  Using her prior training and gifts, love of people and joy in serving,  Leslie focuses on connecting TRC members and newcomers with various ministries from Church Development and Partnership Groups to College and Women's Ministries.   

Leslie and her husband, Jeff, have been married since 1989, love living in the Santa Ynez Valley and have one college-age daughter,  Katie.