Artisan Christian Church
Artisan is a back-to-basics, Family Integrated Church (FIC) that desires to equip believers to have a passionate relationship with God that results in an action-based, tangible faith. Artisan takes its roots from the early church found in the book of Acts while employing contemporary facets (simply as tools). We focus on Christ, and encourage one another in the faith. We invest in our family, the community, the church, and the workplace. Artisan is God-focused first, through His son Jesus Christ, empowered by His Holy Spirit, and people-focused second.
An Artisan is a skilled craftsman who make things by hand. Our church name “Artisan” is based on the scripture Ephesians 2:10 that says “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This is a wonderful picture of how we have been uniquely created by a loving God for a specific purpose. The Bible also tells us that we are to be his hands, a representative of Christ in a world that desperately needs His touch. Artisan wants to reflect that we have been made on purpose for a purpose.
Pastor Adrian & Dr. Lisa Dunne
Artisan is led by Pastor Adrian & Dr. Lisa Dunne, and greatly influenced by their heart for their two children, Ethan and Cymone. Artisan was born out of a desire to offer family discipleship and practical, servant-oriented Christianity. Adrian and Lisa have a heart to see individuals find purpose and meaning in their walk with Christ, walking in healthy relationship with one another in the body of Christ. The Ephesians model of being God’s workmanship is especially poignant for both Adrian and Lisa, as they both spent their formative years in non-Christian homes, wandering without purpose, hope, or destiny until they both came to Christ in college. Only then did they begin to understand that God had wired them for relationship and that he had a purpose and plan for their lives.
Adrian Dunne, Lead Pastor
Adrian was born and raised in Wakefield, England, where he received his undergraduate degree in music from the London Guildhall School of Music. He moved to Florida at age 20 to marry his long-distance American sweetheart Lisa. Adrian’s first experience with church in America was a home group meeting in Gainesville, Florida. In the small group setting, he learned to give, to grow, to love, to be loved, and to use the gifts he had been given to serve others. Now, after 20 years of marriage and ministry together, Adrian and Lisa desire to bring that same small group model to Artisan, providing an arena for intentional relationships that transform culture and change lives. Adrian and Lisa served on staff at The Rock of Gainesville and worked in a variety of ministries within the church, including youth ministry, worship leadership, theater, and small group leadership. In 1991, they met Francis Anfuso and, over the years, began to feel a call to move from Florida to California to be part of Anfuso’s work. In 2001, Adrian and Lisa moved to California to serve in Anfuso’s church, The Rock of Roseville, where they served in worship leadership and small group discipleship. In 2004, Adrian and Lisa went out with The Rock’s of Roseville’s second church plant, The Rock of Rocklin, which was later renamed Mosaic Christian Church. Adrian was the Associate Pastor of Mosaic Christian Church for 7 years, serving in leadership development, organizational structuring, eldership, preaching, coaching, worship leadership, and overseeing small group ministries. Adrian remains relationally connected to many pastors in the greater Sacramento area, from Elk Grove to Grass Valley, and he desires to see churches work together for the Kingdom. He has a passion for the arts, for supporting and equipping men as dads and leaders, and for building transformative, intentional relationships that help Christians fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments.
Dr. Lisa Dunne, Pastoral Support
Dr. Lisa Dunne is a lifelong educator with a heart for inspiring and challenging the next generation to reach their full potential in Christ. Lisa holds a Ph.D in human development and a Master’s degree in communication. She has served as an educator at the high school, college, and university levels for 17 years, teaching courses such as developmental psychology, marriage and family, and interpersonal communication. She is the interim chair of the communication depart at San Diego Christian College and also oversees a number of K-12 non-profit homeschool support academies. Lisa has authored several books and is currently writing a text on intergenerational learning communities. She speaks regularly at conferences and fundraisers, and occasionally at church. It is Lisa’s great hope and joy to see the people of Artisan reach people in creative and unique ways that honor God and honor the diverse gifts He has placed within the hearts and minds of his children.
Artisan was commissioned in 2012, and is covered both spiritually and relationally by the apostle of The Rock of Gainesville’s ministry, Pastor George Brantley, who has birthed and discipled many powerful and transformative churches around the world over the last 25 years. Artisan believes in relational discipleship, in personal transformation, in family ministry, and in co-laboring for Christ in relationship with other area churches. We desire to see God’s kingdom reflected here on earth through the beautiful artistry of each of His unique children.