I grew up here at Neighborhood Church and graduated from Chico State in 1992. My wife Linda and I were married here in the dome after college graduation and then we lived in southern California for almost seven years. During that season I worked at two different churches and earned my Masters of Divinity degree in December of 1997. We moved back to Chico in the spring of 1998 when I became the youth pastor. After ten years as youth pastor, and becoming 'Dad' to three children, I made the transition to an associate pastor and then Lead Pastor in 2010.
Favorite Places in Chico: Bidwell Park, Chipotle, Starbucks, Farmer's Market, The Tree Farm.
Hobbies: I love traveling, and enjoy photography. I am a very enthusiastic sports fan, committed to the SF Giants, California Golden Bears & Green Bay Packers. As a musician, I enjoy playing guitar and piano, and write music. I have recently been learning about woodworking.
Why I work at NC: I work at NC because I feel called as a son of this place to now be a father and leader in this season. I came back to Chico because I love this city and I want to make a difference in the lives of people.
I was raised in a Christian family but had an experience in college that solidified my faith as my own and led to me truly surrendering control to the Lord. Since then, I've been on a journey experiencing the abundant life Jesus came to give. After a season of traveling the world, I landed here in my hometown and in early 2002, married my husband Michael (with whom I have one son, Kaenan) and started my first of many roles on the NC staff.
Chico Favs: I love having a popsicle at Shuberts, the special sauce found at Burger Hut and enjoying a meal with friends on the patio at Tres Hombres.
Hobbies: Home remodeling, traveling, SCUBA diving, reading and dreaming about how to make my world more beautiful on Pinterest
Why I work at Neighborhood: I love watching people discover who the Lord has called them to be and then walking that out in community.
DIRECTOR OF CHICO CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL AND INFANT CENTER
I grew up in Southern California and was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and came to know Jesus when I was 11 years old. I attended Long Beach State majoring in Early Childhood Development and taught preschool at Chico Christian for over 20 years before taking on the position of Director in June 2015. I have been married to my wonderful husband David since 1986 and we have two great adult kids Rachael and James. I have a passion for sharing Jesus with children and families.
Favorite places in Chico: Downtown, 8th and Main antique store and Bidwell Park.
Hobbies: Home decorating, reading, and repurposing furniture
Why I work at Neighborhood: I love the opportunity to develop relationships with kids and families. Working at the Preschool provides me with the chance to pray, share the love of Christ and minister to people on a daily basis. I am blessed to call this my job.
NEIGHBORKIDS REG AND ACS ADMINISTRATOR
I was born and raised in this wonderful town of Chico, except for a couple of my younger years spent in Corning. I grew up going to Church with my Family and at the age of 8 we started attending Neighborhood church. I have grown to love our church and the families that attend here, and this is what drew me to work in NeighborKids. I started off as a Sunday school teacher shortly after high school and started doing childcare during the week. I am currently studying Microbiology at Chico State and hope to graduate in 2016.
Favorite places in Chico: Saturday Farmers Market, Pete's coffee, Broadway heights, Upper Bidwell Park
My hobbies: Crafting/making things, reading
HIGH SCHOOL PASTOR
I grew up living all over the country and exploring the rest of it. After an encounter with Jesus Christ in high school, I wanted my life to be evidence of God’s existence and His ability to change a life. My journey has taken me to foreign countries, led me to complete a two-year program at a Bible Institute in New York, and earn my BA in Theology/Youth Ministry in 2009 at the University of Sioux Falls. God has allowed me the privilege of journeying in life with young people and their families for over 13 years, which is a real passion of mine. In 2007, I married the incredible Rhonda (smartest thing I’ve ever done). Along the way, I gained two of the coolest kids ever! Finally, we landed in Chico in 2015 and have been embraced by our Neighborhood Family! We are loving it!
Chico Favs: Downtown, In-n-Out, Gordo Burrito, Upper Bidwell Park
Hobbies: Hiking and camping (the tent kind), anything outdoors, sports (watching/playing), legos, hanging out with my family.
Why I work at Neighborhood: I get to work here because God has clearly brought me to this place. Neighborhood is a place where my abilities and passions are encouraged, and where I get to walk alongside high-schoolers as God invades their space. I couldn’t imagine a better place to be (outside of heaven)!
I was born and raised in Chico and am the oldest of three boys. I attended Chico Christian Schools through 6th grade and from there to Champion Christian School where I graduation in 2001. I attended Butte College and Chico State for four and a half years before I took a sabbatical to pursue musical/sound production opportunities in the region. I had the opportunity to run production and backline for major christian artists and co-owned a backline business from2005-2010. My wife Katie and I were married in 2008 and together we lead worship on a regular basis at the church. My passion for worship stems from a desire to see lives in our church body transformed and renewed from encounters with God's manifest presence.
Favorite Places in Chico: In-n-Out Burger, Chipotle, Bidwell Park, Costco (I Love Costco!)
Hobbies: Giants Baseball, watching documentaries, reading, playing/recording/tracking/modifying anything music related!
Why I work at Neighborhood: It’s a joy and privilege to work in the same church I grew up in. I long to see my church family encounter God’s presence in musical worship every Sunday morning!
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER
After a fresh encounter with the Lord in 1995 my life radically changed. I was in executive management in LA and we located to Paradise where my family and I began a new path. I spent the next eight years working for a non-profit & was involved in all aspects of ministry through the church. In 2003 I was hit with a Neurological Disease which again changed our path. After four very challenging years & inability to work, I came to Neighborhood and was giving the opportunity to develop a strong HR department.
Favorite Places in Chico: Starbucks drive through on Esplanade, T-Bar, The Chico Mall lobby by Auntie Anne’s
Hobbies: People watching anywhere, movies, travel/anywhere
Why I work at Neighborhood: Neighborhood is a warm community where my physical challenges are not seen as obstacles. This is a place I can utilize my gifts daily, building relationships, problem solving and loving the staff.
JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH PASTOR
I am originally from Paradise, CA and was raised in the church. After a great deal of prompting from the Lord and others, I decided to move out of the area in 2002 to pursue God's call on my life in the direction of Youth Ministry. I eventually attended William Jessup University and graduated in 2007 with a double major in Youth Ministry & Bible Theology, while also being able to play soccer at a collegiate level.
Chico Favs: Hulas (anytime is a good time), Starbucks (excellent place to chat), Costco (free samples anyone?)
Hobbies: I really enjoy my exercise time: soccer/ weights/ running. Guitar playing, art drawings, movies.
Why I work at Neighborhood: I love watching Jr. High students discover who they are in Christ, and being able to use their gifts, talents and energy (which they have an abundance of) for the Lord. I am very excited to be living back in the area!
I was born in Mt View, CA, but moved to Chico at a young age. Although I lived outside of Chico for ten years as an adult, I have always claimed Chico to be my hometown. I am married to an amazing man, and together we have six children. We are a “Yours, Mine and Ours” type of family. We also claim a number of others in our family, even though they were not born to us. I love Jesus more than anything and find it pure JOY to serve him.
My favorite places in Chico: My family loves to eat at Italian Cottage, a long time favorite. I love our home, an older Chico house, and working around in the yard. And who doesn’t love Bidwell Park?
My Hobbies: I love to Repaint, restore and repurpose furniture. I also love to Worship!
Why I work at Neighborhood Church: I am so happy to be included in the Neighborhood Office Staff family. What an honor it is to work beside these amazing people taking care of God’s house and His people.
Pastor of Cristo Salva
My parents settled in Chico shortly after the end of World War II. My father was a fighter pilot in the Pacific theater. They built a home where they raised me along with my four sisters and three brothers. My siblings are now scattered around the world. Although I grew up in a religious family, I did not have an encounter with Christ until I was twenty. I married the cutest woman I could find 39 years ago! We have two amazing grown children, two grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy living life by grace!
Favorite places in Chico: First of all, home. That’s a place of peace! We love to walk the trails around the lakes and ponds in California Park.
Hobbies: Time spent relaxing with my wife, walking, talking, and spending time with our family.
Why I work at Neighborhood Church: I work at Neighborhood Church/CCS because this is where God has placed me. I enjoy serving God’s people.
Sue is a newcomer to Chico but not to children's ministry. She has over thirty years of experience and completed certified studies in pastoral care and has a second certification in children's and youth ministries. She is a mother and grandmother and considers motherhood to be one of her greatest privileges ever. She passionately desires to cultivate children's spiritual foundations and God-given destinies.
Favorite places: Neighborhood Church! It is the place I feel most at home. Close second is Nobbies. Best burgers ever!
Hobbies: hiking, reading (especially mysteries and Dickens novels) and Pinterest.
Facilities and Maintenance
I was born and raised in the Bay area and moved to Paradise in 1974. I have been employed at Neighborhood Church in the maintenance department since 2002. Prior to this, I worked forty-one years for the telephone company.
Interesting Facts: I have built five houses. I enjoy doing small handyman jobs. I play on an "over 65" traveling softball team.
NEIGHBORKIDS early childhood COORDINATOR
I was raised in Southern California until I was 14 when my family moved to the small town of Sheridan. I lived there until I moved to Chico in 1986. This town is where I met and married my husband, and started our family. We came to Neighborhood Church in 1990, and truly consider this our "home". I earned an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Sierra Jr. College, and my BA Degree in Child Development from CSUC. I have been involved with the Women's Ministries, Small Group Bible Studies.
Favorite Places: Cal Java on Mangrove, the movies, Whole Body Fitness and home.
Favorite Hobbies: Reading, hanging with friends, listening to Worship/Praise music
Why I work at Neighborhood Church: I work at Neighborhood Church first and foremost because God set this job before me! I love to work with children and have discovered I like to learn new things and am learning to be stretched, which happens on a daily basis. God is good!!!
Raised in an atheist home in southern California, I’d have made a good candidate for the "least likely to end up in ministry" award. Through the influence of another guy on my wrestling team, though, I came to know Christ my first year in college and soon sensed a call to vocational ministry. I met my future wife, Lynn, a year later. We wed, moved to Chico in 1985 and have raised our four kids here. These days, when not at church, I can normally be found finishing up a PhD dissertation in theology.
Favorite places in Chico: Lower Bidwell Park, Downtown, Forrest Ave. Starbucks
Favorite hobbies: Hanging out with family and friends, Reading, Traveling, Wrestling
Why I work at Neighborhood Church: Actually, I applied for a position at the Methodist church, but they wouldn’t take me.
CCPS AND INFANT CENTER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
I was hired at the beginning of 2014. The Lord graciously provided for me with the position here and I am very thankful for the chance to work in an environment surrounded by followers of Christ and so blessed to be so well spiritually cared for and supported. Of course the best perk of the job is having my son right down the hall from my office in his classroom.
I have lived in Northern California all my life and I have been in Chico all my adult life. I grew up in a town that I did not enjoy very much so I am very blessed to be in a place I am happy to call home. I have a wonderful little boy who brings joy and laughter to my life every day. He is a constant reminder of God's goodness to me.
I enjoy exploring Bidwell Park with my son and my two dogs, spending quality time with friends and family and a great cup of coffee. I love photography and being surrounded by nature.