Meet Our Staff

  • John Sievering

    Senior Pastor


    • Why Ministry? I believe that local churches are flawed, imperfect organizations filled with flawed, imperfect people. However, I also believe they are the last, best hope for chance in the world. At its best, the church has fed the hungry, healed the sick, befriended the friendless, shared wholeness in a badly fragmented age, and witnessed to God's Kingdom breaking into the world. I want to spend my life helping the church to be everything God intends for it.
    • Little Known Fact: I once impersonated Justin Timberlake for a church camp talent show. Yes, it's part of my history. No, I'm not proud of it.
    • Hobby: I love hanging out with my family! We like to watch movies, visit the zoo, and have spontaneous dance parties in our basement. I love learning, so I read a lot. Science fiction, history, theology, psychology, philosophy; I like it all! I also love sports. I like to watch football and baseball and over the past few years I've spent a lot of time obstacle course racing and playing rugby. 
    • Favorite Bible Verse: Asking for my favorite Bible verse is like asking about my favorite surgery! God's word is always working on me and leading me to know and follow God better.

            One passage that has continued to do do that work in me is                 Philippians 2:5-8: "Let the same mind be in you that was in                   Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not               regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but                 emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human         likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself             and become obedient to the point of death- even death on a               cross."

            Even God voluntarily accepted humiliation and death. He told us         that this should be our model to follow Him. That's brutal! I'm             still working that out in my life, and I suspect I will for a long time         to come. See what I mean about surgery?

  • Scott Jones

    Family Pastor


    • Why Ministry? At age 15, I lost my Dad to suicide. This tragic incident in my life left me with many questions. Why God? Why do this to a Christian teenager? Why cause all this pain and hurt? Yes, through these tough questions, I saw God working and showing me the love He pours out, even in my suffering and hurt. Sometimes our lives get interrupted with unplanned things, but with God nothing is impossible to get through. His love and grace will be sufficient, and he will bless and use us if we allow Him to.
    • Little Known Fact: I drove a local dirt track race car in 1st gear and blew the motor up right in front of the grandstands. 
    • Education: B.A. Theology/Philosophy-University of Sioux Falls, M.A. Divinity- Sioux Falls Seminary
    • Hobby: NASCAR, local dirt track racing, bowling and outdoors (camping, hiking, etc.)
    • Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 
  • Marilyn McBride

    Office Administrator


    • Little Known Fact: I love interacting with people!
    • Education: I graduated from Metropolitan Community Colleges GED program back in 2002. Currently working on my associates degree in Early Childhood Education.  
    • Hobby: I enjoy spending time with my family and singing karaoke.
    • Favorite Bible Verse: James 1:2-4 " My brother and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing
  • Serina Castaneda


    • Little Known Fact: I was born in Fremont California where my Dad, Grandfather and uncle were race car drivers.
    • Education: I went to Vacaville High School in California. I had to take a break when I had my daughter, but went back when she was 6 months old.
    • Hobby: I enjoy going to the movies and hanging out with my family.
    • Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 50:1"The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets." 
  • Patty DeFrancesco


    Little Known Fact: I went to 9 different High Schools.

    Education: Studied Music & Psychology- University of Missouri

    Hobby: Animals and writing poetry

    Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing; In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ for you."