Paul Bernard - Lead Pastor/ElderI have been the Pastor of Student Ministries here at Lake Almanor Community Church since 2006. Recently I stepped in to fill the position of Lead Pastor, an honor I feel unworthy of. Currently, I am still serve as the Pastor of Student Ministries until we find a replacement.I have been married to my wife Carol for 18 years, and we have a beautiful 5 year old daughter named Samantha. She is the highlight of our days. Student ministry has been such a blessing to me over the past 8 years, and my heart remains with so many students I have had the honor of serving. However, I am excited to see how God will continue to challenge & grow my family and I in this new role. Please pray that we would be a moldable and honorable vessels in His hands.
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Phone: 530-596-3683 x104
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John Erickson - Elder/Worship Pastor
Born in Los Angeles, California, in August, 1960 , John was raised in a Spokane, Washington in a Christian home. His musical training started at age 6 with involvement in the Salvation Army brass band.
In 1969, he committed his life to following and serving Jesus. During his Junior and High School years John sang in multiple choirs and began playing rhythm guitar.
John met his lovely wife Debra while serving at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as a teacher of Advanced Electronics. After leaving the Navy in 1993 John served as the full-time Associate/Worship Pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Vacaville, CA. During that time he graduated from Pacific Union College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Leadership. In April of 2000, he was called to Lake Almanor Community Church as the Associate/Worship Pastor. John and Debra have two children Virginia, 20, and Benjamin, 17.
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Matt Jensen - Elder/Pastor of Christian Education
MATT JENSEN: I was born and raised in Lancaster California. By the grace of God, I grew up going to church because my mom took me (sometimes against my will). God opened my eyes to the gospel sometime around Junior High. Due to the collective efforts of my mom, Sunday school teachers, and preachers at church I was awakened and responded in faith by asking for forgiveness and trusting Christ for salvation. I experienced the gospel that is the power of God for salvation for all who believe (Romans 1:16).I began serving in youth group when I was about 15 and this led to full time ministry as a youth pastor after college.
Marlo & I were married in 1993 and then served in Youth Ministry together for about 14-15 years (11 of these here at LACC). We became members of Lake Almanor Community Church in 1995. Along the way we had two awesome children, Mikala (16) and Nicolas (14). We just recently returned from about 7 1/2 years in Ecuador where we served at Youth World as some of LACC's missionaries. We are glad to be back home and would love to serve the church in any way we can. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Mark Vatcher- Elder Chair
My name is Mark Vatcher.
In 1982 while on duty as an arson investigator I felt compelled to attend a local church and made the single toughest decision of my life.
I could feel the enemy pulling me away from answering the alter call given by the pastor, telling me all the reasons I should not answer--but the Holy Spirit was stronger.
I am saved through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are too many stories of how I have felt His protecting hand on my personal and professional decisions over the next years to mention here.
After retiring in 2005 my wife and I served in that Calvary Chapel for 7 years before making our decision to move to Lake Almanor full time.
We are grateful to have our new church home and wish to serve as the heart leads.
Larry Larson - Elder/Co Vice Chair
LARRY LARSON: My wife Joan and I have been full time at LACC for the past fourteen years. God has blessed me in so many ways. I have a wife who loves the Lord and has been supportive of me for the past fifty years. We have two daughters a son-in-law (who is more like a son) and two of the most fantastic grandchildren that inhabit the earth! All who love the Lord and continue to strive for an intimate relationship with Him. During my tenure with LACC, I have been active in several different ministers, as well serving on both the Deacon Board and Elder Board.
LACC is my home church, and where I have continued to grow spiritually. I love the Lord and have tried to be obedient to His calling as to where He wants me to serve. I’m excited about what God is planning for our future here at LACC. I look forward to serving our Father and the church body at LACC in whatever capacity He leads me to.
I was born in Oroville, CA in September of 1956. I was raised in Red Bluff, with a good upbringing in most every respect. I was not raised in a Christian home, but did attend church with an aunt who lived with us. I asked Christ into my life at an early age, but did not realize the power of this commitment until later in life.
I have been blessed with a wonderful wife and three beautiful children. Carol Ann, Sarah, Rebekah and JoAnna are truly gifts from God; I can not imagine myself without them, just as I can not imagine living without the Lord in our lives.
I attended HumboldtStateUniversity, and have a degree in Forestry. This is where I met Carol Ann, who was completing her degree(s) in Zoology and Wildlife Management. I am retired from California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) where I served as a Division Chief, overseeing our departments emergency response capability for Lassen, Modoc, and Plumas Counties.
I have been privileged to serve this congregation on both the deacon and elder boards, and am honored to be considered for return to service.
Bill Howe - Elder
BILL HOWE: Raised in a neutral non-Christian home, I accepted the Lord as my personal savior at age 35 and was baptized by former LACC pastor, Bill Towne. Looking back on my childhood, I see where God was faithfully tugging and interacting with me toward salvation. It’s a great comfort knowing He was calling me, while I was yet an enemy to His will…even more so obvious now that I am His child.
Serving on the Elder Board is both an opportunity to grow spiritually and to give back to the congregation a portion of the energy God has blessed me with. Accept for visiting other churches in our travels, this congregation remains our primary church home. I have served LACC on the Deacon Board, was church Treasurer, taught youth Sunday school, was an AWANA leader and helper, worked as assistant leader with Jr. High youth, and facilitated our home group. Although my wife and I are ‘snow birds’, we do not consider ourselves retired and are eager to remain active wherever we might reside.
Dan Foos - Elder/ Co Vice Chair
I grew up in a loving family with strong moral and ethical standards yet had no knowledge or understanding of spiritual things. While on leave from the Army I dated this young lady who invited me to Church. I had the feeling that it wouldn’t be right to go to Church just because I wanted to be with her so I said no thanks. Later back on post in Arizona I decided to go to a service to see what it was all about. It was there I felt God’s leading and responded to an alter call and accepted Christ as my savior. My life was changed forever on that day. I married that young lady and we have been on a wonderful journey through God’s grace and forgiveness from that time on.
Scott Gibson - Elder
My name is Scott Gibson. I was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and moved at the age of one to Ontario, California. In 1973 I married my wife Sandi and we will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary on June 16th of this year. We have one daughter Jenn. I worked for Knudsen Creamery in Los Angeles and City of Industry for 32 years before retiring and moving to Lake Almanor in 2006.
I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 11 years old which was 1963. I made this early decision at the church that I attended with my parents.
In 1979 I re-dedicated my life to the Lord through a friend and co-worker of mine whom I'm still very close to. Glen gave me some tapes of others Testimonies and it was at that time, as an adult, I realized that God was utmost important in my life and it was then that I told Glen that I wanted to grow more as a Christian man and be the Spiritual Leader in my home. Since that day in 1979 I have continued my growth and walk with Jesus.
God has called me to do His work and one vehicle has been EE-Evangelism Explosion where I have been a Trainee, Trainer and a Teacher from 1999-2006. EE has impacted my life greatly. It has enabled me to share the Gospel in a non-threatening manner to co-workers, friends, family, strangers and the kids I touched for God in Water Polo as a High School coach. God has given me this gift and He has let me see many come to know Him and watch them grow spiritually. This has been such a blessing and now that I am retired and up here in Lake Almanor, I have continued to do God's will by witnessing to others for Him. EE has strengthened my knowledge of God and has guided me along with the Holy Spirit to do what we all must do...be an effective witness.
As a member of Lake Almanor Community Church, I have served as an Elder, AWANA Leader and a Small Group Leader. It is my honor and pleasure to serve where God puts me.
Ron Outland - Elder
My name is Ron Outland and my faithful wife for 25 years is Julie. I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. Julie grew up on a ranch/Christmas tree farm in Alpine, California. We met at Cal Poly, Pomona through the Navigators Christian organization through which Julie trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior. I asked Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior when I was about 9 or 10 through my mom’s testimony and through the faithful preaching from God’s word at the Methodist Church in Worland, Wyoming. I heard about the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, and about the consequience of not believing. The idea of finding my place in hell apart from our God and Savior did not at all appeal to me. So I yielded my life to Jesus Christ. Julie and I attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon after our marriage in 1980, then moved back to this neck of the woods. We have enjoyed thoroughly worshiping and serving here at Lake Almanor Community Church since 1989.
Gary Hinshaw - Elder
I was raised in the small town of Oakdale in the central valley. I grew up with the support of a strong family environment, but without a Christian foundation. In junior high my best friend invited me to his family church. I could feel the Lord tugging me but neither my friend or I could fully understand what it meant walk with the Lord and eventually fell away from our commitment. When I think about that time in my life, I am reminded about a verse my father-in-law would quote, John 15:16 “You did not choose me, I chose you...” He would always say that the Lord may let you wonder for a time, but eventually He will bring you back to Him.
The Lord brought Alicia and her nine year old daughter Amy into my life in 1990. As our relationship grew so did our commitment and walk with the Lord. We became best friends and partners for life. I was saved in 1993 and baptized in 1994 at Big Valley Grace in Modesto. We both served in various capacities with our church. We were married in 1994 and purchased a small almond farm in addition to our regular jobs. In 2010 we sold our farm and moved to Modesto to be closer to and care for Alicia’s aging parents.
After moving to Lake Almanor in 2013, we explored a few churches and then decided to try Lake Almanor Community Church. As we entered LACC, Pastor Ken was the first handshake and greeting of many. We felt a warmth and sense of family immediately. Following a great time of worship, we started home, looked at each other and said we have found our church home. These past two years have gone by so fast and we have become so close to many that we refer to everyone as family members.
We look forward to what God has planned for Lake Almanor Community Church and for our ability to serve. I am truly honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve as an Elder at LACC.