• Connecting people to an abundant life with Jesus Christ and preparing them for His return


Blake Jones Installed At Orangevale

Blake Jones Installed At Orangevale 1082 1600 Ken Miller

January 21- Blake Jones was installed at Orangevale Church. Blake joined our territory from the Florida Conference. He explains, “I wasn’t looking to move to California until my friend talked me into it. From there, I felt this is where God wanted me to go.”

That friend was Kevin Robert, church growth and evangelism director. Robert said, “I got him into this. Blake clearly sees the pastoral ministry and how it is a calling to be an equipper of the saints, but not one that hovers over the members. He will do a great job!”

Jones describes, “I’m very passionate about equipping people to be fruitful disciples of Jesus.”

Blake has been married to Cris, his wife of 16 years. They have two children, Lucas-12, and Sofia-8.

Featured in Northern Lights, February 2, 2023

Robert Benardo Installed At Sacramento Central

Robert Benardo Installed At Sacramento Central 6000 4000 Ken Miller

January 21- Rob Benardo was installed as pastor at Sacramento Central Church.

Pastor Benardo returned to our territory from the Battle Creek Tabernacle church in Michigan, where he was the prayer coordinator for the Michigan conference. He also pastored previously at the Milpitas Church in the early 2000s and is pleased to be back in Northern California.

According to Lynette Stansfield, a church member, “Sacramento Central is excited and grateful that God has led Pastor Rob and his wife Olga to Sacramento. We are particularly thrilled with his vision to grow our church by reaching out and serving those in Sacramento.”

Benardo is a friendly and energetic evangelist who likes to use acronyms for teaching and planning. His working title for what he hopes to accomplish in Sacramento is S.P.E.C.S.- Strategic Planned Evangelism for the City of Sacramento.

Bernardo shares his life with his wife of 32 years, Olga. They have two grown daughters, Amaris and Alexia, and his life motto is, “God’s glory is my greatest joy.”

Featured in Northern Lights, January 26, 2023

Officers and Directors Consecrated

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January 21- The new NCC officers and directors were dedicated in a Sabbath afternoon service at the Roseville Church.

Voted during the September Conference Constituency Meeting, this administration team will serve the NCC for the next five years.

In his consecration message, Pacific Union President Bradford Newtonsaid, “There is such a wonderful spirit in this current administration. The God of the Bible is still in the midst of His people and will do a new and wonderful thing in this conference.”

NCC president, Marc Woodson, quoted the promise given to the Israelites found in Joshua 3:5 – “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (NIV)

Woodson explained during the response time, “We are one body on one mission to connect people to an abundant life with Jesus and prepare them for the Second Coming. When we dedicate ourselves to this purpose, the God of miracles will do amazing things in our conference!”

Featured in Northern Lights, January 26, 2023

Keitrich Germany Installed As District Pastor Of Rancho Cordova And Stockton Mayfair

Keitrich Germany Installed As District Pastor Of Rancho Cordova And Stockton Mayfair 1200 1200 Ken Miller

In November, the Rancho Cordova Church and Stockton Mayfair churches welcomed Kietrich Germany as their new district pastor.

Both congregations received the Germanys with open arms and excitement.

Germany said, “It’s nice to come back home to the Sacramento area. I have a lot of friends and community connections here.”

Rudy Peters, African American ministry coordinator, said, “I am excited about what God is going to do in the lives and communities of these two churches.”

Germany explained, “My spiritual gift is public and personal evangelism. As I get to know members at Mayfair and Rancho Cordova, I will enjoy researching our community needs.”

A native of Sacramento, Kietrich shares his life with Teairra, his wife of thirteen years.

Featured in Northern Lights, January 19, 2023

Randy Speyer Installed At Sacramento Woodside

Randy Speyer Installed At Sacramento Woodside 1200 1200 Ken Miller

November 5- Randy Speyer was installed as the pastor of Sacramento Woodside Church. He hopes to empower the growth of a loving and healthy community whose joyful pursuit is a spiritual life with God.

Before joining Woodside, he was the director of mission and spiritual care at Adventist Health. He was also pastor of care and counseling at Loma Linda University Church, and former lead pastor at Palo Cedro.

Speyer said, “I have a love for storytelling, music, and art with a passion for shaping people who will go out and shape the communities they are a part of.”

According to Jim Lorenz, ministry director, “Randy has so many talents and has worked in health ministry, been a church pastor, a counselor; we are blessed to have him choose church ministry again at Woodside.”

Randy has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jewel Tryon-Speyer, for 42 years.

Featured in Northern Lights, January 12, 2023

Storm Nearly Derails Pastors Retreat

Storm Nearly Derails Pastors Retreat 1200 675 Ken Miller

January 10- What would have been three days for pastors to share, learn, teach, and collaborate at Leoni Meadows had to be compacted into one day due to storm damage. Subsequently, all pastors from the territory diverted to Gracepoint Church for what was left of their mini retreat.

Jim Lorenz, ministerial director said, “This annual get-together is very important for the pastors. We not only get work done but collaborate and strengthen friendships. It’s as much business as it is therapy. Unfortunately, we had to cut a lot out because of the storm.”

In keeping with the original plan, Craig Heinrich and Leoni staff provided a quality lunch and the camp’s famous cinnamon rolls from the Gracepoint kitchen.

Featured in Northern Lights, January 12, 2023

David Peckham Installed At Stockton Central

David Peckham Installed At Stockton Central 682 516 Ken Miller

November 19-David Peckham was installed as the new senior pastor of the Stockton Central church.

Peckham joins the NCC from Valley Center Church in San Diego County where he has been since 2015. In ministry since 1974, Peckham is known for his friendliness and constant activity.

According to Meleseini Tu’itupou, a Stockton member, “Even before he arrived, he asked us to send out invitations to everybody on our books, attending and not. He wants our members to be proactive, and involved in habits of connecting with our community, both Adventist and not.”

Tu’itupou continued, “I think members have been sparked and drawn into a leadership style of energy and action. This will be great as we serve our neighbors with passionate kindness.”

David and Cheryl, his wife of 48 years have two daughters: Melissa, who is the principal of Hilltop Christian School in Antioch, and Janine, associate pastor at Lodi Fairmont.

Featured in Northern Lights, January 5, 2023

Kai Hodges Installed At The Market Street

Kai Hodges Installed At The Market Street 1200 707 Ken Miller

October 29- Kai Hodges was installed as the new associate pastor of the Market Street Adventist Church.

The service was moving and overflowing with deep emotions. Pastor Kai expressed gratitude to her family, her senior pastor Edwin Brown, and the congregation for the opportunity to serve God’s people.

According to Rudy Peters, coordinator of African American ministries, “I believe Market Street Church has found the right person at the right time for the assignment. It was heartwarming to see the youth conducting the entire service and pledge their support to God and their new youth pastor.”

Featured in Northern Lights, December 15, 2022

Momanga New Pastor At Tracy

Momanga New Pastor At Tracy 1200 675 Ken Miller

November 5- Lizeth Momanga was installed as pastor at the Tracy church.

Before “Pastor Liz” settled in Tracy, she circled the world as a guest speaker in places like Venezuela, Kenya, and the Philippines. She planted a church of 25 in rural Alaska and produced daily live devotionals for the local radio station.

She says her passion is to “demonstrate God’s saving grace and love to the world through the living and preaching of the gospel.”

Lizeth earned her Master of Divinity in 2022 from Andrews University and shares her life with her husband, Richard.

Featured in Northern Lights December 8, 2022

25 Countries In A Single Church

25 Countries In A Single Church 2000 1125 Ken Miller

Capitol City church did two community-relevant events in the span of two weeks:

First, they provided a cooling center for the community amidst a heatwave. Then on September 10, the church held its annual international day church service and potluck.

Members and guests representing twenty-five nations were dressed in colorful attire from their respective countries. The potluck dinner was akin to an international bizarre with ethnic foods from the Caribbean, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

According to one attendee, “I was blown away by the friendliness of the staff and all the diverse clothing of their home countries. The food was phenomenal, and I can’t wait for next year.”

Carol Herbert, mission council leader said, “This year’s international day was one of our best celebrations. We received so many compliments on how great everything was, from the program and the set-up to the food. Praise God!”

Featured in Northern Lights November 17, 2022