Staff & Leadership

We have a passion for people, our town and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • Jeff Mitchell

    Interim Lead Pastor

    Jeff began in ministry working with youth programs such as Campus Life and YMCA camping. After seminary Jeff became an ordained Covenant pastor in 1980. He has served in a number of churches completing full-time ministry this last year at Good Samaritan church in Valley Springs. Jeff also serves the Pacific Southwest conference offering spiritual direction to pastors and spouses. He occasionally leads retreats and workshops.

    Jeff and his wife Gael live just down the hill in Valley Springs. They love spending time with their two daughters and their families who live in the Santa Cruz area. They have six wonderful grandchildren.

  • Marilyn Williams

    Associate PASTOR

    LIFE VERSE: "I run in the paths of your commands, O Lord. For you have set my heart free!." Psalm 119:32

    Marilyn is honored to serve the Chapel family and its surrounding community as Associate Pastor. Marilyn brings 20 years of ministry experience, both in the local church as well as internationally. Her drive to serve others with God’s love and truth drove her to complete her B.A. in Religion and Christian Leadership at Vanguard University in Southern California. She then continued to follow God’s call to earn her Masters of Divinity at Bethel Seminary, San Diego, and is continuing in her doctorate in Organizational Leadership. 

    Marilyn loves anything and everything to do with God’s Holy Word and God’s love for all people. She is a passionate preacher and a dedicated servant of God’s Kingdom. Her life call is to create and cultivate a community of faith, where people experience God’s presence and grace together. There is nothing more life-changing and heart-shaping as God’s love and truth! Marilyn pursues building others up into a life of joy, hope and purpose. 

    Marilyn and Mike have been married for 32+ years. They have raised their two adult children and continue to enjoy their 2 grandchildren in Southern California. Mike serves as Prayer Mobilization Manager for OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship). Marilyn and Mike enjoy experiencing new cultures and witnessing God’s saving work around the world. In their free time, Marilyn and Mike love to spend time getting to know new people and building life lasting friendships.

  • Jimalene loring

    worship arts ministries director

    Jimalene has been singing all of her life. The first song she remembers singing in front of a congregation was Jesus Loves Me. She couldn't have been more than four years old standing on the stage clinging to her dad's leg. She was terrified to be in front of all those people! From that day forward she has learned to share her gift of music with others through singing with different worship bands, leading worship, and singing in celebration at weddings, retreats, and other special venues.

    She has been married to her fabulous husband since 1990. Jimalene and her husband, Brett, have two adventurous children, Lexie and Drew, who are both away at school.

    On a beautiful, sun-shiny day you can find Jimalene working in her garden. On a cold, wintry day she would like to be found knitting in a warm cozy house.

    She is excited about Worship Arts Ministry at Chapel and the great team with whom she has the privilege to serve.

  • Nicole Conner

    Administrative ministry assistant

    Nicole Conner has been part of the Arnold community since 2013 and found Chapel almost immediately after moving to the area. Looking for good music and sound teaching she fell in love with Chapel's "raise your hands" praise music that is alive and full of life. She has a 25 year background in hotel hospitality and property management gained while living in Orange County, California. She earned an Associate of Arts degree with a focus in Biology, followed by brief "job experience" as a Behavioral Health Specialist in the US Army and later attended college at UCLA to study Psychology. While she currently serves in administration at Chapel, she works as the Recreation Department Office Manager, during the summer season, at Blue Lake Springs HOA.

    Nicole is currently back in school taking a year long certification course to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach which complements her passion to help others to take care of themselves in all areas of life. Nicole is launching a group training program online early next year and will begin taking on clients. You just might catch her "live" on Facebook reviewing books, talking about health, business, balance, natural health products and more. 

    Nicole enjoys hiking with her husband Larry Geiger, his dog Khloe, swimming at the Bret Harte pool and is Mom to her 18 year old son Josh, who currently serves in the US Navy and her 16 year old daughter Allyson, who is a Junior in High School. Nicole is fond of saying, "everyone has a story, and it matters" ~ so stop by the office and share yours!

  • Jaymie Hornel

    Facilities Director

  • Chapel Leadership Team

    • Chair: Jim Wagner
    • Vice-Chair: Dave Brady
    • Secretary: Joanne Padelford
    • Financial Officer: Cecile Kaiser
    • Members-at-Large: Glen Sewell, Carol Ashlock, Bob Ash & Dan Varty
    • Interim Lead Pastor: Jeff Mitchell


Dick Jefferson
Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Jefferson (PJ) came out of retirement in early '09 to serve for a year as interim minister at the Chapel and has continued part time as an Associate.


He brings to the church over forty years of leadership, the majority of that time in San Francisco as Senior Pastor of an inter generational, multi-ethnic, economically diverse, and culturally varied church community.


Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he received training at Seattle Pacific University (BA Psychology) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MA Biblical Studies).


Assisting at the Chapel with preaching and small group development, Pastor Dick is driven by two questions, "Have we really become Christians yet?" and "If individuals were looking to see Jesus today, would they see Him in us?"


Dick and his wife Linda have four children and ten grand kids. For change of pace Dick reads, rakes needles, and kayaks in local lakes.


Ezekiel 34, John 10, and I Peter 5, along with O. Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest", have given vision and purpose to his personal and pastoral life on a daily basis for many years.


He delights in inviting you to be planted in Christ, to grow in relationships, and to be fruitful in serving others.

PJ retired... again... at the end of 2016 after another 8 years of faithful service.