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.


  • Wayne Carlson

    Interim Lead Pastor

    Life Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


    My rule of life: To live a Christ-dependent, grace-filled life that:

    • Is marked by integrity in my work and relationships (God, family, co-workers and friends).
    • Extends grace to others and affirms their value before God.
    • Gives courage to and empowers others to pursue and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

    Personal: Grew up in a Christian home and in a Covenant church in southwestern Minnesota. Gave my to life to Christ when I was ten years old; confirmed the call to ministry during a summer mission trip to Alaska following my sophomore year in college (1966). Married to Judy for 45+ years; have three sons and four granddaughters (ages 2-7).


    North Park College, Chicago, IL                                 1964-1968       BA Degree

    Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA              1968-1971       MDiv Degree

    Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA              1984-1987       DMin courses (did not complete degree due to relocation to Sacramento)

    North Park Seminary, Chicago, IL                              1985                Course work for ECC Ordination

    Numerous seminars related to leadership development, church planting and pastoral coaching.

    Ordained for Word and Sacrament with Evangelical Covenant Church in June, 1985


    Work History

    Transition Pastor      The Creek Covenant Church, Pleasant Hill, CA        October 2016-November 2017

    Preaching, pastoral care and leadership consultation; staff and ministry development and supervision. Consulted with Pastoral Search Team, culminating in the calling of a new lead pastor.


    Transition Pastor      Murphys Covenant Church, Murphys, CA                 April–August, 2016


    Leadership Consultant        Pacific Southwest Conference, Concord, CA             May 2015–May 2016


    Associate Superintendent  Pacific Southwest Conference, Concord, CA             March 2001–April 2015


    Acting Superintendent        Pacific Southwest Conference, Concord, CA             September 2013-June 2014


     Lead Pastor                           Valley Hi Covenant Church, Sacramento, CA            January 1988–Feb 2001

    Volunteer Activities

    Mendenhall Ministries Board of Directors, Mendenhall, MS. (1979-1997). A Christian-based community development ministry devoted to racial reconciliation, and economic and educational development among mostly disadvantaged and underserved lower income rural population in the greater Mendenhall region. 


    Numerous other volunteer activities including various boards, commissions and task forces, including a Homeless Outreach task force in Pasadena in the mid-1980’s; refugee re-settlement services in Sacramento in 2015; support services with Project Ride (Elk Grove, CA), a horseback riding program for special needs children. Co-lead a Strategic Ministry Development team with my local church.

  • 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

  • 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, Wayne Carlson


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.