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Lisa Emanuel Graphic Designer

Favorite Verse:

Psalm 46:1

Hobbies:

Cooking for family and friends, traveling, reading and anything outdoors and active.

Spouse:

Rich – Married 6.27.87

Children:

Jake, Aaron & Luke
Growing up in Burbank, California, Lisa was surrounded by love of the arts and anything creative. Her family’s extensive traveling around the world was the seed of global perspective and love of travel that shapes her life now. Lisa first learned about God when a neighbor took her to church in the fourth grade. Yet, it wasn’t until the summer of her junior year in high school that she accepted Christ’s love and grace as her own. Since then she has been involved in children’s, youth, women’s and missions ministries. Currently she works with our UTURN youth ministry. In 1987, Lisa was married to her husband Rich. Rich works at a clinic in Lancaster as a nurse practitioner. He has a huge heart for missions, a love for solitude and the outdoors. They have two boys in college and one in high school. With their boys getting older, family time is much harder to come by. Yet, when they do all connect it is usually over good food, traveling, watching a movie or being outdoors. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and has worked as a freelance graphic artist for 25 years. She loves photography, bike riding, rollerblading, skiing and snowboarding. Kayaking has also become a favorite for her and Rich to do together.
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Cynthia Siler Treasurer

Favorite Verse:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Hobbies:

Following Dodger Baseball, Sewing & Scrapbooking

Spouse:

Rick – Married 11.25.89

Children:

Caroline & Brett
Cynthia Siler has a mind for numbers . . . and as our Treasurer, she uses that ability to serve our church family through accounting and bookkeeping. Cynthia was born in Pasadena, California and lived there until she was ten when she moved to Sacramento with her family. As the eldest of three children, her organizational skills were recognized at a young age. She always liked math, and friends and family encouraged her to pursue that natural ability. Upon graduation from High School, Cynthia attended American River College (Northern California) and then transferred to Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) where she earned a B.S. in Business & Accounting. In addition to completing this degree, she also obtained a CPA license. Her skills would eventually lead her to find work in several companies including: Price Waterhouse (auditing & small business departments), Lear Siegler, Inc. (Finance Director) and IDC Services, Inc. (Controller – specializing in payroll services for the entertainment industry). Cynthia is happily married to her husband Rick, whom she met while attending the singles ministry at The Church on the Way (Van Nuys, California). After marrying in 1989, Cynthia moved to Santa Clarita, where Rick grew up, where they have lived ever since. Rick has been working as a fireman for over 20 years and is currently serving as a Fire Captain in Culver City. Together they have two children, Caroline and Brett. Rick & Cynthia came to The Sanctuary in 1994 because of a long-time friendship with the former pastors. Cynthia has served many roles at The Sanctuary including Sunday School Teacher’s Assistant, Bible Study Leader, Church Council Member and Women’s Ministry Council Member. In addition to her roles on staff and church, Cynthia is a home school & stay-at-home mom. She enjoys sewing, scrapbooking (when her busy schedule allows) and is a HUGE Dodger fan (the Siler’s third child is a 95-pound yellow lab named after Cynthia’s favorite team).
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Dawn Edwards Executive Assistant to Pastor Marty Walker

Favorite Verse:

Psalm 37:4

Hobbies:

Scrapbooking, Hanging with my Friends & Being with my Family

Spouse:

Jonathan – Married 2.11.95

Children:

Chloe & Ellyanna
Dawn was born and raised in “Small Town USA.” Growing up in Winters, California (west of Sacramento) had its advantages and unique opportunities, such as participating in FFA (Future Farmers of America) by raising a lamb for auction, going to school with the same kids Kindergarten through 12th grade, and living within walking distance of EVERYTHING! Moving to Southern California to go to college at the ripe-old age of 18 was certainly culture shock! While attending LIFE Pacific College (formerly L.I.F.E. Bible College, San Dimas, CA), Dawn met and married her husband, Jonathan (1995). She completed her degree in 1996, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Theology with a minor in Youth Ministry. She currently serves The Sanctuary family by coordinating the Our Family in Focus ministry which spotlights new Partners in the weekly Sunday Celebration Services bulletin. Dawn is also “shadow” to our very own Debbie Walker who oversees women’s ministries. She and Debbie have worked together since Girls Like Me’s inception in 2002. In addition to marriage and ministry, Dawn is also a proud home-schooling mom to her eldest daughter Chloe whose younger sister, Ellyanna, is not far behind. She has loved the privilege of teaching her children at home. When she and the girls do not have their noses in the books, you may find them at Starbucks or hanging with their girlfriends. Dawn also loves taking pictures and scrap booking them as a visual reminder of all God has done in her family’s life.
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Betty Jean Donaldson Director of Children's Ministries

Favorite Verse:

Colossians 3:16-17

Hobbies:

Serving Others, Decorating (from Interior Design to Cakes), Painting, Gardening & Enjoying Nature

Spouse:

Mark – 6.13.81

Children:

Liz
Betty Jean was born in Bishop, California and grew up on 40 acres just outside Independence, California. Her parents adopted two children as they were told they would not be able to have children of their own. Surprise! In their 40’s along came one of their own – Betty Jean! After graduating from Owens Valley High School, she attended Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, CA) receiving a degree in Legal Secretarial Science and a certificate in floral design. Betty Jean then moved to Hollywood where she attended Bryan College of Court Reporting (Los Angeles) and began working for a Beverly Hills law firm. After two years of court reporting school she trained as a paralegal with that firm with hopes of becoming an attorney. During this time, Betty Jean met her husband, Mark, who took her to Hollywood Presbyterian Church for their first date. Though she decided not to pursue the law degree, she worked for the same law firm for 17 years as a paralegal and office manager. After the Northridge earthquake, Betty Jean retired from the field of law. Though she grew up in a Methodist church, Betty Jean stopped attending church during college. Of course, after meeting husband Mark, that all changed. After moving to the San Fernando Valley and attending a couple different churches over the years, the Donaldson’s visited a “new one.” On the recommendation of a youth pastor at the Northridge Foursquare Church, Betty Jean, Mark, and Liz paid a visit to The Sanctuary to meet this “awesome youth pastor” there, Pastor Marty. After more than three months of prayer, deliberation, and confirmation, the Donaldsons made The Sanctuary their home in September of 1992. Betty Jean began serving as the designer of the children’s classroom bulletin boards and has now served in various capacities including Nursery Worker, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Leader, Women’s Ministry Leadership Team Member, Christmas Decorator, Wedding Coordinator, Church Council Member and Interim Children’s Ministry Director. Whew! This lady has done it all . . . including joining The Sanctuary staff in 2004 as Director of Children’s Ministries, assisting Pastor Julie as she leads children’s ministries.
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Joseph Gregory Coordinator for Our Family in Focus

Favorite Verse:

Philippians 2:5-11 & Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Hobbies:

Mountaineering, learning binges on Wikipedia, puns, reading & writing, photography, sleeping, eating, stargazing, and eating more.
Joseph’s family first came to the Sanctuary over 13 years ago during June of 2000. He is a child of the Sanctuary having attended and volunteered in each of the ministries from Champs to our regular Sunday Celebration Services. Joseph’s desire is to serve in ministry with his personal goal to inspire people IN their relationship WITH God, or to inspire people TOWARDS a relationship WITH God by making Scripture, theology, and apologetics easily accessible to others. He made steps towards this when he graduated in 2012 from Life Pacific College with his degree in Biblical Studies. He also desires to go back and further his education so he can teach and serve at the college-level in addition to the congregation-level.
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Debbie Walker Director of Women's Ministries, Girls Like Me

Favorite Verse:

Isaiah 40:29-31

Hobbies:

Scrapbooking, Coffee Chat, Shopping & Beach Days

Spouse:

Marty - 9.21.85

Children:

Amanda, Victoria, Isaac & Abigail
Debbie Walker is the beloved wife of our Senior Pastor, Marty Walker. She would be considered the “quiet one” of the two, although upon closer examination you would learn she has quite a sense of humor. Along with this quietness, is an inner strength that has been developed with years of marriage, many which have been spent partnering together in full-time ministry. She has, in quietness and strength, spent those same years raising their four beautiful children, Amanda, Victoria, Isaac and Abigail. They are truly her passion and joy. Though Debbie home-schooled all of their children to certain levels, with all but Abigail (who now attends Santa Clarita Christian School) now graduated, Debbie has more opportunities to partner with Pastor Marty in ministry. Since January 2002, she has been leading the women’s ministries at The Sanctuary, Girls Like Me. She has discovered a passion and desire to see women build relationships with one another and live out their faith “together” – not as “Lone Ranger” Christians. When she’s not with her two grandchildren or planning for the next Girls Like Me event, you might find her at Starbuck’s with a good friend sipping coffee and chatting… or just on the beach enjoying the beautiful ocean.
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Nic Iacovetti Graphic Designer

Favorite Verse:

1 John 3:20

Hobbies:

Music, Art & Baseball

Spouse:

Marji – Married 11.16.85

Children:

Gabriella & Christopher
Nic Iacovetti has over twenty years professional experience in digital and traditional art. His skills have allowed him to work with diverse companies specializing in interactive gaming, film, marketing and fine arts. An example of Nic’s artistic gifts, can be found in the Father’s House on The Sanctuary campus – a reproduction of Rembrandt’s oil painting, Return of the Prodigal Son. Nic also has a deep love for music and has been involved in the worship ministries for many years. He and his wife, Marji, have two teenage children, Gabriella and Christopher.
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Breezy Thompson Admnistrative Assistant

Favorite Verse:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Hobbies:

Hiking, Watching movies, Backpacking, & Adventuring with friends
Breezy Thompson is a native of Santa Clarita and has been attending The Sanctuary with her family since she was in 5th grade. While she may be our youngest staff member, she is a determined young woman whose administrative mindset compliments the responsibilities she has as our front desk receptionist. Breezy is currently serving on our UTURN youth ministry's Student Action Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.) and is enjoying the Lord molding her into the young woman He has designed her to be. Her hope is to one day be a nurse, and appreciates this season of working for The Sanctuary, knowing it will help her build skills that will benefit her in her future career. Breezy’s desire is to be a welcoming presence in the office and reflect our mission as a church to whomever she assists.
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Mike Stevenson Facilities Custodian

Favorite Verse:

John 1:1-5, 14

Hobbies:

Playing with My Kids, Playing Sports, Remodeling My House

Spouse:

Wendy – 6.26.88

Children:

Amanda & Grace
Mike is a man who likes to see things done right! As the Facilities Custodian of The Sanctuary, it is his responsibility to make sure our campus and offices display our commitment to excellence in serving God and our community. Born in Santa Monica, California, Mike eventually found his way to the Santa Clarita Valley. During the early years of marriage, Mike worked as a carpenter with a private contractor. In 1991, he took the opportunity to work as a Senior General Maintenance Worker at The LA County Sheriff’s Department’s Peter Pitchess Detention Facility (Castaic, CA), where he served for 12 years! In late 2003, Mike made a significant life change, accepting the offer to join the team at The Sanctuary, bringing with him a vast experience and knowledge of carpentry, construction and maintenance. The decision was not tough, given that it would mean working at the church that he and his family had been calling “home” since 1998. In addition to making his career at The Sanctuary, Mike truly has a servant’s heart! He has served, and continues to serve, his church family in variety of ways, including leading in our UTURN youth ministries, building sets for productions presented by Between The Lines, our drama ministry, and just helping out wherever he is needed.
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Terry Simmons Facilities Assistant

Favorite Verse:

John 3:16

Hobbies:

Camping & Fishing

Spouse:

Diana – Married 10.29.83

Children:

Buddy & Christine
Terry Simmons is a wonderful part of The Sanctuary staff. In July of 2004, Terry came aboard as a Facilities Assistant to aid our Custodian Mike Stevenson in the ever demanding task of maintaining our campus and office facilities. Prior to coming on staff, Terry worked in the tool/equipment rental department at Home Depot for nearly 11 years. His experience there along with a previous landscaping background makes Terry a valuable component of the day to day and weekly operations here at The Sanctuary. Terry was born in the San Fernando Valley and actually grew up in Pacoima like our very own Pastor Marty! Terry later ended up at a church in Santa Paula with his sister. At that church he met his sister’s best friend, Diana. Terry and Diana were married in October of 1983 and now have two children, Buddy and Christine. Diana works for a defense contractor management agency for the U.S. government. Terry and his family have been at The Sanctuary for over 20 years and remain so because Terry says, “The Word is preached and the fellowship is great.” In his spare time Terry loves to take an occasional camping trip and do a little fishing. Terry also says he enjoys his position here vastly. The staff, the hours, and the ability to serve are just some of the reasons he takes pleasure in being on staff here. Terry feels that God has equipped him well for this ministry by serving God and our congregation. Terry hopes to pursue and raise the standard of excellence in how we steward the beautiful facilities God has given us.
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Cole Jennerson

Favorite Verse:

Galatians 1:10 & 1 Timothy 6:11-12

Hobbies:

Music, rock climbing, making movies, reading
Cole is one of the youngest members of our staff, but his maturity and portfolio of skills has more than proven that age doesn't matter. Cole is our "go-to" guy for filming, editing, and arranging any and all videos that The Sanctuary shows during services and online. Cole is an incredibly gifted member of our team and we're excited to see what else he has in store.