Though our council serves behind the scenes, they represent our congregation in a big way. Because they are an important part of our community, and since we are confirming these new council members, one might wonder who they are.

Toni McCollum has been part of The Sanctuary for 13 years. Though she is recently retired, Toni and her husband of almost 28 years, Gary, keep very busy. In particular Toni loves snow skiing, reading, and spending time with friends. Over the years, Toni has served in CHAMPS, GLM, Prayer Team and she also makes newborn gift bags. Toni has chosen to serve on council to serve as part of a bigger team and to work with like-minded individuals. She says of our community: “The friendships as well are very meaningful. The Sanctuary has truly been a safe place for me over the last 13 years.”

Dan Nickels, his wife Lisa, and kids: Micaiah (13) and Nathanael (10) have been attending for almost two years. He works as a Ceramics and Art Teacher at Saugus High. Prior to his time as a teacher, he studied at Southeast Missouri State, Cape Girardeau in Missouri, and at the University of La Verne here in California. He enjoys mountain biking, running, ceramics and watching kids’ movies. Dan is excited for the opportunity to help the Sanctuary grow, and views it as an adventure. He also loves this community, sharing life, and the Biblical practicality that we strive to embody as a church.

Tyler (TJ) Stoner and his wife Samantha have attended The Sanctuary for 6 years, and currently serve in UTURN. Professionally, TJ works at Hamby Corporation, a family business founded by his grandfather. He went to College of Canyons to study Metal Fabrication and Psychology, and his hobbies include: welding, sewing and all sorts of building. TJ is excited to join the council and for what God may have in store. On this he says “The Sanctuary is my home and I love that it’s a safe place to grow. I can come with my brokenness, my mess and meet people just like me.”

For more info on council and other church leadership, read here.