Kids City Staff
I have the best job in the church! I am the Children’s ministry Director. I LOVE that I ‘get to’ interact with kids and develop kids ministry leaders. In 1990, I was invited to serve with a 4th grade Sunday school class. I said ‘NO way!’, but tried it anyway. It was through serving in children’s ministry that my biblical foundation was laid and my passion to share Jesus with kids was fueled.
I ‘get to’ oversee and manage all aspects of our children’s ministry, from infant-6th grade and a special needs ministry. I also have the privilege to be the director of our Hope For Kids ministry; teaching kids to share their faith with other kids. I believe fun and being real are the key ingredients to learning. loving, trusting and falling in love with Jesus.
My Family: I have been married to my husband Nate, for 30 years. I have 3 creative and amazing kids; Andrew-27, Bekah-23 and Isaiah-19. They are the loves of my life! Our favorite place to be together is at the beach, any beach. I enjoy reading, drinking good coffee and eating dark chocolate; everyday if I can.
Favorite Kids City Story: My favorite Kidz City story was a student who told their parents that they didn’t want to go to Disneyland if they had to miss going to church at Crossroads!
I have worked in ministry for 13 years primarily with young people between the ages of 10 – 18. God has clearly shown me that I belong with preteens (5th and 6th students). I love how they are eager to listen and learn about God, the Bible and how it all applies to their lives. I knew when I entered ministry that God would use my life to make an impact on others. What I didn’t know, is how much preteens would impact my life. I love preteens and sharing my life with them.
Family: My wife Denise and I are high school sweethearts. Denise is the love of my life. We exchanged our vows on May 13, 1995. We have four children; Hailey 20, Jordan 16, Tristan 10, and Tayton 8. Our family’s favorite spot to visit is Santa Cruz and we visit several times a year. We love the sun, beach, people and boardwalk atmosphere.
Favorite student story: I was approached by a mom who was beaming with joy about a week after her son attended our Winter Jam outreach event in January 2018. This mom shared that her son approached her that night with tears in his eyes. He told her that he had asked Jesus into his heart and that he really understood that he has been saved! That story of this boy’s heart affected me in a deep way.
I am the KIDZ City Elementary Coordinator. I truly love working with kids and helping them on their path to Jesus Christ. Helping our kids in their walk of faith has been a blessing. As the Elementary Coordinator, I put together the lesson plans for our students, organize activities for them to do with their leaders, am responsible for scheduling and managing our Elementary team, recruiting new team members, and, assisting KIDZ City team members and families during weekend services.
My Family: I have been married to my husband Eric for nine amazing years and we have an eight-year-old daughter named Ryleigh.
Family has always been a huge focus for me. I love spending time and just having fun with family and friends. Our family has always loved animals and being outdoors. I also love music, painting and photography. We live on a mini ranch and have, 2 miniature goats, 6 ducks, 6 cats, 2 dogs, 6 birds (1 Cockatiel, 1 Sun Conure, 1 Rose Breasted Cockatoo, 2 Eclectus and 1 Macaw.) When I am not out with our critters, I am usually hanging out with my family watching movies, sports, or painting. My daughter and I paint rocks and hide them all over Manteca with the hopes they will be found and brighten someone’s day.
Favorite KIDS City Story: There are so many stories I could tell of amazing things that have happened in KIDZ City with our students! One of my favorite things is to see the kids engaged in the lessons and have fun learning about The Good News. It’s an amazing thing to see them learn about God, what God’s word says and then implement it into their everyday lives. Another amazing thing is to see the kids grow in their faith and relationships with their leaders, it’s so fantastic to see them get excited and share the Gospel with their friends and family. It makes my heart sing.
I am the Early Childhood Coordinator. I get to recruit, train and schedule each of our TAG Team members who serve in Nursery through Kindergarten aged classrooms. I also get to plan, organize, prep and help implement all our two year through Kindergarten age weekly lesson plans. I enjoy introducing children to Jesus by bringing the bible to life with fun lessons, crafts, worship music, interactive videos, and story time. On Sunday’s, I help guide new families, assist classroom leaders as needed, and tend to maintaining ” all systems GO” in KIDZ City during Sunday morning services.
My Family: I met my husband, Robert, in High school & have been married for 16 years. We have 5 adventurous boys, Lucky (18), Nico (14), David (13), Roman (10) and Mateo (8). One of our favorite things to do is spend time with our family & friends. We love to explore new places with our boys & meet new people along the way. Between our adventures and many sports activities, there is never a dull moment.
Favorite Kids City Story: There are so many to choose from but one of my absolute favorites is was when I was in the hallway during pick up and heard a 2 year old so excited to tell her parents what she had learned in class. She was so proud to tell them that Jesus loves us and wants to be our friend forever!
I am the Early childhood assistant. I work closely with Theresa Salcido in planning, organizing, prepping and helping to implement all our two year through Kindergarten age weekly lesson plans. I also serve as a leader in the two years classroom with my family. My passion is working with children and sharing God’s love through fun Bible lessons, music and crafts that get them excited about Jesus! It is great to be part of a team that shares this same passion.
My family: I have been married to my husband, Keith for 11 years. We have a son, Collin 9 years and a daughter, Lindsay 6 years. I am a soccer mom! I love watching my kids play soccer and my husband coach! Pilates and running are my favorite. And I love anything on HGTV !