Staff


Church Pastors


  • Sam Knottnerus

    Family Pastor

    Sam grew up in Chicago at the church where AWANA clubs was born. He met his amazing wife Evie, while studying at Moody Bible Institute and they were married in 1995. In 2009, they moved to California when Evie received the prestigious Dean's scholarship to attend Fuller Theological Seminary. Two years after joining the staff at Arcadia, Sam and Evie adopted their daughter Elizabeth; a miracle story worth hearing. Sam's family loves to use their gift of hospitality to create welcoming spaces for people to connect. They are known for their infectious love for people of all ages.

     

    Sam is currently pursuing a MAGL at Fuller. His favorite Starbucks beverage is a hot Soy Carmel Macchiato. One of Sam's favorite Bible passages. It is his prayer that this truth would be embodied in his life: We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too. - 1 Thessalonians 2:8   

APP - Preschool


  • Billie Turner

    Preschool Director

    Billie Turner is a native Californian, born and raised in Covina. She has been involved in ministry since she was born. Her parents, Rev. Fred and Willie Jordan, began taking her to Skid Row when she was 5 weeks old. She began working with her parents part time after school when she was 11 and full time after high school, at the Fred Jordan Mission in downtown Los Angeles. Ten years ago she took a break from Skid Row and began working at Sonrise Christian School in Covina. She began as a teacher’s aide and moved up to director. Three years ago God moved her to Orange County Head Start. She was blessed to train and coach over 400 teachers and directors as the Education/Mental Health/Disabilities Specialist. She went back to college several years ago for Early Childhood Development and is now in a degree completion program through Vanguard University with a graduation date summer, 2014. She wanted her education to catch up to her life experience. Billie accepted the Lord at VBS when she was 4 years old. She has loved and worked with children and their families her entire life! She has been married to her wonderful husband, Jim, who is also a PK, for almost 32 years and they have 2 miracle children and 1 amazing daughter-in-law! Billie’s husband is a pastor and also works in air conditioning/heating to provide for the family. Billie has followed Jesus her entire life and just wants God to be glorified through everything she does! Billie’s father used to say: Billie has NEVER met a stranger!   

  • Joanna Rodriguez

    Preschool Administrative Assistant


Youth Ministry


  • Andrew Ritiau

    Director of Youth and Creative Arts

    Andrew is a Southern California native. He is a graduate of Biola University and holds a Masters of Music from Cal State University Los Angeles. He has been involved with worship ministry from the age of 10 and now serves as our Director of Youth and Creative Arts. 

     

    "It is my joy in life to be used by Jesus Christ to connect people with Him. More than anything else, the one thing I hope to impart to people is that God, in His infinite wisdom, power, and love, is worthy of our lives and desires to intimately work in and through them in ways beyond our best imagination."

Children's Ministry


  • Maryann Gabo

    Preschool Co-coordinator


  • Alison DeSurra

    VBS Director


Office Admin


  • Sonja Woosley

    Operations Manager


  • Erin Cruz

    Office Manager


  • Dede Schneider

    Accountant


Media


  • Shawn Halim

    Worship Leader & Graphic Designer


  • Amir Abdelmalek

    Video Assistant


Custodians


  • Mark Read


  • Tony Rutherford


  • Adrian Avila


Arcadia Conservatory of Music


  • Christina Liu

    Coordinator