Bob Ver Burg
Bob Ver Burg is a retired public school teacher who lives in Arcadia. Along with his wife Patti, Bob has been part of the fellowship at SMCC since 1996. Together they are parents of three grown children. Bob served on the elder council from 2005-2011, then again from 2015 to the present. He has served as coordinator for adult classes at SMCC since 2009. More recently, he has served as a part of the Transition Team, chairing the missional subgroup of that team. He is also currently the elder responsible for the LIFEgroups ministry here at SMCC.
John loves walking alongside others on their journeys, and wrestling through with the Big Questions of life with them. He spends much of his time one-on-one with those who are attempting to follow Jesus Christ. John facilitates ongoing groups of men, families, artists and musicians, and anyone else who is seeking a place to love each other, celebrate God’s love together, and bless the world around them. John is passionate about creating opportunities for people to participate in worshipping the God of the universe together.
Abel serves as the College and Youth Pastor at SMCC. He grew up with seven siblings in Glendora, California. Shortly after high school he became a junior high intern at Christ Community Church of Laguna Hills. While praying and seeking the Lord’s will during this time, his passion and love for ministry increased. He is currently a student at Talbot Theological Seminary, earning his Masters of Divinity. Abel and his wife Sarah look with great anticipation to the unfolding of God's plan for their lives and how they might serve the Lord in the future. It his passion to see young people come to know and enjoy a relationship with Jesus Christ. He enjoys teaching, working with youth, building things, and working on cars.
Stephanie is the Children’s Ministry Director at SMCC and works primarily with the elementary-aged children, grades 1 to 5, in our Kid Port program. She believes that the most effective discipleship happens in the family and is constantly looking for opportunities to inspire our kids, equip our parents and support our families as we all get to know Jesus better and grow in relationship with him. Stephanie and her husband, Greg, have two elementary-aged children, Samantha (11) and Trevor (8) who are learning, growing, and serving along with their parents. In their spare time the Stonicks love to hike, camp, and be outdoors, but also enjoy a regular family movie night or game night with lots of candy.
Amanda is Director of Preschool Ministries at SMCC. She leads our early childhood program (Nursery – Kindergarten) on Sunday mornings. She also has the opportunity to lead a wonderful group of volunteers who serve our children and families. She wants to create a safe and loving environment, where even the youngest child will be inspired by God’s love, parents will be equipped and families are supported. Amanda and her husband, Billy, have been married for 10 years. They have a young daughter, Hazel. They love going to Disneyland and playing at the park with Hazel.
Chiyoko is SMCC’s “Friend to the Neighborhood, Internationals and Families” She is the coordinator of Mommy and Me classes, which include moms and kids from multiple cultures, and also leads a weekly park gathering for parents and kids. On many days Chiyoko can be found throughout the area just spending quality time with anyone she meets. On Sunday mornings, Chiyoko works as a cross-cultural children’s teacher, and is also developing a Life Group to understandAsian Cultures. As the leader of “FOIL”, she is an ambassador to internationals, students and faculty on local campuses. Chiyoko says that she is, “always surprised at who God brings my way, and I can’t wait to see what He includes me in."