Our Leadership

Our Elders

Our elders devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of God’s Word as they govern over our church (Acts 6:4).

They shepherd our congregation with the love of Christ (1Peter 5:1-3). They encourage the body of Christ at Voyagers and live life in his Spirit.

Elders: (top row, left to right) Michael Parra, Chris Hedrick, Gavin Hudson (bottom row, left to right) Robert Godfrey, Mark Schulz, Steve Albin.

Learn more about our Elders here.

Contact Elders: vbcelders@voyagers.org

Chris Hedrick

Lead Pastor

Favorite hobby? Surfing and mountain biking (and eating).

Favorite part of your job? Teaching (and eating).

What would be your perfect day? A lot of Bible and a lot of waves all with my family and then we find a buried treasure.

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Every time someone says, “that sermon was for me”.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Dairy Cow – when I look in their eyes it feels like they know something I don’t.

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Zephaniah 3:17 – The idea of God singing over me is incredible.

Favorite vacation location? Kauai

Best and most representative nickname? Just yell HEDRICK and I’ll come running.

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Netflix and my robot vacuum.

Clarke Brogger

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Favorite hobby? Outside activity—surfing/trail running/mountain and rock climbing

Favorite part of your job? Watching God bring people together in community

What would be your perfect day? Alone—early morning mountain climb/trail run to a big breakfast to nap to sunset surf session, or, all day with family, eating, laughing, playing

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? All that took place in and through our people during the 6-week “Uncomfortable Sermon” series, or baptizing my two daughters in the church baptismal

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? A mountain wolf; they don’t get messed with and can live in the mountains

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Exodus 14:4—The Lord will fight for me, I need only be still.”

Favorite vacation location? Angel Falls outside of Yosemite Valley

Favorite invention over the last 20 years?  Bluetooth devices

Lois Venanzi

Office Manager and Pastoral Team Administrator

Favorite hobby?   Traveling & cooking

Favorite part of your job?  Meeting people and helping them in whatever way I can, as I use my God-given giftedness in this job—also, being a part of our MOPS ministry as a Mentor Mom

What would be your perfect day?  Going on vacation to a warm location with my husband and family; playing cards or games with them

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years?  Bringing my grandchildren to church and watching them talk about Jesus!

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?  Remembering a sermon about “Dog and Cat Theology” years ago, I’d be a dog that is excited and eager to be with his Master!

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years?  Ephesians 3:14-19

Favorite vacation location?  Cabo San Lucas is a favorite family location, but seeing Porto, Portugal in Europe was so awesome and one of my favorites.

Best and most representative nickname?  My daughters gave me the nickname:  “LLCoolMom.”  Even though that can be interpreted many ways, it meant to me that they loved being with me.

Favorite invention over the last 20 years?  The iPhone, GPS and home computers!

Mark Vanlandingham

CARE AND COUNSELING PASTOR

Favorite hobby? Sports memorabilia and golf

Favorite part of your job? Observing the healing power of Jesus in people’s lives

What would be your perfect day? Being with family—and, the return of Jesus would make for a perfect day!

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Each time a new person joins our church and calls it home

If you could be any animal, what would it be?  A Black Mamba

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Proverbs 3:5-6—It is a constant reminder to pour all of my trust in Him!

Favorite vacation location? Lake Powell, Utah

Best and most representative nickname?  My nicknames are “Pops” from my grandchildren, “Sweetie” from my wife and “Van” from my friends.

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? The camera on my iPhone makes me look like a professional photographer!

Michael Risley

Prayer and Disciple-making Pastor

Favorite hobby? Hiking and mountain biking

Favorite part of your job? Making disciple-makers who make disciple-makers

What would be your perfect day?  Prayer walk–kiss wife–hike and worship God with some friends–kiss wife–flank steak dinner–kiss wife!

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Leading people to Jesus!

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Grizzly Bear—when we came from the old country, we changed our name to Risley!

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Galatians 2:20

Favorite vacation location? Maui

Best and most representative nickname? Riz

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? E-Bikes

Ben Sweet

Worship Pastor

Favorite hobby? Writing and recording music, surfing
 
Favorite part of your job? Investing in the next generation of pastors and leaders
 
What would be your perfect day? Wake up at 10am, eat a breakfast burrito from Orange Inn on the beach with my wife, go surf, with some music with friends, play some Overwatch, fall asleep
 
Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Getting hired!
 
If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? An owl; they are wise and can fly.
 
Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Hosea 2:14
 
Favorite vacation location? London
 
Best and most representative nickname? Ben
 
Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Blockbuster Video

Cami Marchand

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

cmarchand@voyagers.org

Favorite hobby? Hiking and camping.
 
Favorite part of your job? Listening to kids pray!
 
What would be your perfect day? Waking up somewhere remote and beautiful, hiking with my dog, napping in a hammock, an intense wiffle ball game with family, and dinner cooked over a bonfire.
 
Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Talking with the leaders about Childrens Ministry and seeing how much they love kids.
 
If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? I would be my dog, Clara, because I would get treated very well and I would be able to run super fast.
 
Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? 1 Peter 5:6-11 Stay humble and know that God has it all under control. 
 
Favorite vacation location? Trinity Lake in Northern California
 
Best and most representative nickname? Cam-Bone. My oldest brother calls me Cam-Bone and our brother Terry, T-Bone. Oldest sibling privilege I guess.
 
Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Life360 and Tile GPS trackers so I can find my phone and keys when I lose them.

Eddie Russek

Tech Director

Favorite hobby? Collecting vintage synthesizers and repairing them and recording with them!

Favorite part of your job? Every Sunday morning is like a family reunion. I love celebrating through music with the whole body.

What would be your perfect day? 65 degrees, partly cloudy, no work or school

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Moving the subwoofers up on top of the stage

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? T-Rex—I might have a shot to be an extra in the new Jurassic Park.

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? 1 peter 5:7

Favorite vacation location? Portland, OR

Best and most representative nickname? Squidward

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Tesla coil

Tyler Levesque

Audio / Visual Tech

Favorite hobby? Writing/recording music

Favorite part of your job? The people that I work with in our office & the creative/loose nature of my work

What would be your perfect day? Well, I love working, making videos, watching Netflix with my girlfriend, hanging with with people in the office, playing handball, hanging with JH students, getting early morning coffee with my girlfriend, watching Survivor with the Cardinio’s, writing and recording music, cleaning my house, going on night drives, and playing golf—so any day that contains those things

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Worship Camp 2019

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Dog, because I love sticking my head out the window of a car.

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? John 4

Favorite vacation location? Hawaii or Prague

Best and most representative nickname? “Levek” or “Leveskwah” or “T”

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Macbook

Kristen Opre

Student Ministries Administrative Director

Favorite hobby? Anything DIY I can attempt to create

Favorite part of your job? Walking alongside our students & leaders, listening to their stories and loving on them

What would be your perfect day? Relaxing in the sun, listening to a book while being crafty, just a quiet day without distractions

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Serving and hanging out with the HS group at Hume Lake, and watching them grow in community by loving one another and God!

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? A deer, check out Heart Runs by Eagle and Child & Psalm 42.

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Favorite vacation location? Anywhere where it’s warm and with a slight breeze, but not stifling hot or humid

Best and most representative nickname? OPRE!!

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Electric car

Davis Gastelum

High School Pastor

Favorite hobby? Spontaneous pick-up games (basketball, football, & handball)

Favorite part of your job? When a student is curious enough about God and their faith to ask me questions

What would be your perfect day? Going out for brunch with my wife, followed by a few productive errands, a true 60-minute nap, lounging at the pool sometime in between 2-4pm on a warm day, and capped off with a home-cooked dinner/games with family or friends

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Hume Lake Summer of 2018 when I decided to step into the High School Pastor role full-time

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? A horse, specifically the Trojan Horse, because I’m full of surprises

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? The Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20). If high school students here at Voyagers take even one step in reaching their world with the good news of Jesus, it justifies all the time and effort we’ve spent together. 

Favorite vacation location? Maui, Hawaii

Best and most representative nickname? Big Wave Dave

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? The Easy-Up;  there are no downsides to having shade wherever you are, especially in California. And it’s so dang easy!

Aaron Cardinio

Junior High Pastor

Favorite hobby? Fishing

Favorite part of your job? Spending time with kids

What would be your perfect day? Surfing “firing” El Moro

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Baptizing students at lagoon night last year

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Dolphin–I want to breathe under water.

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Mark 1:15; I love this call to “repent” or rethink everything I think I know and believe the good news of the gospel. 

Favorite vacation location? Kihei, Maui

Best and most representative nickname? Dino

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Game of Connect 4

Amie Parra

Early Childhood Director

Favorite hobby? Reading, listening to podcasts, and hiking

Favorite part of my job? The kids, their families, and the teachers!  I love seeing the kid’s excitement as they learn about who God is, and I love that I’m able to watch and be a part of helping them grow spiritually.  It’s such a joy to watch the little ones learn basic theology!  I also love how I’ve been able to get to know their families.  Here at Voyagers, we have so many engaged and intentional parents, and I love learning from them.  I also love walking down the hallways during small group times, and listening to the amazing teachers sharing with the kids about who God is, and inviting the kids into a deeper relationship with him. 

What’s your perfect day? Just being able to be out somewhere, making fun memories with my kids and husband

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last two years? Philippians 1:6

Favorite Vacation location? Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Abby Montplaisir

Children's Ministry Intern

Favorite hobby? Reading and writing

Favorite part of your job? Getting to play games and talk to the kids about Jesus!

What would be your perfect day? Reading at a coffee shop with friends, going to Disney for fireworks and a churro, and then end the night with a movie and hot cocoa

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years?  Being hired to work year round after being a children’s ministry summer intern for three years

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Penguin, because they are so cool AND the soundtrack to Surf’s Up is amazing.

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Mark 5:23-43 – let’s grab coffee and talk about how God’s love, healing, and plan are so evident in this story.

Favorite vacation location? Anywhere with my best friends  

Best and most representative nickname? Absterz

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? GPS—how else would I know how to get anywhere?! Just kidding, I know how to read maps but this is so much easier

James Benjamin

Media Coordinator

Favorite hobby? Creating and updating spaces in my home

Favorite part of my job?  Getting to create

What would be your perfect day? Rainy and cloudy, sweats, a good movie or a series to binge, and a pour over coffee all in the comfort of my own home

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the past two years? Seeing the support and love of all the staff and members grow daily

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? A fun cat—I’m a dog person with a cat personality.

Favorite verse over the past two years? Isaiah 43:19

Favorite vacation location? Tulum, Mexico

Best and most representative nickname? Jabes, JB, anything Clarke calls me really

Favorite Invention over the last 20 years? The iPhone

Kim Coyle

Bookkeeper

Favorite hobby? Gardening

Favorite part of your job? Interacting with my co-workers and the other people who visit our church each day

What would be your perfect day? Spending it with my family at the beach

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Single Service Sunday when we had a “True Family” luncheon

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? I would be a dolphin. They are very social, they travel, are smart and I love the ocean.

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Deuteronomy 31:8

Favorite vacation location? Florence, Italy

Best and most representative nickname? Kimmers

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Hybrid cars

Tish Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Favorite hobby? Golf

Favorite part of your job? Keyboarding

What would be your perfect day? Cloudy and cool

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Ongoing daily interaction with staff

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Horse, I just like them.

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Favorite of all time is: 1 Cor. 13:4-13.

Favorite vacation location? Hawaii

Best and most representative nickname? Tish

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? GPS

Susan Coker

Receptionist

Favorite Hobby? Reading, movies, and my grandchildren

Favorite part of my job? Personal relationships

What would be your perfect day? Reading, going to a good movie, spending time with friends/kids/grandkids

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Single Service Sunday with family lunch on the patio

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Elephant—because of their faithfulness and love for their family

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? Psalm 30:11a “You have turned for me mourning into dancing …”.

Favorite vacation location? Santa Barbara

Best and most representative nickname?  “No Filter”

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? Cellphone/GPS

Warren Sharpe

Facilities Director

Favorite Hobby? Golf and wine tasting

Favorite part of my job?  Serving others, and sharing the love of Christ

What would be your perfect day? Being with family, hiking, resting on a sunny beach then finish at a Michelin rated restaurant

Favorite moment at Voyagers in the last 2 years? Cooking for the Rooted group

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Lion—he is powerful and fearless

Verse or passage that has meant the most to you over the last 2 years? 2 Tim.1:7

Favorite vacation location? Kauai or Santorini

Favorite invention over the last 20 years? 3D printer

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