charley scandlyn, senior pastor
Charley Scandlyn’s ministry focuses on helping people live in the way of Jesus. He speaks on relationships, adolescence, parenting, leadership and spiritual formation. Charley has an MA in theology from Fuller Seminary and a BS in Business from San Diego State. Charley was the founding executive director for the Ravenswood Education Foundation in East Palo Alto in support of public schools, and coached sports in Menlo Park for almost 20 years. Charley and his wife Nicole have seven kids.
jaron cheung, Associate Minister of Youth, Young Adults, & Community Engagement
Jaron is a leader and creative advocate with over ten years in education, youth-centered ministry and non-profits in Southern California and North Carolina. Born and raised in Fremont, CA, to two deaf parents, Jaron is a proud Bay Area native and member of the Deaf community. With a professional history of leading at-risk students, Jaron’s focus is on youth and cultivating the whole person. Jaron holds an MA in Theological Studies from Duke University and a BA from UC, Riverside. He holds a California teaching credential and is a competitive mixed martial artist.
Follow Jaron: @jaroncee, @philthymind
KATE LAMONT, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS &
ASSISTANT WORSHIP LEADER
Originally from the heartland, Kate Lamont fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to the Bay Area in 2012 with her son, Noah. Kate is a creative artist who also loves organization. For the last 10 years, Kate has worked in business operations and music ministry in tandem. She loves people and process and gets deep satisfaction from serving and adding value to her community.
AMANDA PANDJIRIS, Associate minister of KIDS
Amanda Pandjiris is our New Community Kids associate minister. She loves working with kids because they tell funny jokes and share their honest insights about life. Amanda grew up in Los Altos and graduated from Vanderbilt University. She was formerly a teacher in Burlingame and also served as director of Kids Ministry at Central Peninsula Church’s south campus. Amanda and her husband, Tony, have two sons, Andy and Colin who attend Menlo Park schools.
Dave Peterson, pastor
Dave grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and thrives in creating socially safe communities for people to connect, discover commonality within differences, and experience authentic connection with God. His ministry has focused on spiritual formation growth through the power of community. Before becoming a pastor, Dave spent 17 years as a retail investment broker. He holds an M.Div. from Fuller Seminary and volunteers at East Palo Alto Prep Academy. Dave and his wife Kristina have three girls and live in Menlo Park.
Alice siu, part-time director of infrastructure
Alice is a native of the Bay Area - growing up in San Francisco and traveling down to Stanford for her undergraduate (Economics, Public Policy) and graduate degrees (Political Science, Communication). She is the Deputy Director of Stanford's Center for Deliberative Democracy and travels the world to advise governments and policymakers. She has also served on local non-profit boards including PAMP, the Parents' Club for Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Aisea Lupeheke Taimani, associate minister of worship
Aisea is a creative artist and psalmist, born and raised in Newark, California, by his parents, Pastors Vaka and Neomai Taimani. Aisea grew up serving alongside his family at the First Tongan Assembly of God Church in San Carlos, where his mother and father still serve. Over the past 20 years, Aisea has focused on serving youth and congregations as a creative psalmist, speaking, performing, and teaching both internationally and nationally. Aisea released first full record “Closer To Home” in November 2018.
Follow him at: @samuraisea @weareminorislands
Ever turcios, Part-time associate minister
Ever is an associate minister at New Community Church manages accounting and other operations. He is also the pastor at Verbo Church in Tracy. Born in Guatemala, Ever immigrated to California in 1995. He has served at Verbo Ministries since 1997, been a Board Member since 2010, and is a recognized Minister for Verbo Ministries International. He and his wife Nancy have been married for ten years and have two daughters.
KARLI ZARCONE, Director of COMMUNICATIONS
Karli grew up in Bellevue, Washington, and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from Westmont College, Santa Barbara. She previously served as director of human resources at a children’s hospital, and has volunteered with Young Life, high school ministry, and women’s ministry. Karli and her husband Zack have lived in the Bay Area since they got married in 2009. They recently moved to Half Moon Bay with their two boys, Tennyson and Clinton, and their dog Whiskey.
New Community Church Board
Board members provide strategic and spiritual guidance and financial and governance oversight: