Meet the team!

Ron Zimmer

Teaching Pastor
Ron came to Chico as the teaching pastor in the summer of 2002. He spent a decade as a youth pastor in the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University. He has a lovely wife, Susie, two gorgeous adult daughters, two adorable grandkids that he spoils rotten, and a delightfully neurotic dog named Tater.

Jeremy Rhodes

Teaching & Family Pastor
Jeremy (aka the Archbishop of Minors) joined the team in 2016 and has been wrangling teenagers for Jesus ever since! He graduated Azusa Pacific University in 2002 and got his Masters from Western Seminary in 2018. Jeremy has a stunning wife, Elizabeth, two and half teenagers, a stand-up bass, and an addiction to Marvel comic books.

Kimie Robins

Web Involvement & Media
Kimie has been beating the grand piano into submission and belting her heart out here at East Ave Church for the past 15 years. She has a hunky husband, John, and 3 spicy little girls. When she's not at church, you can usually find her planning her next super nerdy cosplay or dreaming about Disneyland.

Chanel Young

Kids Zone Director
Chanel loves on our kiddos so well and has been running the entire children's department without breaking a sweat for the past 3 years. She and her husband Chris have their hands full - 3 teenage boys who keep them on their toes, and a sweet little girl (who we know is actually the boss of that whole posse!)

Holly Shippen

Office Management
Holly is the office queen, and she totally rocks at it! Holly makes sure that everything behind the scenes in the office runs smoothly. Holly and her husband Chris have two delightful teenagers, and every once in a while have a menagerie of farm animals.

Michael Cienkowski

Building Maintenance
Michael is an absolute delight, and keeps our building sparkling clean and ready for guests at all times. When she's not at East Ave, she's managing the Johnson House and working toward her degree in Social Work - going to school full time! We're not entirely sure when she finds time to sleep!

Andy Shoemaker

Tech Guru & Web Ministry
Andy is the tech nerd with the mostest! Don't let his snazzy degree in tuba performance trick you - he is also a pastor and brings a ton of experience and heart to the team! Andy has a masters degree from Point Loma Nazarene University (and his Tuba BA from Azusa Pacific). Andy and his lovely wife Sarah have two fantastic boys who aspire to be musicians like their dad (and professional Lego testers).