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.

Andy Shoemaker

Teaching Pastor & Tech Lead
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).

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.

Chanel Young

Pastoral Assistant & Guest Services
Chanel loves on our church family so well and has been running the entire children's department without breaking a sweat for the past 3 years. She recently took the position of Pastoral Assistance, and is killing it! 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!)

Michael Cienkowski

Facilities and First Impressions Pastor
Michael is an absolute delight, and keeps our building sparkling clean and ready for guests at all times. She provides leadership to our first impressions team. When she's not at East Ave, she's managing the Johnson House and working toward her degree in Pastoral Studies.

Sam Wood

Recovery and Small Groups Pastor
Sam provides visionary leadership for our twelve step recovery  program, Serenity as well as coordinates our adult small group program, Life Labs. Sam is married to his wife Harmony and he is used to watching the Oakland A's never win the last game of the season.