Darren and Kristen have been married for over 30 years and have been attending SBC serving in various ministries for at least 25 of those years. Darren came to know Christ as his Savior at an early age and recommitted his life to him 24 years ago. His ministry to the church family has included being a LifeGroup leader multiple times over many years, Crown Ministries financial coach, building committee member for the Worship Center, Children’s Building, and The Commons complex, along with various electrical and construction projects, mission team member to Ensenada, Mexico, leader for the annual Homesteader Growth Group Yosemite Lakes campout, TeenWorks mentor, men’s softball, helping those in need (wood cutting, weed eating, home moving projects), and sharing his love for Christ with those at work.
Matt began attending Sierra Bible Church as a single back in the mid 1990’s. A few years after becoming a Christian, he married the love of his life, Stephanie. They now have three children: Payton, Samuel and Noah. Matt and Stephanie are passionate about serving and encouraging young families in the church and LifeGroup ministry. Matt’s ministry experience includes youth ministry, children’s ministry, LifeGroups, Foster Care, short-term missions projects and outreach to the local homeless population. Matt and Stephanie are strong advocates for Foster Care and adoption, especially to families who are part of the body of Christ. Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom who home schools their three children. She is a terrific cook, so they love to have people in their home. Matt is an insurance agent at Caldwell Insurance Agency. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, reading, drinking coffee, making pizza and SF Giants baseball.
Ralph has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ginny, for 30+ years. They have four adult children. They grew up in Southern California (Orange County) and moved to Sonora in 1987, where they have attended Sierra Bible and have been involved in various ministries including kids, Awana, high school, worship, Moms in Prayer (Ginny), building committee, and elders. Ralph was also the Project Manager for construction of the Worship Center in 1999. Ralph is a realtor for Prudential California Realty, and his wife, Ginny, teaches at Sonora Elementary School. Favorite past-times include skiing (water and snow), biking, backpacking, fishing, tennis, and playing guitar. Fun fact: Before moving to Sonora, Ralph was the manager of the “world’s largest indoor ski resort” in Southern California.
Craig is a Tuolumne County native. His family roots to the County extend back to the 1850’s when they came to mine gold. After graduation from local schools, Craig earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with a Business Minor from Fresno State. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Ruth, for 35+ years. They have three grown children (William, James and Christa) and several grandchildren. Ruth is a substitute teacher. Craig currently serves as the Tuolumne County Administrative Officer. They enjoy the mountains and coast and spending time with their family and many close friends. Craig and Ruth have been active members of Sierra Bible Church since 1984. Craig has served in a variety of ministries at SBC over the years: worship team, Awana, Junior High, High School, Adult Sunday School, short-term missions, financial counseling, Building Committee, and Board of Elders. Ruth has been involved in many of the same areas, as well as serving as a leader in Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) and Moms in Prayer. They see their ministry roles evolving to that of mentors and coaches to the next generation of believers at SBC.
Mark and Louise have been married for many years and have been attending Sierra Bible Church for most of their married life, where they have raised their four boys who are now grown adults. Mark has enjoyed teaching in various ministries and has also been given the opportunity to preach a number of times over the years. It was a “love at first sight” moment for Mark and Louise when they first met while in college in the Bay Area, where Mark completed a BS in Business Administration and Louise went on to become a 3rd grade teacher. She is currently the caregiver for their disabled son, coordinates the church’s Welcome Center newcomers team, and keeps all the men in the house happy with her tasty cooking. The entire family participates in raising funds for a cure for Chad’s disease. Mark has also done extensive work on a theology degree from Western Seminary and graduated with another BS degree in Nursing. He is working at Sonora Regional Medical Center and wants to begin some mission trips in the future. Together, the family enjoys traveling, adaptive quadding and surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, water volleyball, tennis, and every day the Lord gives them!
Steve grew up in Livermore, California. His dad was a pastor at the Baptist Church there. In his professional life, Steve’s experience ranged from being a Computer Operator at Livermore Lab to owning and operating a furniture and floor coverings business in Sonora. Having grown up in the church, Steve gave his heart to Jesus at an early age. While he drifted away from Christ in his early adult life, Steve recommitted his life to Christ in the mid 90’s. Steve and his wife Linda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November. They have 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Steve and Linda started attending SBC approximately 22 years ago. Both have been active in ministry here with Steve serving in a variety of areas such as: sound and lighting technician, creative arts team member, worship ministries leadership team, Christmas and Easter program planning, short-term mission trips, and member of SBC’s missions team.