Our Mission

Love God - Love people - Be the Church

In response to a question of what's the most important thing to do in life,               

Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength" 

and "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31).


As a small part of God's big, eternal, and global family, we make it our highest aim to live out these two commands and so "be the church" he's called us to be. We won't always get it right.  In fact, when we do love, it can only be in response to his initiating love -  one of Jesus' followers said that we only have the ability to consistently love "because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). 


Another reason why love and, thus, "being the church" has proved hard: Over the past century American churches have historically done 1-out-of-2 well - either Love God (Conservative Fundamentalists) or Love neighbor (Liberal Mainline Protestants) ... but rarely both. We believe that the love of God expressed supremely in the good news about Jesus compels us both to praise, honor, love Him in return while also serving our neighbor 'tastes' or 'appetizers' of His restorative good news through acts of mercy and justice. In fact, our new lead pastor just preached about this in one of his first messages with us (listen here). 


Our non-denominational church aims, thus, to walk the line of that radical middle of loving both God and neighbor. Furthermore, we invite you and all who worship with us to hold our leadership accountable if and when we fail to do either. 

OUR CORE BELIEFS

We believe in one God, Creator of all things who has eternally existing in a loving and relational unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Possessing infinite knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for himself and to renew all of creation for His glory (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:3-11).

Our Leadership MODEL

Elders

We believe a church is to be led by an eldership team with an elder chosen (Pastor) to lead the elder team as first among equals (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 1 Tim. 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11).  The elders, however, do not lead the church in isolation but are supported by appointed deacons and the members of the church. Deacons are specifically chosen to serve and help coordinate service in key areas of practical ministry. The members also fulfill an important function in the church by using their gifts to serve and edify the body and by providing timely input to our elders, who welcome it. Members at PCC also vote on major matters such as elder confirmation, annual budget, and changes to church by-laws. 


The counsel of Scripture indicates that the role of the elders is three-fold: Know - Lead - Feed. Elders know the people relationally through shepherding and prayer (Acts 20:36; 1 Peter 5:2; cf. Acts 6:4) Elders lead the church through their example of following Jesus (1 Peter 5:3), making decisions that benefit those under their oversight (1 Peter 5:2), and helping to ensure the church moves forward with one another in relational peace (1 Timothy 3:4-5).  Elders feed the church by teaching the Word of God (1 Timothy 4:2) not only corporately but in small groups and individually (Acts 20:20).

Our Elders

Erik Billing

Erik grew up in PCC where his grandfather helped build the current church facility. He trusted Christ at a young age and met his wife, Krista, when serving as co-leaders in the church youth group. He has been serving as an elder for over a decade and has one teenage son.  

Warren Ross

Warren and Faith moved to Petaluma in 1975. They joined PCC in the mid 70s. 



He retired from the City of Santa Rosa after 27 years. They have two sons and eight



grandchildren. Warren trusted Christ at an early age and has endeavored to serve



the church with passion into his 'senior' years.



His passion is for the seniors, pastoral care, and the Stephen's Ministry program. He is active in the community as a Hospice Volunteer and a member of 100 black Men of Sonoma county.  He enjoys going to the ocean, Whale watching, Traveling, and Bicycling. He is a Green Bay Packer fan, an Oakland A's fan and a San Francisco Giants Fan. His favorite scriptures are Romans 5: 1-11 and Psalm 19:4. 

TODD OVERZET  (not pictured)

Todd was blessed to have a Christian upbringing and by benefit, trusted Christ at an early age. He is currently retired. The added time afforded to him has allowed him to focus on activities previously denied due to full time employment. These include: Travel, Consulting, Cars, Staying in shape, and the on going home improvement/maintenance. He has been married to his wife Laura for 36 years. They have two sons, both of whom are married and currently have two grandchildren. Todd came to PCC in 2017 and currently serves on the Elder board, using the gifts God gave him to help guide the church, as it endeavors to serve the Lord.

Ryan Oelschlager

Ryan is - in order of importance - a husband, father, pastor, paddleboarder, basketballer, and golfer. He loves the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Chicago Bears. He and his wife of twenty years (Katie) care deeply about reaching the city of Petaluma for Jesus, with the good news about Jesus. He has two teenage sons who consider him still culturally relevant (barely) and who still do things with him in public. He received his masters in divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago and is currently working on a doctoral degree. He's served in pastoral ministry for nearly 20  years (most recently in the Cayman Islands for 9 years) and is delighted to be serving alongside the wonderful people of PCC as our lead pastor/elder.

Our KEY LEADERS

Faith ROss

Women's Ministry & Stewardship. Faith and her husband Warren have been members of PCC since the mid 70’s. They have two sons and eight grandchildren. Faith is a very active member of the church heading us the Stewardship Team, teaching Sunday School, working in the women’s ministry, and working in the Agape Women’s Ministry. She is also active in the community, she is president of the Petaluma Blacks for Community Development, and  serves on the Petaluma Community Relations Council (PCRC) and Sonoma County Human Rights Commission. She knows that is it not by works that she is saved, but by her faith in the love of God who sent his Son to die on the Cross for us. Her outreach is what she does in response to his love. Her favorite scripture in the Bible is Psalm 139:14-16.


GLORIA SUSTAITA

Women's Ministry, Missions Team, Deacon Coordinator. Gloria and her husband, Phil, have been members of PCC since 2008. While she was born and raised in Southern California, Northern California has been her home since 1982. She is a retired Research Administrator from UCSF, has three sons, two granddaughters, and one grandson. After joining PCC, she began serving in the Women’s Ministry and led it for 5 years. During that time she also served on the Deacon’s Ministry and has been the Chairperson since 2011. While continuing to serve in Women’s Ministry Leadership and the Deacon’s Ministry, she felt led to serve in the Missions Team Ministry in 2017 and has been on missions trips to the William Carey Memorial School in India and VBS in Belize and with Missions Month activities at PCC. She also serves on the Audio/Visual team for Sunday services and continues to be involved in other activities at PCC where needed. She is grateful for every opportunity to serve. From the time she became a believer in 1987, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares to the Lord….” has always spoken to her heart.

KEITH HEiDEN, JR.

Men's Group. Keith was raised in Novato and has lived in Petaluma since 2003.  He is retired after working for over 30 years in Public Safety.  He is a proud father of an adult daughter and an adult son. He has also been blessed with two grandchildren. Keith has been a believer since he was a child. He previously attended Calvary Chapel Petaluma and 360 Church of Petaluma, where he served as a Deacon, prior to coming to Petaluma Christian Church in 2017.  At PCC, Keith serves as an usher and greeter.  He also facilitates the Men’s Small Group.  Keith is thankful for the opportunity to serve our church.

Kathy Pearson

Prayer Ministry. Kathy was born in San Francisco, California. Her husband Brian and their family moved to Petaluma in 1976. They were blessed to find a Bible based church, Petaluma Christian Church. Kathy loves studying God’s word and is dedicated to our Prayer Ministry based on 1 Timothy 2:1 ‘I urge you, first of all to pray for all people,. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them and give thanks”. Please contact Kathy with a prayer request by clicking on her adjacent photo.

Tony welcker

Missions Team Lead. Tony has been a Christian for 42 years and has been a member at Petaluma Christian Church since 1993. He is currently the Missions Team Leader and has served as an elder; additionally, he teaches Junior High and High School on Sunday mornings. His favorite verse is John 15:13, “Greater Love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” and his favorite one-liner is “The smallest of good deed is greater than the grandest of good intentions.” His passion is to serve Christ at PCC and throughout the world

Billy Welsh

Adventurous Seniors. Join with other seniors for monthly excursions highlighted by adventure and fellowship. For more information, contact Billy by clicking on the adjacent picture.

Linda Dunlap

Children's Church Lead. Linda has over 40 years of teaching experience. She loves the Lord Jesus and is honored to serve him. Each Sunday morning our children get to see how all of the Bible points to the good news about Jesus - all while seeing how their story fits into God's story. For more information on Children's church, please contact Linda by clicking the adjacent photo.