Church Staff


Pastoral Staff

Dean Matteson, Senior Pastor
Pastor Matteson moved to California with his family in 1987 to plant West Valley Church in Lancaster. In 1993 the church took the name Faith Community Church when it was graciously given the property and building of Faith Community Church in Palmdale. Before moving to California, Pastor Matteson served as the senior pastor of a church in Indiana for 10 years. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Trinity International University in Illinois, and Azusa Pacific University in California. Pastor Matteson and his wife, Audrey, have two grown children named Doug and Deann as well as three grandchildren.

Saul Hernandez, Pastor of Spanish Ministry
Pastor Saul has served as our full-time Spanish pastor since 2010. He has been a Christian since 1995. He and his family have been attending Faith since 1999, and a short time later he became one of our elders. They have participated in both our English and Spanish congregations during that time. His wife, Carolina, serves as a part-time secretary in our Spanish ministry. They have three grown children named Britney, Jonathan, and Joseph as well as one grandchild.

Josh Kornoff, Pastor of Men's and Seniors' Ministries
Pastor Josh started his ministry at Faith in 2005. He served as our director of children's ministry until 2014. Now he oversees our men's and seniors' ministries. Pastor Josh is a 2002 graduate of The Master's University. In addition, he graduated from The Master's Seminary with his Master of Divinity degree in 2006. Pastor Josh and his wife, Nicole, have two children: Adam and Allison.
Curtis Lewis, Pastor of Missions Ministry
Curtis has been on staff at Faith since 2000. He served as a high school intern for several years before becoming the director of assimilation and discipleship in 2002. Then he was our director of youth ministry from 2004 until 2008. Now he oversees our missions ministry. Curtis graduated from The Master's University in 2002. In addition to his ministry responsibilities at Faith, he is the women's soccer coach at his alma mater. Curtis and his wife, Deann, have three children: Titus, Natalie, and Haven.
Clint McClure, Director of Children's Ministry
Clint joined our staff in 2014. Prior to that time he served in our children's ministry as a summer intern for six years and then as a full-time intern for one year. He currently oversees all our ministries for children including Sunday school, Awana, vacation Bible school, and Camp Faith. Clint graduated from The Master's University in 2011. He and his wife, Bessie, have one daughter named Cora.
Brad Norman, Director of Assimilation and Discipleship
Brad has been serving at Faith since 2005. He helps new people connect to our church and coordinates our small group ministry. He also manages our membership process and updates our website. Brad received his Master of Divinity degree in 2009 and his Master of Theology degree in 2014 from The Master's Seminary. He is continuing his studies at his alma mater by pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in New Testament. He and his wife, Michelle, have five children: Hannah, Sarah, Abigail, Lydia, and David.
Mark Schweitzer, Associate Pastor
Pastor Mark came to serve at Faith in 2007. He served as the senior pastor of Harvest Community Church in Palmdale before it merged with Faith in 2007. He oversees the evangelism and outreach programs as well as our baptism process. He also assists Pastor Matteson in the counseling ministry at Faith. Pastor Mark graduated from The Master's Seminary with his Master of Divinity degree in 1998. He and his wife, Nickie, have three children: Stephen, Brooke, and Madison.
Jason Wick, Director of Youth Ministry
Jason has been our director of youth ministry since 2009. He served at Faith as a children's ministry intern for three summers before serving as a high school intern in 2007 and 2008. Jason oversees all the middle school, high school, and college ministries at Faith. His main focus is the high school ministry. Jason graduated from The Master's University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Christian education and youth ministry. He and his wife, Rachel, have two daughters: Everleigh and Emilia.

Support Staff


Les Counts, Worship Leader
Les ministers at Faith as the worship leader and main pianist during our services. He has been on our staff since 2004. He is a graduate of California State University in Long Beach and has his master's degree from Juilliard School of Music in New York. Les and his wife, Becky, have three children: Rachel, Jacob, and Heidi.

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Anne Galick, Women's Director
Anne serves part time as the women's ministry director at Faith. She joined the staff in May 2018. She and her husband, Don, have two grown children: MacKenzie and Dalton.


Carolina Hernandez, Church Secretary
Carolina has been on our staff since 2009. She started as a part-time secretary working primarily with our Spanish ministry. Since 2017 she also serves as one of our church secretaries. Her husband, Pastor Saul, is our Spanish pastor. They have three grown children named Britney, Jonathan, and Joseph as well as one grandchild.


Jesus Patino
Jesus works full-time at Faith as our custodian. He serves behind the scenes to maintain our facilities and prepare them for our Sunday services, regular ministries, and special events. He has been part of our staff since 2013. He and his wife, Lilia, are part of our Spanish congregation.

Nikki Pencille, Awana Secretary
Nikki works part-time as our Awana secretary and serves primarily with the younger clubs. She also oversees our nursery ministry. She has been on staff at Faith since 2016. She and her husband, Trevor, have two children: Gavin and Rebecca.


Jan Smith, Financial Secretary
Jan served as our church secretary from 1993 until 2017 when she retired from full time ministry. But she continues to work part time at the church, using her experience to help with the church finances. Her husband, Steve, is one of our deacons. They have two grown sons: Ryan and Tim.