Meet our leadership
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Jim Valentine - Lead Pastor
Jim and his family came to us at the end of May, 2021. He is very relational, with a heart for helping people grow in deeper relationship with Christ and with others. Jim was the Lead Pastor at Tulip Street Christian Church in Mitchell, Indiana, for five years, and prior to that, he served as Discipleship Minister at Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Bedford, Indiana, for four years. Before entering the ministry full time, Jim worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as an Immigration Officer, and the Indiana State Police as a Trooper, before an injury cut his law enforcement career short.
Jim received his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Master’s International University of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana, in 2008. In 1992, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, with a minor in Psychology, from Indiana University. Jim and his wife, Guyanne, have three children, Hailey (22), Ashton (20), and Eli (16), all of whom made the move to California with them.
Rich Ayala - Worship and Music Director
Tara Williams - Children's Ministries Director And Preschool Co-Director
Tara has been part of the wider ARCC family for many years, working as the Assistant Director at The Wonder-Land Preschool, and has recently come on staff as our Children’s Ministries Director. Tara has a heart not only for the kids, but for the families of those kids. She and her husband, Brandon, have three children.
Karen Brock - Creative Communications Specialist
Karen uses her gifts and talent in preparing the weekly projection slides for all the music and the message PowerPoint, as well as running those programs on Sunday morning and for special events. She and her husband, Alan, have been at ARCC for several years, giving generously of their time in serving ARCC, and she is always looking for new talent to engage in this ministry! Please contact her if you might be interested in joining this team. Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also an awesome cookie maker…
Eli Valentine - Web & Social Media Tech
Eli came as part of the package when Pastor Jim was brought on board, and he has immediately taken on the task of translating our timeless message of Jesus to a new culture in the online realm. Eli manages the Sunday morning livestream, as well as design and maintenance of this website and other online and social media platforms for ARCC. He brings an infectious interest in all things tech and a passion for making Christ and His church accessible to the masses 24/7, and a cooperative attitude and real-world experience working with churches to achieve the goal of effective online communication. If you are wired like he is, he would love to engage you in the work he’s doing! He is homeschooled, currently a senior.
Amy Potratz - Administrator
Amy is the wife of a Pastor at another local church in the area and a happy mother of five. Using her skills and working knowledge of church ministry life, she was happy to re-enter the workforce as her little brood is growing up and not so little anymore. Amy is excited to dig in and help wherever the need arises.