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Jim Swaney hails from Southern California and Orange County. He holds a bachelors and a masters degree from Hope International University, and has been in ministry for over 30 years. Jim met his wife Lisa at the first Bible study he ever taught, in college. They’ve been married over 35 years. They have two adult children, Christina and Tyler. Both kids are married and in full-time ministry. They are also blessed with two super grandkids: Cami and Cade! Oh, and another grandaughter is on the way! Jim loves sports: volleyball, tennis, golf and basketball. He loves to read and listen to talk radio. You’ll find him most mornings over at Crunch Fitness Center in Santa Rosa. He and Lisa are thrilled to be serving here and are actively exploring Sonoma County. His favorite quote: “Our redemption is not coming in on Air Force One.” Contact Jim at: jim@sebchristian.com

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Luke is a Sebastopol native! He received his Bachelor’s from Hillsdale College, Michigan, in Philosophy and Religion with a minor in Biology. His passion for knowing God kindled and he became aware of that the need for strong theological and spiritual guidance which he enjoys sharing with students. Luke attended the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics, an adjunct of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and worked with undergraduate Christian organizations across England. He graduated from the OCCA with a certificate in Christian apologetics and pastoral studies. He is currently pursuing concurrent masters degrees in philosophy and theology at the Dominican School for Philosophy and Theology. Contact Luke at: leukocyte64@gmail.com


Lisa was born and raised in Sacramento, Calfornia and later moved to Southern California (Orange County) in college, where she and Jim met, where they lived until they moved to Seb Christian 2 1/2 years ago. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Hope International University, and worked professionally in the field of education, both as a teacher and administrator, for over 30 years. However, her greatest joy has always been ministering alongside Jim for the 35+ years they have been married! She is passionate about coffee, snow-skiing, hiking, her family, and most importantly the Word of God! She has lead Womens Bible studies for over 21 years, has spoken and taught at many womens conferences, and loves connecting people to the life of the Church!

You can contact Lisa at: lisakswaney@gmail.com


Betty Anne is a long-time Sonoma County resident. She has three grown sons and one grandson. She taught Sunday school while her children were growing up and was an Elder in her previous church. She coached under 10 girls’ soccer and refereed youth soccer for years in Rohnert Park. Betty Anne enjoys sharing the truth about God’s love and grace with our children and helping them discover, through Bible lessons and conversation, the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus. Our current curriculum is based on the beautiful ‘Jesus Storybook Bible’. The age-appropriate lessons and activities provide a foundation upon which our children can build their faith and understanding of our Lord’s love and faithfulness. Children’s Christian music and bible memory verses complement the lessons and provide touchstones for the children during the week.

Contact Betty Anne at: bagould@sebchristian.com



Patty LD Bio


Patty has been attending Sebastopol Christian Church for approximately 38 years with her family of 6 children and husband, Gary.  She has been serving as the church treasurer for the past 17 years.  She also sings in the choir and chairs the Book Club and is on the missions committee.  She also loves to attend the Crafting Group that meets on Thursday mornings.  Her hobby is quilting.  She has made quilts for all of her children, and is working on making them for all of her grandchildren (11!).

Worship Coordinator:
April McDonald

April coordinates our worship and tech teams and plays piano or keyboard for our weekend services. She also teaches high school math. She lives in Sebastopol with her two daughters, Kelly and Julia.

Contact April at: amcdonald@sebchristian.com


Gabriel is a Sonoma county native and graduated from El Molino High School in Forestville, California. He found the youth group in High School and when he gratuated he became a youth worker. Gabe is pursuing culinary arts, and attends SRJC full time (he also happens to bring the snack for youth group). 

 gene3 Media & Tech Director:
Gene Naber

Gene and his wife Dianne found their home at Sebastopol Christian Church more than 30 years ago. He helps lead in areas of sound, video, lighting, streaming, video presentation, and website. He loves to learn new things and reads tech manuals like most people read novels. Gene has been involved in our tech and media ministry for several years. Gene has a genuine passion to serve the Lord by using his many gifts. In his free time, Gene sings with the Sebastopol Senior Singers, and is his grandsons' football team videographer. Gene and Dianne have three children and five grandchildren and are blessed to have them all living locally. gene@sebchristian.com

   kathy2 Missions:
Kathy McCarty

Kathy McCarty, RN MSN has been serving at Chidamoyo Christian Hospital in the bush of Zimbabwe for over 25 years. Kathy grew up in our church, and we are honored to be able to fully support her. Kathy is the nurse in charge who oversees the hospital. Patients receive not only quality health care but the good news about Jesus as well. She is a pioneer in the treatment and education of AIDS patients. People walk for miles just to seek care at this hospital. This is the only available hospital for over 70,000 people in her region. She was a recipient of the 2008 Nurseweek's humanitarian of the year award - previous winners were Paul Newman and Rosalind Carter. Many people from our church go to Zimbabwe to assist Kathy with her work. kathy@sebchristian.com