Our Pastors

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Pastor Wayne Carlson

Transition Pastor

Pastor Carlson will be on site for Sunday mornings, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (or Thursdays, depending upon meetings being scheduled) three weeks per month.

Life verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Wayne has been married to Judy for 48 years. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren – four girls and a boy (infant to 8 years old). He grew up in a Christian home, and made a first-time decision to follow Jesus when he was ten years old. He is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He is ordained with the Evangelical Covenant Church, and has served in various pastoral capacities for 50+ years, including 14 years on the staff of the Pacific Southwest Conference.

Wayne is a pastor at heart. He loves the church and believes the church is God’s primary strategy for reaching the spiritually-lost with the good news of Jesus Christ. On a more personal level, Judy and Wayne enjoy spending time with their family (and friends), occasional trips to the Napa Valley and walking for exercise. Their favorite vacation spot is San Clemente, CA but they enjoy time in Hawaii as well. Wayne is grateful for God’s faithfulness to he and his family, and desires to serve Him faithfully as well.

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Pastor Haley Neiderhiser

Pastor of Student Ministries

Pastor Haley moved to Stockton from Cedar Rapids, Iowa in October 2013. She was excited about the opportunity to serve in a multicultural community and use Spanish in ministry. She was drawn to the direction that Stockton Covenant was going to focus on reaching out to our community, our “parish”, while at the same time focusing on reaching out to our world. Haley also enjoys the focus on growing deeper in Christ, and invite and challenge others to do so also. Haley loves introducing students to Jesus, encouraging them to follow Him, and inspiring them to think globally about the Kingdom of God.

In the past, Haley worked with students at New Covenant Bible Church and served overseas in La Ceiba, Honduras. With experience in Hispanic and cross-cultural ministries, various teaching venues and in drama and arts ministries, Haley has developed a vast ministry portfolio in her young career.

During her free time Haley loves physical activities like tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and basketball as well as more cerebral activities like museums, reading, and watching documentaries.

Haley graduated from Huntington University with a Bachelors degree in Youth Ministry.