Solano Community Church staff

  • Andrew Hoffman - Lead Pastor

    Pastor Andrew Hoffman and his wife, Jodie, live in Albany, Calif. with their four kids. His chief ministry desire is to help people find and follow Christ. Andrew received his M.Div. at Trinity International University and also completed an M.A. in New Testament at Trinity, under the direction of noted theologian D.A. Carson. He holds degrees in literature and music from U.C. Santa Barbara and is a Church Planting Coach for churches throughout Northern California and Nevada. In addition to ministry, Andrew is passionate about family, friends, cycling and reading. 

    Email: ahoffman at

  • Danté Upshaw - Associate Pastor for Discipleship

    Danté committed his life to the Lord while attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA as a Theater and Communications student. He went on to study pastoral ministry at Moody Bible Institute, and Evangelism and Spiritual Formation at Wheaton College. He was ordained with the Evangelical Free Church in 2007. In 1998, Danté married Beverly and together they have three teenage children. Their family is passionate about the arts, and finds delight in spending time together taking Sabbath rest, or engaging others through hospitality. Danté joined the Solano staff after having served in multiple churches and settings in Atlanta, Chicago and Minneapolis. He spent nine years serving the Evangelical Free Church as National Director of African-American Ministries, and most recently spent five years serving as the Dean of Students and Director of Gospel Arts Ministry at an inner-city school. Along with his sincere love for the Lord and shepherd’s heart for people, Danté brings a wealth of ministry experience to the Solano team.

    Email: dante at

  • Miguel Castuera - Director of Creative Arts & Development

    Miguel was born in Burbank, California, to a Mexican immigrant family. He and his sister, Lily, both learned much of their English by watching Sesame Street. He began vocational ministry at the age of 17 at his home church in Glendora, California. During that time, he completed a B.A. in Music at U.C. Riverside. He enjoys spicy food, cycling, and socializing with all kinds of people. Miguel sees music as an important tool for the spread of the gospel in the Bay Area.

    Email: miguel at

  • Jackie Knapp - Director of Children's Ministry & Discipleship

    Jackie grew up in a Christian home and came to faith in High School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Master’s College. Jackie has studied child development and led children’s ministry in both the local church setting and the international missions setting. She also has experience as a nanny. From 2005-2013, Jackie worked with college students as Resident Director at Master’s College and as Campus Ministries Director at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI. Jackie will be working half-time with Solano Community Church while also pursuing a call to writing. 

    Email: jackie at

  • Laura Humphrey - Operations & Administration Manager

    Laura grew up in London and came to faith at university in the north of England whilst studying for a B.A in English Literature. She met her now husband Peter at university also, and they got married in 2013. Peter is a musician, fellow Londoner and grad student at UC Berkeley, so in August 2015 they moved to the Bay Area. Laura has a background in theatre and the performing arts as well as having fulfilled voluntary roles at her previous church - St Barnabas Kensington. 

    Email: laura at

  • Jessie Palmatier - Children's Ministry & Admin Coordinator

    Jessie is a Bay Area transplant from the east coast, and fell in love with the Bay Area while working in urban missions during college. She loves working with kids and is passionate about changing communities by empowering individuals. Her goal is to empower kids to be loving people with deep relationships with Christ who work toward making their world a better place. When she's not hanging out with kids, Jessie loves to spend time with friends and family, read and write, walk and run, make schedules and lists, and pet dogs.

    Email: jessie at