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 solanochurch.org

  • 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 solanochurch.org

  • 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 solanochurch.org

  • Jodie Hoffman - Director of Youth Ministry

    Jodie is a native of Berkeley CA. Born and raised here, she knows and appreciates the Bay Area, yet also remembers the struggle to find Christian peers and community growing up here. She teaches Piano and got her education from UC Santa Barbara and Northwestern University. She has lived in and participated in missions in other countries and is passionate about God’s love of unity and varietylanguage, culture, and color. Her desire and passionate prayer is to help the next generation understand their true identity as image-bearers of God, desire intimacy with him, and know the love of Jesus that surpasses knowledge! 

    Email: jodie at solanochurch.org

  • Martin Kang -  Operations  Manager

    Simultaneously born with his brother into a Christian home in Southern California, Martin came to personally know Jesus as a sophomore in high school. He spent a few formatively painful years living in Korea, grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, and came up to the Bay Area to attend college. There are far too many books, succulents, and coffee-related supplies in his apartmentbut he thoroughly enjoys them all. 

    Email: martin at solanochurch.org

  • Ryan Julius -  College and Interim Children's Ministry Director

    Ryan grew up in Napa, CA. While he was raised in a Christian home, it wasn’t until a missions trip to Zimbabwe when he was 17 that he really began to follow Jesus. After studying chemistry at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Ryan moved to The Bay to work with Cru at UC Berkeley. While working with Cru, he was able to develop skills in evangelism, discipleship, and missions. However, his true passion is for the local church, so after a few years with Cru he transitioned into serving through Solano. He is excited to learn how to serve through the local church and hopes to someday multiply churches in countries where there is less access to the gospel. Ryan loves basketball, music, reading, video games, and his mega awesome wife Melody.

    Email: ryan at solanochurch.org

  • Denise Boyle - Youth Ministry Assistant

    Denise is a Bay Area native.  Raised in a Christian home, she came to know Jesus as her personal savior as a young child.  She is a wife to Edward (since 1993) and mom to two daughters, Erin born in 1998 and Dylan born in 2005.  She has always had a heart for working with young people, and to be able to do that and openly integrate her faith has been a blessing beyond measure.  Denise has never met a craft she doesn't like, and as the wife of a hardware store owner has become handier than she ever imagined was possible.

    Email: denise at solanochurch.org

  • Terri - Administrative Assistant

    Terri, who finds it awkward to write about herself in the third person, was born and raised in Honolulu, HI in a Christian home. She came to faith in elementary school thanks to the faithfulness of two amazing, godly Sunday School teachers. Terri had no official administrative assistant experience before coming to Solano, but brought years of experience supporting her husband, Royce, in ministry—first as a seminary wife, then as a pastor's wife. When she's not working at Solano, Terri reads old dead languages, teaches, and plays in the dirt (aka excavating in Iraqi Kurdistan). In her copious amounts of spare time, Terri likes to experiment in the kitchen or get lost in a good book.

    Email: terri at solanochurch.org