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

  • Paul Nuñez  - Associate Pastor

    Paul comes from a diverse background, having a bi-racial Mexican and Anglo ethnicity. Growing up in the poorer Burbank neighborhood in San Jose but educated in mostly upper-middle-class schools, Paul gave his life to Christ in 1999 while a freshman at UC Davis through the outreach of Cru. He married Jaimie in 2005 and they have the joy of raising three kids together. After graduation, he worked with Cru in campus ministry for 14 years. He recently served as an associate pastor for three years in Livermore, CA. 


    As a pastor, he loves digging into Scripture and is zealous for expository Bible teaching that is Christ-centered. He has a diplomatic leadership style and that aims to foster unity, ownership, and teamwork. Paul loves board games, playing and watching sports, and stimulating conversations over a good cup of coffee. 

    Email: paul at solanochurch.org

  • Miguel Castuera - Director of Creative Arts & Development

    Miguel was born in Burbank, California, to a Mexican immigrant family. 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. He married Olesia in 2019 and had a "Mexikranian" wedding with mariachis. 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

  • Emily Hansen -  Interim Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Emily grew up in a loving Christian home in the Central Valley (209!) and moved to the Bay Area a little over a decade ago to study at Cal. She earned a BA in Dance and Performance Studies, and went on to earn a MS in Dance/Movement Therapy from Sarah Lawrence College. Despite being quiet and introverted, Emily loves to be in community and to worship the Lord and share stories through creative outlets like dance, music and drama. She enjoys traveling, learning what being the Church can look like in different cultures, long walks in nature (or long walks in general), reading, and spending too much time talking about anything by Tolkien. 

    Email: emily at solanochurch.org

  • Jamie Flores  -  Director of Children's Ministry

    On Maternity leave through January 2022

    Jamie Flores grew up amidst the mountains of Salt Lake, the daughter of a Korean immigrant and a former Mormon. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at the University of Utah, and she began her teaching career in Atlanta, where she received her license in Mild Intellectual/Behavioral Disabilities at Georgia State University. While teaching in Washington, D.C., she met her husband, Angel, and shortly after getting married, they followed God’s call to move to the Bay. Currently, they live in San Francisco with their son and their dog. Jamie loves hiking, fixing things, and deep conversations.

  • Nicole Iwawaki -  Operations Director

    Nicole was born and raised on the Canadian prairies and moved to the Bay Area in 2000. Long time Richmond resident, sharing her home with her husband John and their adult children and anyone who pops by for a visit.  Nicole comes from a long line of Christ followers and has spent her life seeking and serving God. An avid gardener, gatherer of community and collector of books, feathers, awkward conversations and beauty. Liturgical prayers, garden posies, movies based on a true story and redemption are her jam. 

    Email: nicole at solanochurch.org

  • Martin Kang -  Communications 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 Laney College & eventually studied American Studies at Cal. There are far too many books, succulents, and coffee-related supplies in his apartmentbut he thoroughly enjoys them all. 

    Email: martin at solanochurch.org

  • Terri - Administrative Assistant

    Terri 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 archaeology). 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

  • 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

  • Ken Ernst - Interim Assistant Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Ken grew up in Albany and Berkeley and was an Albany High School cougar.  He began to follow Jesus while on a two-year study program in Bangkok during college.  After graduating from San Jose State, Ken lived overseas for 4 more years, teaching ESL to children and youth.  He is passionate about helping disciple-makers make disciple-makers, suicide prevention, and gospel allegory in fantasy manga.  Ken’s hobbies include exploring skyscrapers, UNO parties (stacking +4's allowed), water fights, trying very weird foods, social strategy games, and dancing poorly, but his favorite hobby is just doing anything totally new with good friends. 

    Email: ken at solanochurch.org

Leadership


  • Elders

    The biblical roles for elders can be summarized as teaching, modeling, overseeing, and praying, as found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 20:28 and 1 Peter 5:1-3. 


    The elders participate in and serve as the advisory body for Preaching and Teaching. Shepherding of Home Group leaders, Gospel Academy, Pastoral Counseling, and Agape Teams.


    Solano's elders are selected by the current elders via prayer, demonstrated calling and an interview process that includes their testimony, agreement to our Statement of Faith, views on our secondary and tertiary doctrines, personal character, Vision Alignment, and references from inside and outside our church.


    Our current elders are:

    Ang Lip Lim, Andrew Hoffman, Jason Lau, John Iwawaki, Peter Konz


    You can contact them by emailing elders at solanochurch.org.


  • Council

    The council helps to ensure the spiritual direction of the church and establish the purpose, mission, and values of the church through the following capacities: reviewing the ministry of the Senior Pastor; overseeing and recommending an annual budget; aiding in the care of staff and establishment of HR procedures; overseeing the missions committee; adding new members; and helping advise in the stewardship of facilities.

    Our current council members are:

    Andrew Hoffman, Dave M., Emma Hershey, Lauren Crustinger, Paul Sluis

    You can contact them by emailing council at solanochurch.org.