"Without a vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18

Staff and council leadership work collaboratively to set the vision for our church. Bethel's direction is rooted in our dedication to diversity, powerful spirituality, honoring of children, commitment to justice, and grace-filled healing.

  • Rev. Steve Jerbi, Lead Pastor

    Rev. Steve Jerbi joined Bethel Encino in 2017 after serving 10 years in Milwaukee at All Peoples Church. He earned a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Montana – Missoula in English Literature with an Environmental Studies minor. He graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with a Masters of Divinity and an environmental ministry emphasis.


    Pastor Steve is a passionate leader in youth and cross-generational ministry and the interconnected work of racial, economic, and environmental justice. He is a board member of the Interfaith Solidarity Network in the San Fernando Valley. 


    Pastor Steve along with his wife Jennifer live in the Valley where they are raising two daughters.

  • Ashlei Snead, Director of Bethel Preschool

    Ashlei Snead, M.A. is the Director of Bethel Encino Preschool. She also is an adjunct faculty member in the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 15 years. Her experience with children ranges from birth to elementary school and includes supporting children with special needs. She has her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University – Northridge, and her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Ashlei lives near the Preschool with her husband and two daughters; and they are also members of Bethel Encino.

  • Lisa Brown, Office Administrator

    Lisa Brown has been the administrator for 28 years.  She has two adult children who attended Bethel Preschool and Elementary School.  Lisa is an incredibly gifted and talented woman who has been a foundational leader in our community. She has a has a deep love for animals and nature, and leads our pet ministry. Beyond her incredible gifts one of the greatest delights is to come into our office and to see what random music will be playing each day and try to discern what smell of incense she might be burning.

  • Marc Mohr, Vicar (Student Pastor)

    Vicar Marc is a student pastor, completing his education with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Before seminary he served as a youth director at Shepherd of the Valley in Simi Valley. He and his wife are proud parents of two school-aged children. Vicar Marc's internship is through the beginning of August 2019.

  • Sara Adams, Director of Children and Family Ministries

    Sara has a passion to teach children, from infants to elementary age. She has been a Sunday school teacher for over five years and a Bethel preschool teacher for three years. She is native to the San Fernando Valley, born in Van Nuys and grew up in Encino and Reseda. She currently lives in Simi Valley and considers Bethel home! 

  • Jake Newton, Lead Musician

    Bethel honors the spirit of creativity. Our incredible worship team is one of the places that core value is clearly lived out. Bethel’s worship team is filled with some of Los Angeles’ most amazing and creative musicians. Jake Newton, singer songwriter, actor, and producer, leads our amazing worship team each Sunday. There are many other incredible musicians that together create Bethel’s music. We love to incorporate all types of music, including many originals. We recognize that God speaks through many forms and we find the sacred in many surprising places. Alongside our worship team we have a new arts team that is always looking for new creative ways to experience the Divine through co-creating alongside the Creator.

  • Loren Smith, Lead Musician

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  • Bill Meyers, Lead Musician

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Church Council

Every year the congregation elects leadership to serve as our board of directors. The council members are elected to a two-year term and can serve up to two consecutive full terms.

  • Tanner Worth

    Tanner serves as the president of the congregation. He is also a parent of 2 preschool students.

  • Chelsea serves as our Vice President.

  • Ashlei is the congregational secretary and is our preschool director.

  • Rebecca is the congregational treasurer and joined the staff as the bookkeeper in 2018. She is also a parent of 2 Bethel preschool kids.

  • Jim Christopher

    Jim is the chair of the campus use and property ministry.

  • Tina Mathieu Logie

    Tina works with our Advocacy and Outreach ministry.

  • Melissa Montecuollo

    Oversees all generational specific ministries from children's to youth to young adults. 

  • Vicki Parks-Murphy

    Vicki chairs the preschool advisory board and supports our preschool ministry.

  • Launa Prince

    Launa works with our partnership ministries.

Preschool Teachers

Find our directory of preschool teachers on the preschool page.