Jay graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas and worked in the computer industry for several years. He received his Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and has completed most of his Doctor of Ministry work at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Jay and his wife Suzanne have three adult sons. Their oldest son Chris is a missionary with Kids Around the World. Their second son, Jonathan, graduated from UCLA, received his Masters in Theology from Talbot Seminary in La Mirada, California, and his PhD in New Testament from Trinity Seminary in Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Pastor in Camarillo, California. Their youngest son, Zachary, is working on his Masters degree from San Diego State. He is an active leader at his church in Southern California.
Jay's teaching style is practical and enthusiastic. His material is structured and relevant as he goes verse-by-verse through books of the Bible. Meaningful worship and small group studies are high on his list of priorities.
Jay loves to help Christians discover and use their spiritual gifts so they can experience the power of God in their lives.
Pastor of Worship and Arts
Josh and his wife Rayna moved to the Valley in 2011 to join the VCF staff as Pastor of Worship and Arts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2005 and a Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary in 2008.
Josh has passion for worship that explores the ancient and modern, the simple and creative, the communal and individual. His desire is to see the church thrive as an honestly broken yet passionate communicty of Jesus followers, seeking to live in the reality of God's grace.
Pastor to Teens and Parents
Mike is most importantly a follower of Jesus, and a husband to a lovely woman named Hannah. Mike loves youth ministry, and is passionate about seeing lives changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is equally interested in equipping and encouraging parents to disciple their children. Mike graduated in 2008 with a BA in Christian Ministry from Fresno Pacific University. From there, he studied at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena CA, graduating in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. Technically speaking, Mike is a "Master of Divinity." Although, no one really knows what that means. Mike has been in full-time ministry for 9 years. In that time, he has skimmed way more books than he has actually read, is an avid podcast listener, and enjoys all Frisbee-related sports.
Director of Special Projects
Louise is a California native, her heart has always been to help others and relieve suffering whenever possible. It was her caring and compassion that led her to volunteer and eventually work with the American Red Cross in Emergency Services. This allowed her to meet the needs of members of the Armed Forces helping to arrange for military family members to come home when they were needed by their families because of death or illness. Louise often times would do condolence calls to families who lost a loved one in the military and helped with and participated with the memorials and funerals services. Most of her 34 year career was running disaster relief operations such as Hurricane Katrina, California Wildfires, September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and many others disaster operations throughout the country to ensure that the needs of those affected by disasters where taken care. Louise also spent considerable time in working with and leading mission teams to Latin America and most recently went with the team to Costa Rica.
Louise feels blessed that God has been able to use her to help others throughout the world and she is excited about continuing to provide that support here in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Women's Ministry Director
Suzanne Marshall is the wife of Pastor Jay Marshall and mother to three Godly sons: Chris, VP and missionary of Kids around the World, Jon, a pastor and professor at Eternity Bible College, and Zac, who works as an exercise therapist and is working on his MDiv. With various degrees in Fashion, Merchandising, and a PhD in Women’s Leadership/Organizational Change, Suzanne works as a professor at Cal State Univerisity at Long Beach and program director over Fashion Merchandising and Design. Here at VCF, she serve as the Women’s Ministry Director.
Her passion in ministry is making everyone feel welcome, helping them get connected and make friends, and then feeling safe -- to share, learn and grow. Her desire is that everyone who comes to VCF feels they've entered a family who loves and accepts them, baggage and all, and who will support them through whatever struggles they face. Suzanne wants to be available to women and to support her husband as he leads.
Willow was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Cal State Channel Islands with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, she worked in many fields including childcare, accounting, and information technology. At the age of 21, Willow became a Christian after months of bible study with a church in Santa Barbara. More life change happened when Willow met her husband Kyle at church and were married in 2000. They moved up to the Santa Ynez Valley in 2005 and then became proud parents to identical twin girls, Kate and Ava, in 2007.
Willow loves living in the Santa Ynez Valley and is excited to share in the ministry work of building and supporting our families and communities. She is passionate about helping people feel welcomed and accepted, studying out discipleship, and continued learning for spiritual growth and a vibrant walk with God.