Who We Are
We are part of the Church of the Nazarene, a family of 12,000 churches gathering in over 160 countries.
With roots that reach back to the Anglican and Methodist traditions, the very first Church of the Nazarene was started in Los Angeles in 1895 as a mission to the poor.
The name “Nazarene” refers to Jesus Christ who grew up in the humble city of Nazareth. Remembering that Jesus was a Nazarene reminds us that God identifies with the poor and cares deeply about the everyday needs of the common person.
What We Believe
The big rocks are the foundation of our faith. Always start with the big rocks; the little things don’t matter as much as these critical things. These might be considered “articles of faith”; so here’s the “big rocks” on which our faith stands:
We believe in one eternal infinite God who always was, is, and will be. He created and rules the universe; he is the only God, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26, Luke 3:22)
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, worked miracles and gave us an example to follow. Fully God and fully man, He died on a cross to pay the penalty for sin that separated us from God and rose from the dead to reconcile us to our Creator and to free us to have a new life in Him. Now, He sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. (Matthew 16:15-16, Romans 8:3)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is given to every follower of Christ to guide, comfort, convict, and adopt us into the family of God. He helps us grow into Christ-likeness by producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and He gives us spiritual gifts to empower us to meet the needs of God’s people and a hurting world. (John 7:39, I John 3:24)
About the Bible
Comprised of 66 books authored over thousands of years by dozens of authors, the Bible tells one seamless story: a passionate God on a relentless pursuit to redeem His creation. The Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God and is trustworthy and reliable for telling us what to believe and how to live. Within the Bible we find all we need to know about how to be saved from our sins and to live a life pleasing to God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We were created in the image of God to have community with Him. However, through a willful act of disobedience, we were separated from Him. The Father sent Jesus to redeem us through an act of atonement which culminated with Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Through our repentance from sin, God gives us the opportunity to trade our sin for His righteousness through faith. Jesus’ sacrifice is the only means for our salvation and reconciliation with the Father. (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 1:29)
About the Sanctification
We believe that God paid too high of a price for us to live no differently after our sins have been forgiven. We believe that no matter the stain of sin in our lives, God’s grace and cleansing goes deeper. Not only can he forgive us from our acts of sin, but he can cleanse our sinful nature which is naturally bent towards selfishness. We believe that the sanctifying grace of God can make the first inclination of our hearts – to do his will, rather than – to do our own selfish desires. So, a holy life is a life “whole – ly” surrendered to the Lord. Therefore, holiness is more about what God is doing in us, rather than what we choose to do or not to do. (Isaiah 1:18, Ezekiel 36:25-27, Matthew 3:11-12, I John 1:9)
About the Church
The Church is the Body of Christ and Jesus is the head of the Body. The Church is not a building or an event but the community of individuals who have put their trust in Jesus Christ. The Church is bigger than just our local church or even our denomination. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God, make disciples, make Jesus known to a lost world, and meet the needs of those in our communities and around the world. (Ephesians 4:11-16, Philippians 2:3-4)
We celebrate baptism as a first step of obedience for new followers of Christ, in which they identify with Christ’s death and resurrection and make a public declaration of their faith. (Matthew 3:4-6, Acts 2:37-38)
About Following Christ
When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, it ignites a spiritual chain reaction and produces evidence of our salvation. We are forgiven of our acts of sin and God begins a process of cleansing us from sinful nature that has taken up residence in our hearts when apart from God. The Holy Spirit assures us of our salvation, and empowers us for a life of love following the example of Jesus. The results are the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (I John 1:9, Galatians 5:22-23)
About the Future
In the end of all things, Jesus will reign eternally. Before him every knee will bow and confess that he is Lord. Those who have found salvation through Jesus Christ will enjoy His presence forever in heaven; those who have not will be separated from God for all eternity. (Philippians 2:10-11, Psalm 23:4-6)
Our Core Values
SLONAZ has three guiding core convictions:
1. It’s all about Christ.
2. We are called into Christlikeness.
3. We are called to Christ’s mission.
WELCOME people with the love and grace of God,
ENCOURAGE our community in a discouraging world,
BUILD each other up as live long followers of Jesus Christ.
We focus on W.E.B. because we value people.
Since we value people, 7 things are important to us:
1. Meaningful Worship
2. Sound Theology: based on scripture, reason, Christian
tradition & personal experience
3. Passionate Evangelism
4. Intentional Discipleship
5. Church Development
6. Transformational Leadership
7. Purposeful Compassion
Doug is a dad of three beautiful grown daughters and is married to his best friend, Sondi. They feel very fortunate to serve the Lord here at SLOnaz Church with some of the best people they’ve ever known. Both the staff and congregation are like family to them.
Doug fully surrendered his life to the Lord as a teenager and God has been faithful to him in 26 years of full-time ministry. What an adventure it is…. and what a privilege for them here at SLONAZ Church to live out His calling on them individually and as a church.
AKA, Doug 2.0, was born and raised in SLO and received his first local preacher’s license from this church. He has been actively involved in the children’s ministry of SLONAZ since 1981 and has completing 32 years working in elementary education.
His wife Nancy, an accomplished flutist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, works closely with him in both musical and dramatic areas. They have 3 sons, all married to wonderful Christian women, and 7 amazing grandchildren.
SLONAZ Lead Pastor | Since 2006
SLONAZ Associate Pastor | Since 2013
Moe has been married to his beautiful wife Tara for 8 years and have 2 amazing children, Paisley and Brixton. When he is not getting climbed on by the kids or cleaning up messes, you can find him taking pictures of the family and the nature surrounding SLO County. Moe has served as a College/Young adult Pastor and Youth Pastor in the Bakersfield area for 8 years and has a huge heart for youth and their families. His vision for ministry is to lead and equip students both junior high and high school, to live out their purpose in Christ, through
biblical teaching and relational trust.
SLONAZ Youth Pastor | Since 2019
Steve and his wife Darlene have been married for 44 years and have attended SLONaz for 12.
After serving as a layman for 10 years in various positions of leadership Steve joined the full-time pastoral staff in 2016. Steve and Darlene have two children, Ben and Melissa, and six grandchildren who refer to them as "Nana and Opa." Steve and Darlene are passionate about mission trips and have traveled on construction and medical trips to Haiti, Latvia, India, Honduras, Romania, and Cuba. They love this church and are excited to see all God has done and will do through the people at SLONaz Church.
Jordan has lived in Florida, Oklahoma, Hawaii, California, then Idaho, and is excited to be back on the central coast and a part of the SLONaz Church family. Jordan has his degree in Communications from Northwest Nazarene University where he played a major role in campus worship arts and ministry, something he is passionate about. He and his wife, Emma, were married Summer 2017 and can be found out enjoying the local eats of SLO county and exploring the many hiking trails and tide pools of our beautiful coast.
Lissa enjoyed growing up knowing the Lord all of her life. She studied Music Education at Abilene Christian University in Texas and began teaching music in 1990. She spent the following 26 years in the Seattle area raising her three daughters with her husband Duane. In 2007-2013, she was called to serve at the Northwest Church in the Seattle area as a Children’s Minister and was ordained. Her vision for ministry is Family Ministry. She was drawn to the Slo Naz Church by the genuine people and constant service that they do for the community and for each other.
SLONAZ Family Life Pastor | Since 2016
SLONAZ Worship Pastor | Since 2017
Childrens and Family Pastor | Since 2019
Tami was born and raised in San Luis, only leaving the Central Coast for a couple of years to receive her business degree from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita. Growing up knowing the
Lord, she solidified her faith at Hume Lake Christian Camp in High School. She has been married to her husband, Rex (also a SLO Native) for 25 years. They are blessed to have 4 amazing
children—Conner, Kayla, Andrew, and Abigail. When they are not running around to sporting events or other activities for their kids, they enjoy volleyball, hiking, and getting together with family and friends. They began coming to SLO Naz together in 1993
and have enjoyed every moment spent here with their SLO Naz family. Tami feels blessed to be able to use her degree and love for accounting to be able to serve here at the church.
Lori was born and raised on the central coast. She has been
married to her wonderful SLO native husband, Craig, since 2005.
They have a grown daughter, Sally, who has blessed them
They have been attending SLONAZ since about 2006 and are
involved in many ministries at the church.
When Lori isn’t sitting at the desk in the office, she and Craig,
enjoy going to garage /yard sales, thrift stores, and selling items
on their online stores.
Mary was born and raised in the Nazarene Church. Her Parents were pastors up and down the coast of California. Mary has had a calling in her heart for missions her whole life, Julian who speaks fluent Spanish
Has been the backbone in these trips, speaking and translating, and working hard on the job
sites. When not in the church office Mary loves to write stories, paint, draw and write letters! Her hearts treasures are, Julian, their children (7) and (7) grandchildren.
SLONAZ Accountant | Since 2005
SLONAZ Office Manager | Since 2010
Office Assistant | Since 2010