Who We Are

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.


Teaching Pastor Update.Oscar James, Teaching Pastor

Oscar James is originally from Liberia.  In August of 1988, by a miracle of God, Oscar left Liberia for the United States. Displaced from his homeland, Oscar completed his studies and settled in San Jose, California where he worked as a business professional. He later married his wife Sophie and together, they are blessed with three children, Leighton, Miles, and Sophia-Denise. Corporate America proved to be a blessing to his family but the Lord reminded him continually about the miracle of him being spared the trials of war in Liberia. He openly admits that he always knew God had another plan for his life. 

In 2001, Oscar affirmatively answered the call of the Lord on his life to minister to the people of his native land, Liberia. He set about to preach and share God’s love with everyone ensuring that all people might be saved.  Today, Oscar and Sophie are in charge of Ahead Ministries in Liberia and are ministering to thousands. Christ is preached, the hungry are fed, the naked are clothed, widows and children are being cared for. Through Ahead, they have planted several churches, operate schools, medical centers, drill water wells to provide clean drinking water, assist with farming programs, micro-finance, and hold training seminars.

Tiff Admin Elevation staffTiff PlanteAdministration & Ministries Coordinator

Tiff has been part of Elevation for many years. She has served as a volunteer in many ministries. Her favorite ministries are soundboard operator, the prayer team, and packing the closet. Tiff loves being part of the staff of Elevation and it thrills her she gets to help in this unique way.

Her chief focus is on informing the Elevation family about current events and other news. Tiff also is available to answer most Elevation related questions. In addition, you may find her filling in wherever there is a need on Sundays.

Tiff is also an artist. She loves to write, paint, and draw, but also explores other art forms. With each art piece, she tries to spread joy and show God’s love, mercy, and grace.

A word about how E works:

A group of dedicated ministers as both paid and unpaid team members propels E in all we do. We highly value our volunteers and could not function without their ongoing efforts.


Key Leaders

Ken Schulze, Board of Elders 
Mike Snyder, Board of Elders 
Justin Barron, Board of Elders
For a full list of leaders and ministries please visit our ministry page.