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.

Jamie RepetskiWorship Leader

Jamie was born and raised in Santa Cruz.  She started playing guitar when she was 8 years old, and later joined Gateway Bible’s worship team in Middle School. Growing up, she played with other local churches and performed for retirement homes. Jamie love animals, art, cooking, and helping others. She hope to make a positive impact in the community and aid Elevation on our path of growth and outreach..

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.