STAFF



SENIOR PASTOR

R. LOREN SANDFORD

Full time in ministry since 1976. B.A. in music from the College of Idaho and a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, 1976. Loren has served on multiple national committees and oversees/advises multiple pastors internationally. His heart is to father a generation of believers and leaders to walk in integrity and in the power of the kingdom of God. Author of multiple books, songwriter, worship leader and traveling conference speaker. Widely respected as a prophetic voice but sees his first best calling as a pastor to people. Deep in the Father's heart. Married to Beth since 1972. Three grown children and 11 grandchildren. Passion for worship and for seeing people in love with God and living whole and fulfilling lives with Him. Puts a really bad joke in the announcement video every week!

MINISTER OF PASTORAL CARE

MIKE ELLIS

Mike has decades of experience as a pastor, missionary to Russia, and a planter of ministries. Married to Patty and with grown children. Mike now works with us to be certain our people are cared for in every significant life event. He is full of wisdom and carries healing and prophetic gifts.

PASTOR OF MEN'S MINISTRIES/EVANGELISM

DAVE GROSSO

Dave is volunteer staff, licensed by us as a minister. He's been with us many years, is now retired and refired for the Lord. Married to Cecille. Has grown kids. Dave has a long and rich history in evangelism, mission trips and men's ministry stretching back the days of the Vineyard Movement and the Toronto Blessing. Dave also serves as one of our very effective trained lay counselors.

CO-PASTOR

BETH SANDFORD

Senior pastor's wife, same kids, same grandkids. Leads in many areas, including children's ministry (which she directs), worship and pastoral counseling for which she trained under her father-in-law, John Sandford, founder of Elijah House. Heads up Lighthouse Women. Plays several instruments and gives voice lessons to members for free, having been trained professionally as a vocal music major in college. Preaches occasionally. Handles many things husband Loren doesn't want to! Has written a book called "Living with Dad" and recorded a CD of worship. Fills her house with knicknacks and our church with joy. Keeps Loren sane.

PASTOR OF HEALING HEARTS MINISTRIES

INEZ SARAGOSA

Inez is married to our missions pastor Ray Saragosa. She holds a degree from Denver's Metro State University and worked for many years with the Thornton, Colorado police department as a victim advocate. For a number of years she has developed and led our Healing Encounter Weekends and is well versed in both Elijah House principles and Restoring the Foundations. She and Ray have several chidren and many grandchildren. Although Inez has been with us as long as her husband, she has been on our staff since 2017.

BUSINESS MANAGER

DONNA GULLY

B.S. in business administration. Has been on our staff since 1996. Works hard to keep the staff in line whenever we need money. Scrupulously diligent and honest. Plays keyboard on the worship team. Mother with two kids, both grown.

MISSIONS and COMMUNITY IMPACT

RAY SARAGOSA

On our paid staff since 1996. Has been developing our missions outreaches and community impact since 2002, giving away tons of food and clothing to the needy of our community, taking teams to help out with other outreach agencies in the city and developing strong ties to ministries on Native American reservations. Ray has a tremendously giving heart and gift for finding resources and opening doors to new relationships in ministry in various places. With his wife he oversees Healing Encounter Weekends. Married to Inez. Grown kids. Grandfather.

YOUTH PASTOR

Isaiah Patil

Joining us September, 2019, Isaiah will be full time working with high school and middle school to rebuild and reestablish our youth ministry. He is 22 and single, from York, Pennsylvania. He has completed both the Elijah House 201 and 202 trainings where he met and hung out with most of our administrative board members and counseling department people. He has experience in drug and alcohol treatment and has worked with the youth program in his home church. He's also both a worship leader and a great drummer! 

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EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

SARAH COMPERTORE

Sarah joined us May 1, 2019. She has a degree from Oral Roberts university in graphics and marketing and brings freshness and energy to our staff. Sarah also plays a key role in the Young Adult Connections group. And she is the pastor's niece!

RECEPTION/ADMIN ASSISTANT

YOLANDA ACOSTA

Yo has been with us for a long time, first as a member, then as our bookstore manager, and now we've added this title to her list. She works part time but usually puts in full time hours! She also serves in our counseling department and carrries a strong prophetic gift.


About our staff:

Most of our staff has been with us for a long time, some as long as 18 to 19 years. Stability lends dependabiity to the ministry. Our highest commitment and aspiration as individual people is to conform to the image of the Son. We value the trust our people grant to us and we know that to earn that trust we must reflect the nature of our Lord and walk by the highest standards of morality and integrity. Each of us cherishes truth-speaking. We need to hear from our people, even when it makes us uncomfortable. We want to walk in the heart of Father God and we long for all to feel safe with us. And we want to know you!