Pastor Matthew is a storyteller, husband, dad, geek, technology enthusiast, and Disney aficionado. Matthew believes that everyone should have a sacred place where they can be who they are. As a church planter, he knows it takes intentional work to include those who have been excluded—especially by the Church. As a native of Texas, his favorite foods include chili con queso and Dr Pepper. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Matthew has a Master of Divinity with a special focus on Worship, Theology, and the Arts as well as a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his husband, Chris, live in Rancho with their son who you will often see running around on Sunday mornings. They are puppy parents to Elsie the Goldendoodle. Matthew is an avid watcher of television whose current favorites include Downton Abbey, Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and Star Trek: Discovery.
Alison believes that God loves you no matter who you are. As our Communications Coordinator, she makes sure our inclusive welcome is visible on social media and known in our community. She loves watching the Food Network and baking—she makes the best cookies! When not working, she can be found with her husband, Blake and daughter, Lilly going on adventures. Otherwise, you will likely find her at Target!
Sarah is a musician born and raised in Los Angeles. She’s a multi-instrumentalist, a versatile soprano, and an aspiring cat lady. She has enjoyed working with Sacred Place since May of last year, ever since connecting with Matthew through a Facebook group for gig listings. Between freelance performance and A/V recording jobs, she puts in a few morning hours behind the bar at her local coffee shop before returning home to her partner, Taylor, and their two cats. Together, they enjoy listening to music, cooking at home, and chasing laser pointers.
Our leaders are elected by the members of Sacred Place at the start of each calendar year at our Annual Meeting. They have the responsibility of keeping the mission of Sacred Place at the forefront while handling fiduciary responsibilities.
Moderator & President