Our Staff

  • Paul Bernard- Lead Pastor/elder

    Born in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, Pastor Paul was raised in Joshua Tree.  He grew up in the Catholic church and committed his life to Christ in his late teen years.  Pastor Paul was the Youth Pastor at LACC for 8 years until he was called into the position of Lead Pastor in 2014.  He has been married to his wife Carol since 1996 and they have a beautiful  daughter named Samantha.  She is the highlight of their days. Pastor Paul holds a B.A. in English Literature from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and he graduated from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Intellectual Leadership.  His passion in the church is for preaching and teaching and he loves being out in God's wild lands and has been hiking, backpacking, snowboarding and rock climbing since he was a kid.

    Phone: 530-596-3683 x104

  • Matt Jensen- Christian education pastor/elder

    Born and raised in Lancaster California. By the grace of God, Matt grew up going to church because his mom took him (sometimes against his will). God opened his eyes to the gospel sometime around Junior High. He had heard the good news repeatedly for years. Due to the collective efforts of his mom, Sunday school teachers, and preachers at church he was awakened and responded in faith by asking for forgiveness and trusting Christ for salvation. He experienced the gospel that is the power of God for salvation for all who believe (Romans 1:16). He began serving in youth group when he was about 15 and this led to full time ministry as a youth pastor after college. He and his wife Marlo were married in 1993 and then served in Youth Ministry together for about 14-15 years (11 of these here at LACC). They became members of Lake Almanor Community Church in 1995. Along the way they had two awesome children, Mikala and Nicolas. They just recently returned from about 7 1/2 years in Ecuador where we served at Youth World as some of LACC's missionaries. They are glad to be back home and love serving the church in any way they can.

    Phone: 530-596-3683 x105

  • John Erickson- Worship Pastor/elder

    Born in Los Angeles, California, in August, 1960 , John was raised in a Spokane, Washington in a Christian  home. His musical training started at age 6 with involvement in the Salvation Army brass band. He played the baritone, alto and coronet.  In 1969, he committed his life to following and serving Jesus. During his Junior and High School years John sang in multiple choirs and began playing rhythm guitar, his primary instrument. John joined the Navy right out of high school and met his lovely wife Debra while serving at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as a teacher of Advanced Electronics.  He married Debra on December 21, 1985. After leaving the Navy in 1993 John served as the full-time Associate/Worship Pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Vacaville, CA.  During that time he graduated from Pacific Union College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Leadership. In April of 2000, he was called to Lake Almanor Community Church in the beautiful mountains of Northern California as the Associate/Worship Pastor. John and Debra have two children Virginia, and Benjamin.

    Phone: 530-596-3683 x106

  • Krissy House- Office Coordinator

    Krissy has enjoyed being a part of the LACC team since 2004. Prior to her employment at LACC, she was employed in the accounting field for 12 years working in both the public and private sector. Coming from a Christian home she cannot remember a time when her Lord and Savior has not been by her side. In 2010, He reminded her that he is always there (Matthew 28:20, Joshua 1:5) when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. (She won and loves to tell her story!) Krissy is native to the Lake Almanor area being born in Chester and raised in Hamilton Branch. She graduated from Chester High School in 1988 and went on to attend Butte Community College and Chico State. In 1991, Krissy married her childhood friend Davy House. Together they spent 22 years renovating a home and raising their children in Westwood. In December of 2013 they relocated to Greenville and are now on their second home renovation. Davy and Krissy have two daughters; Erin & Brooke. August of 2014 will be a busy month for the House family, Brooke will begin her senior year of high school and Erin, who has completed one year at Chico State will be married to Christian Hulsey. After the wedding, Erin will join her husband at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC.

    Phone: 530-596-3683 x100

  • Becca sarmento- Children's ministry coordinator

    I was raised in a large Baptist church in Modesto, CA. I came to know the Lord at a very young age and was baptized at 10 years old. I consider it a blessing that my mom made sure we were in church at every opportunity possible. We would volunteer at our church and at homeless shelters around the city, which gave me a heart for volunteering. I moved to Lake Almanor in 2008. I met my amazing husband Justin here in God’s beautiful mountains. We have three children; Kahlea, Skyler and Avery. I have volunteered in Awana’s, MOPS, Youth ministry and Children’s ministry. I pray that every person would be able to experience God’s grace and love as I have in my life. I believe children have been placed under our care to raise them in the ways of our Lord and according to the Bible. I desire the children of LACC will stand out and shine all over the mountain because they live like Jesus. Church should be a highlight of a child’s week, like it was when I was growing up, and that is my goal. I look forward to coming along side of the parents of LACC and serving the Lord by serving you. Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child up in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."


    Phone: 530-596-3683 x103

    Email: becca@lakechurch.life