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.



    CONTACT PASTOR PAUL
    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.


    CONTACT PASTOR MATT
    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.


    CONTACT PASTOR JOHN
    Phone: 530-596-3683 x106


  • 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."


    CONTACT BECCA SARMENTO

    Phone: 530-596-3683 x103

    Email: becca@lakechurch.life

  • kevin kassel-celebrate recovery/maint.

    Kevin was born in Chico California in 1971. He attended the Neighborhood church as a child and was baptized in Chico creek at about 8 yrs old. He was raised by a God fearing, loving mother. He had the privilege of attending LACC in the firehouse as a child. Kevin spent 4yrs with Paul in youth ministry and has volunteered in Sunday school, and most recently in the AWANA program as a cubbies leader. He was called in to the Ministry of Celebrate Recovery in 2011 and has been the ministry leader ever since. He was asked to be the Northern Ca. state rep for Celebrate Recovery in 2014 and then in Nevada for a year as well, where he oversees 30 or so C.R.'s as well as helps start new ones. He has been blessed to be employed by LACC since 2011 where he  serves as the maintenance coordinator.


    CONTACT: Kevin Kassel

    Phone: 530-596-3683

    Email: kevin@lakechurch.life

  • Sarah Smith- office coordinator

    Sarah was born and raised in Chester and grew up in a Christian home.  She participated in youth group here at LACC throughout her high school years. (with Pastor Matt!)  After graduating from Chester High School in 2002, she moved to Reno, Nv for college. Sarah received her B.A. in Business and Communications from the University of Nevada Reno in 2008. After college, she moved back to Chester (for what she thought would be a short period of time) to decide how she would like to use her degree. While here, she met her husband and began bookkeeping for their small business. They are now raising two adorable, red headed boys who challenge Sarah to adventure, adrenaline, and almost constant chaos. Sarah is so grateful for the opportunity  to be able to serve the church as Office Coordinator. 


    CONTACT Sarah Smith

    Phone: 530-596-3683 x101

    Email: sarah@lakechurch.life