Our Staff

Saratoga Federated Church

Pastoral Staff

Care Associates

Sean Miller

As Lead Pastor, Sean is passionate about communicating the ancient wisdom of the Scriptures in compelling and practical ways and helping people enter into the story that God is writing—one in which they are a character in the grand narrative and redemptive plan of our creator. Sean believes that the role of a shepherd is a great gift and privilege.

As a leader in pastoral ministry since 1993, Sean has been invested in the art of guiding a faith community, especially its core leaders, toward greater levels of health, connection with God, and love toward others. Over the years, Sean has spent time working with students, families, and executive teams. He is a mentor, consultant, and enthusiast for other leaders and seeks to invest in the emerging generation.

Sean has been married to Holly for 26 years. They both grew up in San Jose and have three children, Mackenzie (23), Michaela (21), and Caden (17). They both love to travel, hike, read, watch movies, and spend time laughing with friends. In his spare time, Sean loves to drink good coffee, run, cycle, take long walks and long naps.

Sean studied Bible and Theology at San Jose Christian College (now William Jessup University) and Transformational Leadership at Bethel Seminary. He has also served as Adjunct Faculty at William Jessup University, teaching The Art of Biblical Interpretation, Discipleship Praxis, and Self-Leadership.

Sally Bryant

Sally joined the staff in June 2008 bringing a passion to link education with those intentional practices designed to bring us closer to God. While the Silicon Valley lifestyle can encumber the one who seeks a more contemplative approach to a Christian walk, Sally believes it remains a key component of one desiring to be more like Christ. 

Consequently, she looks forward to developing programs to affirm and support people in the most exciting journey ever taken: the journey to become more like Christ. Her love of education has been expressed through her pursuit of a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and a Doctoral Degree in Education with an emphasis on Organization and Leadership. She served for eleven years as an instructor and dean at two Christian colleges. From there, her journey took her to the corporate world of high tech where she was responsible for managing a global training program and directing marketing communications. She sees all of these experiences as preparation for being a part of staff at SFC and the unique calling available to her in this position.

The words of Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” come to her mind as she considers those she seeks to serve. It affirms the goodness of God she has come to know in her own life. It is her prayer that many will continue living in the light of that goodness and on into the future designed uniquely for each individual.

Jerry Bruce

Jerry has been a member of SFC since 1972. He has served SFC as a Deacon, Trustee, Elder, Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher and small group leader. Jerry has been on staff since 2001. Prior to joining SFC staff, Jerry’s career included being an auditor, controller, treasurer, CFO and consultant at various high tech firms in the area. 

In 2015 Jerry obtained a Certificate in Christian Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and later that year was commissioned by SFC to specialized ministry as the Minister of Church Operations. Jerry has been married to Mary Jane since 1980 and they have three children — Joshua, Shannon and David; with a daughter-in-law Lacey, son-in-law Jordan Williams, and daughter-in-law Giselle. Jerry has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from CSULB. Jerry enjoys applying his gifts of helps and administration here at SFC.

Kyle Logan

As Minister of Worship and Creative Arts, Kyle envisions and builds vibrant and engaging worship experiences, both contemporary and traditional, for all Sunday morning gatherings and special events. Kyle is an accomplished musician with demonstrated team-building skills and a real heart for mentoring and equipping others to walk with the Lord on a daily basis.

Kyle has over 10 years of experience in worship leadership and professional musicianship. He and his wife Tawny have three children: Indy, Oliver, and Kit.

Savoy Stevens

As Minister to Children and Families, Savoy is passionate about encouraging a sense of connection with God and facilitating personal transformational relationships with Jesus. She believes that a felt sense of God is developed within a loving and diverse community. This is the work of a “village.”

Her early years were spent in beautiful Chautauqua (NY) where she discovered a passion for the arts. In her first career, she taught Fine Arts at the elementary and high school levels. Savoy recently completed her Master’s of Divinity, with a concentration in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, at Portland Seminary of George Fox University (OR). She is a certified spiritual director and enjoys accompanying individuals on their spiritual journey. 

Savoy enjoys the company of her three children, Zander, Sage, and Shaelea. They all like adventures, sharing delicious meals and spending time laughing with friends. Books are Savoy’s “love language.” In her spare time, she likes exploring new places, new people, and new ideas – she also loves open water swimming.

Malia Clark

Malia is a proven leader with a gift for communication, bringing wise, relational leadership to our young people. Malia is also a compassionate individual who wants students to be accepted, loved, and connected to Jesus and one another.

Malia has years of experience in working with students—leading small and large groups and planning events, activities, and retreats. She participated in the Fuller Seminary Youth Institute and graduated from BIOLA University with a B.A. in Christian Education—Emphasis in Youth & Family Programs and a Minor in Biblical Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity.

Ali Olivo

Hi! I’m Ali and I’m so excited to be the new Middle School Coordinator for Saratoga Federated Church! My family has been blessed by attending SFC for the past 9 years. Over those years, I have volunteered in Children’s Ministry, Childrens Worship, Kids Choir, VBS, Middle School and High School Ministry, and Grief Care Ministry. I also sing in the Choir and with the Contemporary Worship band. I absolutely love music! I also enjoy baking, hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with my family. My husband Art and I have been married for 14 years and met at our church when we were in Middle School. Our paths crossed again in our early 20’s and now we have 2 amazing children: Reef (14) and Kora (12).

I am looking forward to blessing our teens and tweens and helping grow their relationships with God and with each other.

Sarah Penzel

My remembered journey with God began right here at SFC, as a kid. I have since gone to college in Texas, taught school in Honduras, attended graduate school in Miami for Physical Therapy, and returned home to the neighborhood I grew up in to raise 3 great kids with my husband Brian.

I have had different spiritual seasons in each of those places – doubting, learning to love God with my mind, finding God in the desert, rich times of communion in community, walking in the dark, and a journey inward over the last few years. I graduated from Sustainable Faith’s school for Spiritual Direction in May 2021, where I learned so much about listening and journeying with people no matter what their season. I look forward to meeting, loving, caring for needs and encouraging people to be more fully themselves, both at Saratoga Federated and beyond, as a part of the Care Ministry Team.

Please know I am here to welcome you in whatever season you or a neighbor or friend finds themselves- the ‘door’ is always open if you want to call or email!

Phone: (408) 867-1000, ext. 239

Mom's Meet Up

Let us know how many children you are bringing to the Mom’s Meet Up on Monday, November 13.

Jill Okamura

Jill has attended SFC since moving to Saratoga in 1988. Jill and David married here over 25 years ago and raised their children, Zachary and Anna, at SFC.

David and the twins’ baptisms in the courtyard are treasured memories. Having accepted Christ as a child, Jill is passionate about helping kids and their families connect and grow with Christ. She has served in youth and children’s ministry over the years.

Jill enjoys being a Buddy in our Bridge Builders ministry, participating in Night to Shine and Scouting with David. She is humbled to be asked to serve as an elder.  

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Barb Clark

Barb and her husband Chris joined SFC over thirty years ago and raised their four children at the church. She has loved being part of the Body of Christ here, and especially treasures various Life Group and ministry experiences. 

She recently retired after 21 years of teaching and now is able to spend more time with her adult “kids,” their spouses, and her seven grandchildren. She loves days at the beach, reading a good book, praying for and with others, and gathering with friends.

Glenn Aby

Glenn grew up in Cupertino and went to Humboldt State to get a degree in Social Work and Sociology and later a Masters in Education to be a school counselor. 

For the last 28 years that’s what he’s been doing. Glenn joined Saratoga Federated in 2001 with his wife Janelle. They have two children who have grown up at Saratoga Federated; Katelyn (19) and Jack (16). Glenn enjoys running, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Nick Kepler

Nick and his wife, Gail, have attended SFC since 2005, and their daughter, Jennifer, was active in MadHouse and LifeHouse until moving to Portland to study nursing in 2018. During his years at SFC, Nick has taught Sunday School, joined the annual house-building trip to Mexico and helped manage Serve Sundays. 

He currently helps lead a high school boys Bible study as well as serving on the Elder council. Nick grew up in the Bay Area and attended Menlo Park Presbyterian Church throughout his childhood. He has worked in the semiconductor industry for over 30 years and enjoys lots of bicycle riding whenever possible.

Margaret Dancey

Margaret was born in Oakland, CA and grew up in the Pentecostal church that was founded by her parents. She and her husband, Norbert Fronczak, have two children, Paige and Cameron, and have been married for 25 years. 

They came to SFC 20 years ago when Paige was a baby. The kids were part of kids choir and Mexico housebuilding. Margaret enjoys singing in the choir and engaging in other volunteer opportunities at SFC. She enjoys her family, her sisters, murder mysteries, travel and the beach. 

Morgan Griffith

Morgan has attended SFC since 2005. His wife Stephanie grew up at the church and teaches at SFC’s Village Preschool. They have teenage twins who are currently active in the Lifehouse ministry. 

Morgan has fond memories of his childhood church where multiple generations worshiped together and cared for each other; for this reason, SFC felt like home to him from the start. He has co-led high school boys’ Bible studies and currently helps with the Sunday evening Lifehouse gatherings. Morgan is a civil engineer and enjoys running, walking his dog and watching English soccer.

Carol Presunka

Carol, her husband Peter and their 3 children have been attending SFC for about 20 years. They were introduced to the church by the Lillo family, in particular Debbie, who created Bridge Builders for families such as theirs, who have children with special needs who can’t attend regular church.  

 

They moved here from Canada where Carol worked in telecommunications, but once here, volunteer work became her passion. She has worked for a non-profit, helping families with disabilities, served on the Board of the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation and currently is a School Board Trustee.  She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with friends. 

Eric Leonard

Eric has attended Saratoga Federated Church since he was in elementary school. He has served in many positions including mid-week youth leader, worship deacon, pastoral search team, nominating committee, elder and Sunday school teacher. 

Eric and his wife, Tracy, raised their three daughters at SFC. Saratoga Federated Church has been an instrumental part of Eric’s life, and the relationships and experiences have been a source of joy from the beginning. He loves SFC and the church universal and desires to have non-believers experience a relationship with Jesus Christ and believers to grow deeper in their faith. Eric owns his own business in Santa Clara and enjoys work, playing soccer and traveling.

Matthew Robinson

Matthew and his family are originally from Mississippi. Matthew joined SFC five years ago with his wife, Allison, who now serves as Childcare Coordinator for the Children’s Ministry. They have three children growing with Saratoga Federated: Elisabeth, Joshua, and Charlie. 

Matthew also serves at SFC in the Children’s Ministry. He has worked in various technology related fields and currently works as an Infrastructure Engineer. Matthew enjoys reading, following his children’s activities, and occasionally playing the trumpet whenever he can.

General Fund Update

As of March 12, 2023

Fiscal Year to Date:

Actual: $1,281,173
Budget: $1,478,868
Over/(Behind): $(197,695)

Last Week’s Giving:

Actual: $24,289
Budget: $37,075
Over/(Behind): $37,075

Scott Fritz

Scott has been attending Saratoga Federated Church for over a decade. Scott moved down to the Bay Area for a new job in July of 2010. He searched for a new church and a men’s Bible study and finally connected with SFC. While at SFC, Scott has regularly attended a men’s Bible study on Tuesday mornings, helped with the Men’s Breakfasts, and attended the Adult Sunday School class where, after a few years, he began teaching the class. In his professional career, he spent 40 years as an electrical engineer designing analog integrated circuits in the IC industry. He retired from electrical engineering in June of 2020. Scott was married 35 years, has three grown children and three grandchildren.

Kid's Choir

Register for the SFC Kid’s Choir.

Jon Giamanco

Jon was born and raised in San Diego, CA and has never surfed a day in his life. He and his wife, Steph, were married in the SFC chapel 16 years ago this past June and have two kids, Sophie (11) and Joel (7). Jon and Steph began regularly attending Saratoga Federated when they moved to the Bay Area in 2007, and both have held various volunteer roles while Steph is currently on staff as a Care Associate. Jon has served with the Youth Ministry, on search committees, construction lead for six Mexico house building trips, as a small group leader, a care deacon, and is currently serving on the Sunday tech and worship teams. He enjoys photography, playing many different sports, reading, and getting to participate and attend their kids’ activities.

Diana Miller

Diana Miller is the architect of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Initiative in Silicon Valley. Her strategic vision–to share knowledge of the program’s benefits to cities–will result in WHO’s recognition that Santa Clara is the first County in the United States to have each of its fifteen cities declared “age-friendly”. 

Recognizing the huge shift occurring in the demographics of older persons — and the startling requirements of a swelling universe of seniors with increased unmet needs — Diana embarked on a mission to inform civic leaders and motivate them to take action. Combining her passion with focus will ultimately yield a better life for seniors everywhere who will benefit from the global Age-Friendly movement that Diana is helping guide.

Diana’s dedication and talent spring from her decades of hands-on experience as a community organizer and her deeply personal commitment to improve the lives of some of our society’s most challenged populations. For six years early in her career, Diana utilized her skills in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, improving quality of life in housing, transportation, medical and safety issues for seniors there.

As an experienced non-profit executive, Diana has recruited, motivated and managed hundreds of volunteer leaders from diverse backgrounds, building their skills in community engagement, creative commitment and fund-raising. Noted as a strong and inspirational leader and passionate about pursuing her goals, Diana is respected and revered for her ever-present sense of humor and genuine desire to bring out the best in all the people in her life. 

Bill Yanowsky

Bill has a Masters degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. He is also a Certified Athletic Trainer with almost 30 years of experience in Sports Medicine specializing in Care and Prevention and Rehabilitation of injuries. He has worked with high school, college and professional athletes during his career. For the past 13 years, he has transferred his skills to personal training. He started personal training at the Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos and since Sept. 2022 he started his own business.

His clients range in age from 43 to 83. Most have extenuating physical conditions that include, osteoarthritis, Parkinsons, and/or heart disease. Through exercise and life style changes his clients have been able to increase strength and energy, along with improving balance and overall quality of life. We are learning through exercise how to combat aging and disease.

Feel free to check out Bill’s website for additional information.

Jeannie Mirassou

Jeannie Mirassou is the Founder of S.A.I.L. (Senior Advocates for Independent Living) Health Concierge, Certified Age in Place Specialist. Jeannie has 20 years experience in Emergency Room and Critical Care as a Practitioner of Respiratory Care.

Our goal at S.A.I.L. is to promote a safe and healthy environment for thriving as we age with focus on minimizing dependency on others. Home assessments are the cornerstone of the journey for safe living in your home for as long as possible. Preventing falls by redesigning your current floor plan (includes decluttering in certain areas), learning how to navigate through the medical system, and creating an emergency medical plan unique to you. S.A.I.L. is committed to lessening the common worries of aging; loss of independence, declining health, and running out of money. Together we will create a safe haven.

Laurel Smith

There’s a good chance that in a couple of years, Laurel Smith will complete her ninth decade still hoping to keep on keeping on. Having had three marriages, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and 32 vibrant professional years, she actively volunteers. Editing publications for various organizations, facilitating Zoom meetings, and singing in her church choir keep her engaged when she is not writing her memoirs, reading, streaming, attending online retreats and classes, enjoying outings with friends, mentoring younger women, and visiting her family in San Diego. 

Vandana Puri

Vandana is an accomplished and compassionate Senior Nutrition Program Manager dedicated to improving the lives of older adults through her expertise in nutrition and wellness. She has a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science and has been a registered dietitian for over 20 years. She holds a deep understanding of the unique dietary needs of older adults and is committed to enhancing their quality of life through a holistic approach. With a solid background in public health and a passion for older adults, Vandana has successfully led and implemented innovative intergenerational programming for the older adults in the community. Her strategic vision and commitment to quality ensure that the program she manages operates seamlessly, delivering nutritious meals, educational resources, and community engagement. With her strong leadership and unwavering dedication, Vandana continues to make a profound difference in the lives of older adults, promoting their well-being and enhancing their overall health.

Ladies Night Out - Feb 26

Complete this form to register for the Ladies Night Out event happening on February 26.

Ladies Night Out - Sept 14

Complete this form to register for the Ladies Night Out event happening on September 14.

Saratoga School Parking

We request that everyone who is able, park at the church and walk up to the school.

There is limited handicap parking at the school and limited on-street parking by the school.

There is also a nice drop off spot at the school in the parking lot for dropping off and picking up passengers.

Bible Skills, Drills, & Thrills

Register for this class that runs from October 11 to November 15, 2023.

Child's Grade Level

Points of Light, Oakland

Since 2007, POL has been reaching and saving at-risk youth in the inner city of Oakland by implementing creative and effective faith-based programs. We are instilling Christian values in youth and children, which become their foundation to inspire them to take courage and power to be a point of light in their communities, providing hope and relief to other youth within Oakland.

There are hundreds of churches in Oakland, but there are no inner-city youth pastors. Inner city churches lack the resources to provide for youth and children because of the needs and hurts in their communities.

ACSI Guatamala

Stuart and Sheny Salazar
ASCI Guatemala

The Salazars serve over 1000 Christian schools in 19 countries, including Mexico, Central, South America, and the Caribbean. These schools provide a  biblical world view and a Christian philosophy of education, which translates into fully equipped graduates that will be the salt and light this world needs. The Salazars ensure each school has the tools and training needed to raise up the new generation of world changers. One of their graduates was the president of Guatemala, elected in 2016.  

Empower Malawi

Empower Malawi

Bringing a new understanding of Jesus’ teaching on man, woman, and marriage, Empower helps end the horrific “Hyena Practice” and equips communities with educational opportunities. Since 2009, we have trained 1,100 pastors and leaders in biblical understanding of marriage, and equipped 250 men and women to offer early childhood education in villages to over 1,000 children. We provide loving homes for 20+ orphans, and we run a high school for girls and boys in a community where one didn’t exist previously. Our first-ever class graduated in June!

 

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. 

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man and crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; 

He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. 

And I believe in one united and apostolic church; I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.